The Toronto Raptors didn’t suffer too much from Kyle Lowry’s absence on Friday night in Tampa, as they won by a 101-81 mark ahead of the Miami Heat.
Indisposed by an infection in a toe of the right foot, Lowry gave up his post to the attack of the Raptors to Norman Powell. The latter did well by leading his own with a production of 23 points.
A big chunk was also missing from the Heat’s side, as Jimmy Butler was once again on the absentee list linked to the NBA’s security protocol for COVID-19. The all-star has only played six of his team’s 13 games this season. Kendrick Nunn stood out in his absence by collecting 22 points.
The Raptors took control from the start of the game, dominating the Heat 37-20 in the first round. After slowing down in the second and third quarters, the home side finished the game strong, winning 28-17 in the fourth quarter.
Siakam and Anunoby’s contributions
While he was in doubt for this game due to a groin injury in his left leg, Pascal Siakam managed a double-double registering 15 points and 14 rebounds. OG Anunoby also did well, hitting five of his six throws at the three-point line and ending the game with 21 points, a high for him this season.
For his part, Quebecer Chris Boucher scored five points and as many rebounds in nearly 20 minutes of play.
After splitting the honors in this short two-game series against the Heat, the Raptors will face the Indiana Pacers on Sunday and Monday in Indianapolis.