TORONTO, Canada – LeBron James scored 30 points, grabbed eight rebounds and passed out seven assists to spark reigning NBA champion Miami over the Toronto Raptors 100-85 on Sunday.
James, last season’s NBA Most Valuable Player and NBA Finals Most Valuable Player, hit 10-of-16 shots from the field for the Heat, who had lost two of their prior three games but improved to an Eastern Conference-best 30-14.
Chris Bosh added 28 points for Miami while Dwayne Wade contributed 23 points, five rebounds, five assists and three steals for the Heat.
Rudy Gay, obtained by Toronto on Thursday in a trade with Memphis, scored 29 points to lead the Raptors, who fell to 17-31 with their fourth loss in five games.
DeMar DeRozan added 27 points for Toronto, including a perfect 14-for-14 performance at the free throw line.
It was Miami’s 10th victory in a row over the Raptors, a streak dating to January of 2010.