Sunshine Face-off: Miami Heat End Preseason With Win Over ‘Tampa’ Raptors
Miami played without Jimmy Butler, who sat out both Heat preseason games
The Raptors made their debut in their short-term home, but KZ Okpala scored 24 points and Max Strus added 22 as the Heat retreated in the 2nd half to win in Tampa on Friday.
Okpala and Strus both made six 3’s for Miami. Valuable Achiuwa scored 13 points and got 15 rebounds for the Heat, while Bam Adebayo scored 13 points and Tyler Herro scored 10.
Miami played without Jimmy Butler, who sat out both Heat preseason video games.
Kyle Lowry made his preseason debut and scored 25 points in 27 minutes for the Raptors. Pascal Siakam scored 14 and Chris Boucher had 11 for Toronto.
A handful of fans were at the video game, some waving Canadian flags in tribute, as the Raptors will dip into least the first half of this regular season inside the home of the NHL’s Tampa Bay Lightning.
The Raptors’ 2019 NBA championship banner was hanging from the rafters when they walked onto the floor of Amalie Arena.
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