Final

Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 4)

Series starts 11/30

Game 1: Tuesday, November 30th
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Heat92
Game 2: Sunday, December 12th
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Game 3: Wednesday, January 26th
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Game 4: Tuesday, March 29th
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Raptors 94

(7-9, 2-7 away)

Heat 92

(10-6, 6-3 home)

    7:30 PM ET, November 30, 2004

    AmericanAirlines Arena, Miami, FL

    1 2 3 4 T
    TOR 21 27 20 2694
    MIA 17 25 23 2792

    Top Performers

    Toronto: J. Rose 24 Pts, 3 Reb, 2 Stl

    Miami: S. O'Neal 34 Pts, 17 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Blk

    Rose's late FTs the difference

    MIAMI (AP) -- Despite Shaquille O'Neal's highest-scoring game of the season, the Toronto Raptors managed to snap a six-game road losing streak.

    Jalen Rose scored 24 points, including the decisive free throws with 15.6 seconds left, to help Toronto defeat the Miami Heat 94-92 Tuesday night.

    O'Neal led Miami with a season-high 34 points, shooting 12-for-15 from the field and 10-of-13 from the foul line. He entered the game a 43-percent foul shooter.

    "It's all about what the team does -- I could care less about what I do," said O'Neal, who added 17 rebounds. "I'm here for team play, I'm here for the team to do well. If the team doesn't win, then none of that stuff matters."

    After Donyell Marshall's tip-in with 2:01 left gave Toronto a 90-87 edge, Miami's Damon Jones missed a 3-pointer and Marshall put in a follow show to give the Raptors a five-point lead.

    Following a timeout, Dwyane Wade sank a 3-pointer from the right wing. On the ensuing possession, Wesley Person stripped Rose, and Miami tied the score 92-92 on Wade's jumper with 38 seconds to go.

    Marshall then missed a 3-pointer, but Eddie Jones fouled Rose as both players went for the long rebound. Rose hit both free throws with 15.6 left to give Toronto a 94-92 lead.

    "I was upset at myself for having missed a couple of free throws earlier in the game," Rose said. "I just wanted to step up there and knock them down."

    Wade missed a desperation 3-pointer at the buzzer.

    "For us, it was like a playoff experience," said Marshall, who finished with 16 points off the bench. "This team (Miami) is expected to go far, and we know we have to compete with them, fight with them for a playoff spot."

    Chris Bosh added 12 points and 10 rebounds as Toronto won for only the second time in nine road games.

    "You have to have mental toughness to play on the road," Raptors coach Sam Mitchell said. "You have to have mental toughness in this league every night. Our guys showed mental toughness tonight, and they just hung in there."

    Wade had 22 points and Udonis Haslem added 16 points and 10 rebounds for Miami, which begins a four-game road trip Friday in Chicago.

    Heat guards Eddie Jones (0-for-4) and Damon Jones shot a combined 1-for-10.

    "Nobody is going to come out of the lane on us because our guys are not making any shots," Heat coach Stan Van Gundy said. "We have good shooters and now that people are not guarding them it has become a mental thing.

    "If you want to be on a good team in big situations, you've got to step up and make shots."

    Rose scored eight points in the third quarter to help the Raptors take a 68-65 lead.

    Toronto led 48-42 at halftime despite O'Neal's 21 points and 10 rebounds. Leading scorer Vince Carter had only three points for the Raptors, who took the lead four minutes into the game and led for the rest of the half.

    Carter finished with five points, one rebound and four assists.

    Game notes


    Person was in the lineup replacing Rasual Butler, who had started each of Miami's first 15 games. Butler averaged just four points and 17 minutes during the previous three games. ... Toronto began its second six-game road trip of the season. The Raptors went 1-5 on a trip through six Western Conference cities Nov. 9-17. ... The Heat announced forward Malik Allen was scheduled to undergo a procedure on his back Wednesday and is expected to be sidelined six to eight weeks. Allen is averaging 7.1 points and 4.3 rebounds.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    TOR
    MIA
    Points 94 92
    FGM-FGA 32-80 (.400) 34-80 (.425)
    3PM-3PA 7-21 (.333) 3-15 (.200)
    FTM-FTA 23-31 (.742) 21-29 (.724)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 13-42 15-49
    Assists 16 18
    Turnovers 14 14
    Steals 7 5
    Blocks 4 3
    Fast Break Points 13 7
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 29 (0/0) 23 (0/0)

    Top Performers

    Toronto
    Miami
    Jalen Rose Rose
    Points: 24
    Reb: 3
    Ast: 0
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 0
    Shaquille O'Neal O'Neal
    Points: 34
    Reb: 17
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 1