Regular Season Series (Game 4 of 4)

Series starts 11/30

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

Raptors 91

(29-41, 8-28 away)

Heat 103

(54-18, 32-5 home)

7:30 PM ET, March 29, 2005

AmericanAirlines Arena, Miami, FL

1 2 3 4 T
TOR 29 22 25 1591
MIA 25 26 28 24103

Top Performers

Toronto: C. Bosh 16 Pts, 13 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

Miami: S. O'Neal 28 Pts, 9 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl, 2 Blk

Peterson, Mitchell ejected in Raptors' loss

MIAMI (AP) -- A distinct chill was coming from the sheet of ice that will host a traveling skating show this week. And when the Toronto Raptors lost their cool, they were finished.

Shaquille O'Neal had 28 points and Dwyane Wade added 27, leading the Miami Heat to a 103-91 win Tuesday in a game marred by the fourth-quarter ejections of Raptors forward Morris Peterson and coach Sam Mitchell.

Damon Jones added 14 for Miami, which outscored Toronto 24-10 over the final 8:01, extended its franchise-best home winning streak to 17 games and moved 10 games ahead of Detroit in the Eastern Conference standings. The Heat could clinch home-court advantage for the first three playoff rounds by Saturday.

"Sometimes we come out fast, sometimes we don't," Wade said. "But as long as we end strong, that's all we really care about."

Rafer Alston had 19 points and Chris Bosh had a 16-point, 13-rebound game for the Raptors, who also got 15 points from Peterson.

Miami led by six points with 3:46 left when Wade drove the lane and was fouled by Peterson. The two got tangled up, exchanged words and were separated -- but Peterson kept shouting as O'Neal tried to intervene.

"He fouled me pretty hard and after the play, he fouled me again," Wade said. "I let him know, pretty much, that you can't do that."

Wade was called for one technical; Peterson was called for two, drawing the second after his shouting fit.

"We were playing hard and for the most part I thought we had a chance to win the game," Peterson said. "So when something like that happens, (it's) your emotions that take charge. I got the short end of the stick."

Mitchell was thrown out with 1:47 remaining after arguing a foul called against Jalen Rose, who clearly tried to trip Eddie Jones under the basket after the two battled for a rebound.

"There's nothing I can say that wouldn't get me fined," Mitchell said. "When you have three or four players cursing at each other, how do you determine which one said the worst of the profanity?"

The Heat didn't escape the game unscathed. Eddie Jones, who had 11 rebounds for just the 14th double-double of his career, injured his right ankle with 1:11 left and was helped off the floor. He appeared to roll the ankle while leaping into the first row of stands for a loose ball, but X-rays were negative.

Jones, who received treatment after the game and said the ankle "wasn't all that bad," and he's hopeful of playing in Indiana on Thursday. He said he slipped on a spilled drink and was afraid the injury was very serious.

"I'm not going to coach worried about that stuff. I mean, if I didn't want to get guys hurt, I wouldn't play any of them," Heat coach Stan Van Gundy said. "And nobody would get hurt. We wouldn't win, but we'd keep everybody very healthy."

Miami led for only 1:44 of the first half, missed nine of its first 10 shots and allowed Toronto to shoot 50 percent in the opening two quarters -- yet still managed to go into halftime tied at 51.

O'Neal had 18 points in the half; he, Wade and Damon Jones combined to score 42 of the Heat's points before halftime. While the Heat was relying on only a trio, Toronto was getting contributions from its entire roster -- each of the 10 Raptors who logged time in the half scored at least two points.

The same threesome scored Miami's first 12 points in the third quarter, and when Eddie Jones, who missed eight of his first nine shots, hit a 3-pointer from the right corner with 7:33 left, Miami went up 66-59.

Toronto answered with a 13-5 run, with Bosh getting consecutive baskets to put the Raptors up 72-71 with 2:37 left in the third period. But Keyon Dooling and Shandon Anderson scored the game's next eight points for Miami and helped the Heat end the third with a 79-76 lead.

"We had to conjure up some energy for this team," O'Neal said. "It's hard to conjure up energy for a team like that. A team like that is always going to have a little more energy, get up a little bit more."

Game notes

Assistant coach Jim Todd took over following Mitchell's ejection. ... Raptors forward Matt Bonner had an interesting second-quarter line: five minutes, 3-for-3 from the floor, seven points, four fouls. ... The halftime tie was Miami's first of the season. ... Dolphins coach Nick Saban and actor David Hasselhoff were among those at the game. ... The 6-foot-2 Alston won a jump ball against 6-8 Udonis Haslem midway through the fourth quarter.

Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


Team Stat Comparison

Points 91 103
FGM-FGA 35-81 (.432) 38-78 (.487)
3PM-3PA 6-16 (.375) 4-13 (.308)
FTM-FTA 15-23 (.652) 23-32 (.719)
Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 10-38 10-44
Assists 19 23
Turnovers 11 13
Steals 8 4
Blocks 2 3
Fast Break Points 22 14
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 24 (4/0) 21 (1/0)
Largest Lead 6 15

Top Performers

Chris Bosh Bosh
Points: 16
Reb: 13
Ast: 2
Stl: 1
Blk: 1
Shaquille O'Neal O'Neal
Points: 28
Reb: 9
Ast: 3
Stl: 1
Blk: 2