Powell, Raptors regroup after blowing lead to ease past Heat
TAMPA , Fla. (AP) — Norman Powell scored 23 points, OG Anunoby added 21 and the Toronto Raptors recovered in the second half after blowing a 21-point lead to beat the Miami Heat 101-81 on Friday night.
Pascal Siakam had 15 points and 14 rebounds for the Raptors, who never trailed on their way to avenging a loss to the Heat on Wednesday night.
Kendrick Nunn led the Heat (6-8) with 20 points, but the injury-riddled defending Eastern Conference champions made just seven of 31 3-point shots (22.7%) in losing for the fourth time in six games. Bam Adebayo had 14 points and eight rebounds.
The Raptors (6-9) led 34-13 when Powell's layup completed an 18-2 run with 2:52 left in the first quarter. They were 8 of 11 on 3-point shots in the period.
Powell, starting in place of the injured Kyle Lowry, scored 19 points in the first half.
Goran Dragic had two layups and a baseline jumper and Gabe Vincent added three layups in a 19-5 Miami run that opened the second half and tied it at 61.
But Powell answered with a layup, launching a 12-0 Toronto run, and the Heat never recovered.
Heat: Played again without F Jimmy Butler and G Avery Bradley (coronavirus protocol), G Tyler Herro (neck spams) and C Meyers Leonard (left shoulder strain).
Raptors: Lowry did not play because of a toe infection. Coach Nick Nurse said Lowry tried to play through the injury Wednesday night and is hopeful of playing Sunday. ... Siakam played with a sore groin after a bad fall on Wednesday night. ... Powell averages 17.8 points and is shooting 55.3 percent in his four starts this season.
Heat: Saturday night's game at Brooklyn will be Miami's third road game in four days.
Raptors: Play at Indiana Sunday afternoon in the first game of a two-day series. The game has been moved up to a 1 p.m. tipoff.