(Tampa) Very inefficient in the last quarter, the Toronto Raptors were beaten 111-102 by the Miami Heat on Wednesday.
In continuous play, the Raptors managed just one of their first eight shots in the fourth quarter, allowing the Heat to build a 95-86 cushion.
The game began to slip away for the Toronto club in the third quarter, where Miami took the lead with eight straight points, halfway through the engagement.
“We were a little behind in a number of ways,” said Raptors coach Nick Nurse.
“Decisions, finding exposed players, that sort of thing. The Heat were playing more intensely. We had some difficult passages, and our good sequences were not enough. ”
The Raptors were leading 58-56 at the half, but after the third quarter, the Heat led by five points.
This season, Toronto is 0-7 when in deficit after 36 minutes.
Fred VanVleet had 24 points for the Raptors (5-9), who had won three games in a row.
“We generated offense for a good part of the game,” said VanVleet. Unfortunately, we broke down at the wrong time.
“We also have to be more opportunistic when there are turnovers, but we have to give the Heat credit. They played better than us. ”
Pascal Siakam and OG Anunoby added 18 points each.
Terence Davis provided 16 points (and three steals), but Kyle Lowry was limited to eight points, in part because of a 1-in-10 performance for three-pointers.
The two clubs will also meet on Friday, once again in Tampa.
Kendrick Nunn led the Heat with 28 points, 11 more than Goran Dragic.
Canadian Kelly Olynyk collected 15 points.
The Heat was notably deprived of Jimmy Butler, in connection with the protocols concerning the pandemic, and of Tyler Herro, who is annoyed to the neck.