Monday , Dec , 11 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Raptors try to get hot in Miami

(Sports Network) – The defending world champion Miami Heat try to get back on
the winning track when they welcome the Toronto Raptors tonight to
AmericanAirlines Arena.

Miami plays the first of a two-game homestand. On Friday, J.R. Smith poured
in a career-high 37 points on 12-of-18 shooting to lead the Denver Nuggets
over the Heat, 123-107, at the Pepsi Center.

All-Star Dwyane Wade and Udonis Haslem both scored 21 points in the loss to
Denver for the Heat, who have dropped two of their last three games overall.
Jason Kapono netted 19 off the bench, while Dorell Wright ended with 11 points
in defeat.

The Heat are 3-6 at home this season. They will host reigning MVP Steve Nash
and the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday.

Toronto, which has lost three in a row, begins a two-game road trip this
evening. On Sunday, Jarrett Jack had 22 points, nine rebounds and eight
assists to lead the Portland Trail Blazers to a 93-83 win over the Raptors at
Air Canada Centre.

Morris Peterson scored a season-best 23 points and T.J. Ford ended with 19
points, six rebounds and six assists in the loss to Portland for the Raptors,
Jorge Garbajosa finished with 10 points and seven rebounds for Toronto, which
played without All-Star forward Chris Bosh, who missed the game with a sore
left knee.

Bosh leads the Raptors in scoring (20.5 ppg) and rebounding (12.2 rpg). He is
expected to miss tonight’s contest.

The Raptors, who will visit Dwight Howard and the Orlando Magic on Wednesday
at TD Waterhouse Centre, are a dismal 2-10 on the road this season.

Toronto has lost two straight after winning its last two at Miami. The Heat
have captured six of the last seven meetings in this series.