By Alejandro Freixes, CCNN Head Writer
After entering the fourth quarter down by five, the Miami Heat turned it up and defeated the Toronto Raptors 102-97. LeBron James delivered 30 points and Michael Beasley scored 17, but the real key to the Heat’s victory was their strong defense. While Miami only shot 7 for 20 in the fourth, the Raptors couldn’t manage more than 6 for 21.
“They got more aggressive,” said Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry. “We weren’t attacking as much in transition. First three quarters we were able to get out and run a little bit more. The quarter started very slow for us and it really hurt us.” Toronto’s DeMar DeRozan, who scored 26 points on 11-for-19 shooting, explained, “We couldn’t get a bucket. Things were going our way and then it came down to LeBron hitting a couple of big shots.”
Miami Heat is now sitting powerfully at the top of the Southeast Division with 26 wins and 8 losses. They’ve also now won 21 consecutive division games, matching the 2nd longest such streak in NBA history.
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