Raptors Get Mad, Heat Gets Going
Once the Toronto Raptors lost their cool, they lost any chance of ending the Miami Heat’s home winning streak.
Shaquille O’Neal scored 28 points and Dwyane Wade had 27, leading the Heat to a 103-91 victory Tuesday night in a game marred by the fourth-quarter ejections of Raptor forward Morris Peterson and Coach Sam Mitchell.
Miami trailed by two with 10 minutes left before outscoring the Raptors, 24-10, to extend their franchise-best home winning streak to 17 games.
Rafer Alston had 19 points for Toronto.
Peterson was called for fouling Wade on a drive down the lane with 3:46 left, and the two exchanged words. They were separated, but Peterson kept shouting at Wade. Peterson received a double technical and tossed his jersey into the stands as he left the floor. Wade also drew one technical foul.
Already incensed over Peterson’s ejection, Mitchell was thrown out with 1:47 remaining after arguing a foul called against Jalen Rose on Eddie Jones. Jones left the game with 1:11 left because of a sprained right ankle.
“There’s nothing I can say that wouldn’t get me fined,” Mitchell said. “When you have three or four players cursing at each other, how do you determine which one said the worst of the profanity?”
Seattle 102, Memphis 99 -- Ray Allen and Jerome James scored 22 points apiece at Memphis, Tenn., and the SuperSonics overcame a 14-point fourth-quarter deficit to clinch a playoff berth, ending a two-year absence from the postseason.
Seattle played without Rashard Lewis (foot).
Pau Gasol had 24 points and eight rebounds for Memphis, which lost its third in a row and for the fourth time in its last five games.