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Heat 108, Raptors 102 (Beyond the Box Score)

TORONTO - Dwyane Wade is a lot of things this season. But paranoid shouldn't be one of them.

Wade is a desperate man. That could explain the tear he's been on recently, one that was extended with his 42-point effort in Friday's 108-102 victory against the Toronto Raptors.

Wade has scored at least 40 points in four games since the Feb. 13 All-Star break. He's establishing new season and career highs with each game he plays. But he believes his run of remarkable play - at least the scoring binge he's been on - will eventually end.

"I'm playing at a high level right now," Wade said. "I feel good. I just hope it will continue. Eventually, I'm going to have a not-so-good game. I just hope it doesn't happen too soon."

The Heat (33-28) is now five games above .500 heading into Saturday's game at Cleveland.

Player of the Game: Dwyane Wade - He just keeps getting better and better, and stronger and stronger. Wade was 17 of 23 from the field in one of his most efficient performances of the season. He also tossed in eight assists and six rebounds. Yeah, there were the eight turnovers. But I'm sure he'll be forgiven for those blunders. This is MVP stuff, for real. Yes, these were the struggling Raptors. But what he's doing these days is above and beyond the realm of expectation.

Surprise, Surprise: Chris Quinn - Who was that crew cut guy? And when did he get back into the Heat's rotation? Yes, that's right. Your eyes weren't deceiving you. It was Chris Quinn who was dusted off and tossed into the game. And he responded with 10 points and a steal in a rare venture off the bench. He scored all of his points in a four-minute stretch.

Tough Night: Daequan Cook - Another tough night for the sharp-shooting specialist. Cook missed seven of nine shot attempts and finished with six points. He did have four assists and also hit a clutch three in the corner to squash the Raptors rally. The kid may be missing shots, but he doesn't lack confidence.

Shut 'em Down: Jose Calderon - The feisty point guard had a rough go of it against Mario Chalmers before he was benched down the stretch. Calderon was 1 of 6 from the field with two turnovers.

Stat of the Night: 37-32 - The Raptors traditionally kill the Heat on the boards. But the Heat had the edge in rebounding on this night. It was the fourth straight game the Heat, which ranks 29th in the league in rebounding, outworked its opponent on the boards.

That Says it All: "He's shown a tremendous amount of will, but also stamina and great focus in what we're trying to do." - Heat coach Erik Spoelstra on Dwyane Wade.

Next Up: Saturday - Heat at Cavaliers, 7:30 Quicken Loans Arena




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