The Miami Heat picked up a much-needed win over the Toronto Raptors despite missing a handful of rotation players.
This was the first of two matchups between these two teams this week, but Miami took Game 1 thanks to an inspired performance of a season-high 28 points from Kendrick Nunn.
For more on the hard-fought contest, we had you covered with live updates, highlights and more.
Toronto Raptors vs. Miami Heat: Live score updates, news, stats and highlights
Final: Heat 111, Raptors 102
The short-handed Heat pulled off an upset win over the Raptors behind a season-high 28 points from Kendrick Nunn. Miami got a strong 14 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists from Bam Adebayo while Canadian Kelly Olynyk finished with a near-triple-double of 15 points, eight rebounds and eight assists.
For Toronto, Fred VanVleet's 24 points and nine assists kept them in the contest. Pascal Siakam and OG Anunoby chipped in 18 points apiece but the Raptors couldn't keep up with Miami's balanced attack.
Bam dimes 😍 pic.twitter.com/0ddsuzDsAl- Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) January 21, 2021
Fred VanVleet knocks down a 3-ball to keep the Raptors within striking distance, but Toronto still trails 99-90 with 4:12 left in the game.
As Bam Adebayo finally starts to get going offensively, the Heat are beginning to build a comfortable lead late. Adebayo knocked down a jumper to extend Miami's lead to 96-85 with 6:56 to play in the game. He's up to 12 points, 11 rebounds and four assists for the contest after a slow start scoring the ball.
End of third quarter: Heat 88, Raptors 83
The Heat have regained the lead heading into the final quarter behind Kendrick Nunn's 26 points, four rebounds and four assists. The Raptors defence couldn't keep Miami out of the paint in the third quarter leading to a bunch of easy buckets. All-Star forward Pascal Siakam has been quiet with just 12 points on 12 shot attempts. They'll need him to get going if they're going to pull this off.
We're in for a barn-burner in this one. The Raptors trail by two points at 79-77 with 2:54 remaining the in the frame. Fred VanVleet is doing everything he can to keep Toronto in it with 20 points, six assists and five boards. Kendrick Nunn continues to be Miami's offensive catalyst with 21 points off the bench. Canadian Kelly Olynyk is also stuffing the stat sheet with 13 points, eight rebounds and seven assists.
Halftime: Raptors 58, Heat 56
The Raptors flipped the game around in the second quarter thanks to a scoring outbursts from Terence Davis. Davis leads all scorers with 13 points while shooting an efficient 5-for-8 from the field and 3-for-5 from beyond the arc, doing a lot of damage as a cutter. Fred VanVleet's 12 points and four assists also gives Toronto a boost, whereas Kyle Lowry's five assists in the second frame alone has the offence clicking on all cylinders.
Kendrick Nunn's 13 points in the quarter matched Davis but Miami surrendered the lead with six turnovers in the frame. They'll need more from Bam Adebayo in the second half after the All-Star centre had just four points in the first half.
Always dunk your cookies pic.twitter.com/v7FzIM7cN8- Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) January 21, 2021
Update: after review, Duncan Robinson's previous made 3-pointer was deducted as Miami's forward stepped out of bounds. Three points were taken from the Heat's score and Robinson is back to 12 points shooting 4-for-4 from 3.
And just like that... an 8-0 by the Heat. It's been a game of runs as Miami extends its lead to 49-39 with 5:48 to play in the quarter. Kendrick Nunn is providing a major spark off the bench with 13 points, four assists and three boards while Duncan Robinson still has not missed from 3, shooting a perfect 5-for-5 from long range for 15 points.
KNunn came out of the break on a mission pic.twitter.com/XEAfWeX89R- Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) January 21, 2021
The Raptors respond with an 8-0 run of their own to cut Miami's lead to just 37-34 with 8:14 remaining in the half. OG Anunoby's second 3-pointer of the quarter forced head coach Erik Spoelstra to take a timeout to try and halt momentum.
End of first quarter: Heat 29, Raptors 23
The Heat ended the first quarter on an 13-4 run to take a six-point lead into the second frame. On one of the final possessions of the quarter, Pascal Siakam threw down a strong dunk on Miami rookie Precious Achiuwa but landed awkwardly and was forced to the sidelines, walking off the court under his own power. Updates to follow.
It's a back-and-forth affair in Tampa as the Raptors and Heat are trading blows. Miami leads 23-19 with 2:35 remaining in the quarter behind Duncan Robinson's 12 points on a perfect 4-for-4 from beyond the arc. Kyle Lowry is pacing Toronto's offence early, scoring the Raptors' first seven points.
Starting behind the arc.- Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) January 21, 2021
The usual. pic.twitter.com/rs6gxMBkFP
The Heat will start Goran Dragic, Gabe Vincent, Duncan Robinson, Kelly Olynyk and Bam Adebayo.
The first 🖐️ to start the trip pic.twitter.com/8GNS8JFgxm- Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) January 21, 2021
The Raptors will stick with the same starting five: Kyle Lowry, Fred VanVleet, OG Anunoby, Pascal Siakam and Aron Baynes.
Tonight's @Invisalign starting lineup. #WeTheNorth pic.twitter.com/mibw2GLi69- Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) January 21, 2021
Quite the lengthy injury report for the Heat, who will be without Jimmy Butler, Tyler Herro, Avery Bradley and Meyers Leonard.
#MIAvsTOR UPDATE: Tyler Herro (neck), Meyers Leonard (shoulder), Avery Bradley and Jimmy Butler (health and safety protocols) have all been ruled out of tonight's game vs the Raptors.- Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) January 20, 2021
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