‘Big Three’ Power Miami Heat Past Raptors: Fan Reaction

The Miami Heat earned a much needed road victory on March 30, defeating the Toronto Raptors 113-101. With the win, the Heat remain on the heels of the Eastern Conference leading Chicago Bulls, trailing by three and a half games.

Miami's offense was simply amazing against the Raptors, shooting 57 percent from the field. They took control of the game right from the start, taking an eight point lead into the halftime break. The Raptors put on a valiant comeback effort in the third quarter. But they Heat quickly answered back, stifling the Raptors' offense in the final quarter.

Even though the Heat's defense eventually saved the day, it certainly had a lot of holes earlier in the game. The Heat gave the Raptors too many clean looks at the basket, making the game a lot more competitive than it should have been.

"We came out with a lot of energy and effort," LeBron James told reporters after the game. "Toronto made a lot of shots, they kept getting closer but we just tried to continue to wear on them, worked on our habits and we were able to close the game out in the fourth."

Miami's "big three" played well against the Raptors, finishing with a combined 86 points. However, their bench players failed to show up against Toronto, putting up a combined 13 points and 8 rebounds. Luckily for the Heat, they got a much needed boost from Mario Chalmers, who walked away with 14 points and 5 assists.

The Heat might have gotten a road victory against the Raptors, but their road problems are far from over. The Raptors are one of the worst teams in the NBA, yet, the Heat could barely contain their offense, allowing them to shoot 54 percent from the field.

A similar performance probably won't be enough to get them past their next game against the Boston Celtics, on April 1.

David is a Miami Heat fan that has followed the team for 16 years. Follow him on twitter @davidkingwriter and check out his blog.

Sources:

Associated Press, "Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh power Heat past Raptors"

Player and game information from ESPN.com

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Updated Saturday, Mar 31, 2012