Barnes has 22, career-high 12 assists, as Raptors beat Heat
TORONTO — Pascal Siakam scored 26 points, Scottie Barnes had 22 points and a career-high 12 assists and the Toronto Raptors beat the Miami Heat 106-92 on Tuesday night.
O.G. Anunoby scored 22 points, and Precious Achiuwa and Fred VanVleet each had 12 as Toronto won for the 10th time in 11 home games.
The Raptors evened their record at 38-38 after outscoring the Heat 62-36 on points in the paint, and 23-10 on fast-break points.
Tyler Herro scored 33 points and Bam Adebayo had 21 points and 12 rebounds as Miami lost its second straight. The Heat are 15-22 on the road.
Miami played without leading scorer Jimmy Butler, who sat because of a sore neck.
Former Raptor Kyle Lowry had six points and five rebounds in 24 minutes. The sellout crowd of 19,800 responded with a warm ovation when Lowry checked in to start the second quarter.
Toronto won three of four against Miami, winning the season series for the first time since a 4-0 sweep in 2018-19.
The Raptors are 8-0 this season when holding opponents below 100 points.
Miami jumped out to a 14-4 lead but Toronto battled back to lead 24-23 after one. Barnes scored 12 points in the opening quarter.
Herro scored 11 points in the second but Barnes and Siakam each had six to give the Raptors a 53-47 halftime lead.
Siakam scored 12 points in the third and Toronto made 10 of 13 attempts from inside the arc, extending its lead to 84-67.
Heat: Shot 18 for 19 at the free throw line. Adebayo was 7 for 8, missing in the fourth quarter. … Herro had six of Miami’s 18 assists.
Raptors: Barnes had seven rebounds. … G Gary Trent Jr. (right elbow) sat for a fourth straight game. … G Will Barton (left ankle) was not available. Barton left injured in Sunday’s win over Washington. … Shot 0 for 9 from 3-point range in the first quarter and 1 for 16 in the first half. Toronto missed its first 10 attempts before Anunoby connected in the second. … Jakob Poeltl had 10 rebounds, while Siakam and Achiuwa each had nine.
Heat: Visit New York on Wednesday.
Raptors: Begin a five-game road trip at Philadelphia on Friday.