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Raptors crush Heat 96-87
Toronto, Canada (BASN) — It was a great night if you were a Raptors fan as you not only got to see your ball club handle business at home but you also got to see some amazing performances.
Let’s break down the night, shall we?
With 34 points tonight, Raptors’s DeMar DeRozan became the first player since Michael Jordan in 1986 to open a season with five 30+ games.
‘ I don’t believe it, said DeRozan. ‘Let me just say that, I don’t believe it. ‘
But DeRozan should believe it as his game has no doubt improved during the off-season. And despite being ranked the 46th best player in Sports Illustrated’s top 100, which one of his teammates jokingly made reference to during DeRozan’s post-game interview, Coach Dwane Casey knows there’s more to come.
” I think he’s still evolving as a player, said Casey. “When you can call his name in that group of people, he’s doing something special.”
The Raptors got off to a slow start in the first few minutes of the opening quarter, however, things quickly changed when Terrence Ross stepped onto the court.
From 3’s to a circus shot/3-point play, things just seemed to be going Ross’ way.
“ In the past he wasn’t as aggressive as he is now,” said DeRozan. “A lot of great thing comes out of being aggressive like that cause he’s one of the best scorers of this team.”
Bench and Defense
The Raptors bench was hot tonight outscoring (36-29) and outrebounding (23-12) Miami.
‘There’s going to be a lot of nights where we are going to rely on our bench on both ends to give us the energy that we need so we can follow behind them,” said DeRozan.
Ross adds, ‘That’s always been our focus – defense. Coach preaches defense so when our shot is not falling, defense is going to carry us through the game.”
NOTE: The Raptors fall 91-96 to the Sacramento Kings with DeMar DeRozan scoring 23 points.