Banged up on a back-to-back, LeBron could have been expected to take it easy on Friday night, but LeBron pressured the Raptors' defense and flashed his post game more than he has in recent games. LeBron's still shaking off some residual soreness from a variety of injuries, but he took a big step forward on Friday and finally filled up the points column.
A classic box score-stuffer game from Wade. And a classic finish from him, too. Judging from his hyperactive play, you couldn't tell he was playing on a back-to-back. Wade was a one-man fast-break machine in the early going, generating steal after steal after steal. He led the charge in the fourth quarter and gave the Heat the separation they needed.
It's good to be back in Toronto, apparently. Bosh erupted for 10 points in the opening minutes in front of his former home fans and never looked back. Bosh attacked the paint early and late. This might have been his best game of the season on both ends of the floor. He could have done more on the boards on a soft front line, but that's nit-picking.
With Udonis Haslem not making the trip for personal reasons, the Heat desperately needed someone to step up offensively and provide some scoring punch. That burden fell on Chalmers on Friday night and the Heat were lucky he showed up to play. This was easily one of Chalmers' finest games since the All-Star break.
The Raptors could have just packed it in after being down 16-2 early against one of the league's best teams, but that apparently didn't sit well coach Dwane Casey and the Raptors. Thanks to some brilliant distribution by Jose Calderon (15 assists), the Raptors picked apart the Heat defense. Unfortunately for the Raptors, they couldn't find an answer for the Heat's Big Three. Few can.