Too Much Heat


Lowry Returns from Thumb Injury, but Toronto Raptors Fall to Heat

Those pesky and annoying Miami Heat.

Marked by the return of Kyle Lowry, the Toronto Raptors fell for a second straight game, unable to overcome Jimmy Butler and the Heat. Lowry finished the night with 24 points, eight assists and seven dimes, but it wasn’t enough. Butler torched the Raptors with 27 points and 10 assists en route to a 116-108 victory.

After missing four straight games due to a thumb injury, Lowry was happy to be back in the fold and was definitely impressed by his team’s play in his absence.

“Listen, at the end of the day that’s still my team and I’m still cheering for my team,” said Lowry. “I don’t care if they win every game without me. I want them to win every game without me. That’s just a good team, a great team whether I’m playing or I’m not playing. We want to go out there and I want my team to win every single game whether I’m playing or not.

“It [shows] us how talented we are. Freddie [VanVleet] is really good, he should have been an all-star this year. Pascal [Siakam] is really good. He’s been an all-star. Norm [Powell] is really good. OG [Anunoby] is really good. We have a well-coached team. So that just shows the growth of our team and just the continuation of how good those guys are going to get and be.”

Defensively, the Raptors struggled, especially in the second quarter as the Heat were hot from long range, cashing in on 45 percent of their attempts and shooting 46 percent for the game. The hot shooting combined with the Heat’s ability to take advantage of Raptors turnovers came to bite Toronto as they fell to 16-17 on the season.

The Raptors will now look to rebound on Friday as they take on the Houston Rockets!


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