TAMPA , Fla. (AP) — Norman Powell scored 23 points, OG Anunoby added 21 and the Toronto Raptors recovered in the second half after blowing a 21-point lead to beat the Miami Heat 101-81 on Friday night.
Pascal Siakam had 15 points, 14 rebounds and five assists for the Raptors, who never trailed on their way to avenging a 111-102 loss to the Heat on Wednesday night.
“This was pretty much night and day,” Toronto coach Nick Nurse said of his team’s defensive effort. “We were definitely flying around on D. It’s a good two-game scenario in that we learned a lesson. In the NBA, if you come out and you don’t play, you’re going to get beat.”
Kendrick Nunn led the Heat (6-8) with 20 points, but the injury-riddled defending Eastern Conference champions made just seven of 31 3-point shots (22.7%) in losing for the fourth time in six games. Bam Adebayo had 14 points and eight rebounds.
Heat: Played again without F Jimmy Butler and G Avery Bradley (coronavirus protocol), G Tyler Herro (neck spams) and C Meyers Leonard (left shoulder strain).
Raptors: Lowry did not play because of a toe infection. He tried to play through the injury Wednesday night and is hopeful of playing Sunday, Nurse said. … Siakam played with a sore groin after a bad fall on Wednesday night. … Powell averages 17.8 points and is shooting 55% in his four starts this season.
RAPTORS ALMOST CENTERLESS
Tuesday’s release of Alex Len left the Raptors with two centers. Chris Boucher is listed as a forward/center and starting center Aron Baynes, listed as a center-forward, played only 15.6 minutes per game before logging 23 minutes Friday night. “We didn’t see a need for a third center with Chris emerging,” said Nurse. “We’ve got a (roster) spot here and we’ll try to upgrade it with a biggerish-type player.”
HEAT GOING THROUGH TOUGH STRETCH
Miami coach Erik Spoelstra is trying to make the most of the many injury hits taken by his roster in the first 14 games of the season. Spoelstra stressed the minutes gained by younger players who would otherwise be watching. “We put this roster together based on (a next-man-up) identity,” Spoelstra said. “Because of all the missing parts this season … this is good for all of our guys.”