Miami Heat 93, Toronto Raptors 83
LeBron James: A
11-20 FG, 7 rebounds, 8 assists, 32 points
LeBron was back in attack mode and had a few highlights to prove it. Most of his shots came from near the rim, a welcome sight for Heat fans who have witnessed a more passive LeBron the last two games. His seven rebounds and eight assists also gave his game a triple-double feel and helped lift the Heat over the Raptors, and to the top of the Eastern Conference standings.
Chris Bosh: B
8-16 FG (0-4 3FG), 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 18 points
Bosh was able to rank in 18 points but did so without making any of his four 3-point shots. Maybe this grade is a little low, but I thought Bosh settled for all four of those 3’s and could have had a more efficient game. That said, it is hard to argue with 50 percent shooting (and 8-12 from inside the arc). He also had some key plays in the Heat’s run late, including a sneaky steal and dunk that basically sealed the deal.
Mario Chalmers: B+
4-8 FG (3-5 3FG), 4-4 FT, 3 rebounds, 4 assists, 12 points
Chalmers attempted five 3-pointers tonight (making three), a number he’s eclipsed only nine times this season. When Chalmers is shooting his 3’s, he’s stretching the defense and helping to make LeBron’s 32 points possible. He only had four assists but LeBron had the ball in his hands for much of the game. Chalmers missed the last two games, and his presence is certainly felt.
Chris Andersen: B+
5-5 FG, 13 points, 7 rebounds, 2 blocks, 13 points
Andersen had yet another stellar game. He made all five of his shots and brought down seven rebounds in an efficient game. When Miami needed a spark with 5:51 left in the fourth quarter after Toronto cut the lead to 81-78, Birdman came flying in with a dunk that sparked a Heat run that would close the game.
Miami Heat: B+
Miami, sans Dwyane Wade, Ray Allen and Greg Oden, faced a playoff-bound Raptors team and the prospects of obtaining the top seed in the Eastern Conference. It was a strong team effort led by LeBron and the team stretched the floor to let him do his thing. The energy and focus were clear tonight, too. They did trail by 10 points midway through the second quarter, but they came roaring back and led at halftime and would not relinquish the advantage for the rest of the night.