James and Bosh both said they'll savor the win as they head out
west four a four-game trip.
"The mood always lightens after a win. People are nicer, the
food tastes better, practice is a lot more fun," Bosh said.
The Raptors went on an 18-2 run late in the fourth to seal the
victory, ending their longest losing streak since a 12-game skid
from Dec. 18, 2002-Jan. 10, 2003.
Toronto's win leaves the Atlanta Hawks as the NBA's only winless
"I'm happy for those guys. Being the coach is one thing, but
when you have to go out there in front of 19,000 people and prove
yourself every night, the way the season started, that's where the
focal point is," Toronto coach Sam Mitchell said. "I get mine
after the game, but during the game, those guys have to out there
and be the focal point and hear the cheers and the boos."
Toronto outrebounded Miami 47-39, one of the few times the
Raptors have done that this season.
"They wanted to win a lot more than we did," Miami coach Stan
Van Gundy said. "They had a lot more resolve to try to get the job
done down the stretch and we were hoping we would win, we were
hoping some shots went in but we didn't dig down and make any
possession tough on them at the end."
Wade scored six straight points and assisted on Jason Kapono's
open 3-pointer, giving Miami a 86-80 lead with six minutes left.
Toronto followed with its decisive run: Bosh made layup, Rose
made an open 3-pointer and Bosh made another layup, giving Toronto
a 87-86 lead -- their first of the game.
Rookie Charlie Villanueva followed with a layup, Mike James made
a layup and Villanueva made another layup to give the Raptors a
93-88 lead with 2:27 left.
James followed with a 3-pointer and Bosh made a short jumper off
the glass to make it 98-88 with less than two minutes left.
"We knew they were going to make a run, but we didn't know we
were going to go cold like we did and not execute," Miami's Gary
Payton said. "We were really executing well until the end, then we
stopped playing defense and let them do what they wanted."
Toronto got off to another slow start in the first quarter,
missing 16 of their first 19 shots from the field and trailing by
11 after one.
Antoine Walker made consecutive 3-pointers to give Miami a
15-point lead in the second quarter -- their biggest lead of the
Toronto cut the lead to five by the end of the half and Morris
Peterson's 3-pointer early in the second half tied it at 50.
O'Neal sprained his ankle Nov. 3 and still is at least one
week away from returning. ... The Raptors assigned forward Pape Sow
to the Arkansas RimRockers of the NBA Development League.