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Barnes’s double-double leads Raptors past Heat

The Toronto-Miami Heat defense kept opening up to Scotty Barnes for sharp passes or scoring chances, which he took full advantage of.

Barnes had a double-double with 22 points and a career-high 12 assists as the Toronto Raptors beat Miami 106-92 on Tuesday. recorded a rebound of

“Every game is different. Teams play defense differently,” Barnes said. “Today I found something to read and was playing.

“Everybody was in the right place and people were making shots.”

Pascal Siakam missed his own double-double with 26 points and 9 rebounds as the Raptors (38-38) won their third straight. Barnes said having Siakam on the court makes his job as a playmaker easier.

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“He gets a lot of attention,” Burns said. “Of course he’s very good at scoring the ball, but he also has a high IQ that allows him to pass when he sees a double team coming very early.

“So he gets a lot of attention, so it’s created for everyone else.”

The Raptors sit ninth in the tightly packed East standings, two games behind sixth-placed Miami. From his 6th place in the conference he goes to 10th place in the play-in portion of the NBA postseason.

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Toronto is 26-14 at home this season, but the Raptors embark on a five-game trip on Friday after the regular season ends.

“We want to go out and play games with fun and urgency and follow the game plan and do the best we can,” Siakam said of Road Trip. Leave everything on the floor to give yourself a chance to win.”

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Tyler Herro scored 33 points (40-36) for Miami, while All-Star forward Jimmy Butler was sidelined with a sore neck.

Bam Adebayo had a 21-point, 12-rebound double-double, while former Raptors guard Kyle Lowry had six points and five rebounds off the bench.

Miami is half a game behind Brooklyn in the standings, but the Nets hold the tiebreaker after winning the season series.

Guard Victor Oladipo said, “All the losses right now are tough. “Obviously it’s a tight race in the East.

“Every loss is painful, but we need to understand it because it’s important to understand it.”

Barnes grabbed Oladipo’s pocket and scored a breakout slam dunk in the final seconds of the first quarter to give Toronto a 24-23 lead. Barnes led all scorers with 12 points in the first 12 minutes of play.

Another Barnes dunk with 3:51 left in the half gave the Raptors a 3-point lead and forced Miami into a timeout. Toronto outscored the Heat 10-7 when play resumed with him leading 53-47 at the break.

An 11-1 run early in the third set helped the Raptors build a 16-point lead with 5:26 into the quarter. Toronto guard Fred He drove VanVleet His layup extended, leading to 19 points, Scotiabank his 19,800 fans in his arena rose up with 3:08 left in the quarter . The Raptors held an 84-67 lead through the fourth round.

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Precious Achiuwa improved Toronto’s shot from across the arc to 5-28 with a 3-point shot just over a minute into the final quarter.

The Raptors have a 19.6% 3-point shooting percentage so far this season (9/46) in a 104-101 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks on January 4.

Back-to-back 3-pointers from Achiuwa and OG Anunoby and a second-half 3-shooter from VanVleet helped Toronto avoid a worse shooting percentage from over the arc, finishing with 22.2% (8/36). .

Hurt the Raptors — The Raptors line up guards Gary Trent Jr. (stiff right elbow) and Will Burton (sprained left ankle) and forward Joe Wieskamp (strained right hamstring) before the game announced that he was out of

UP NEXT — The Raptors will visit the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday at 7 p.m. ET.

Miami travels to Manhattan to face the New York Knicks on Wednesday.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on March 28, 2023.

© 2023 The Canadian Press

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