Miami's Short Bench Comes Up Big In Win Over Pacers

Miami's Short Bench Comes Up Big In Win Over Pacers

Heat forward James Johnson will miss Miami's game tonight at IN after being suspended for one game for his role IN the altercation with Toronto's Serge Ibaka on Tuesday.

The incident occurred in the third quarter of the Heat's 90-89 victory over Toronto at Air Canada Centre.

The ejection was the fifth of Ibaka's career and could have additional repercussions, given that both players engaged in more than minor pushing and shoving. They can not let these losses get to them like DeRozan did Tuesday night. If Ibaka is forced to miss at least one game for his actions, second-unit players like Pascal Siakam, Norman Powell and Lucas Nogueira could pick up more run.

Pacers: Are seeking their third straight win against Cleveland this season when the Cavaliers come to town Friday.

Both players were assessed a technical foul and ejected.

With the Raptors off to one of their best-ever starts, what better way to test their prowess than against two of the NBA's powerhouses in consecutive games? Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan and Heat guard Goran Dragic got into it after the final whistle, going at each other when the teams were lining up to shake hands.

After the game, DeRozan and Dragic exchanged unhappy thoughts.

The fight began when Ibaka appeared to throw an elbow into Johnson, who retaliated by throwing a punch. Ibaka's salary is $20.1 million.

But Miami broke the tie on Johnson's 3 and put it away when Ellington's shot dropped in for to make it 109-103.

Johnson, in his ninth season, has been ejected twice previously in his career, both coming past year, his first in Miami.

The shooting guard signed a deal with the Miami Heat ahead of the 2016-17 National Basketball Association season, marking the seventh team he's played for in his career. That's a marked increase from the 24.8 per cent of overall scoring from long-distance shots a year ago.

Portland has won four of five overall despite playing most of that stretch without star guard Damien Lillard, who sat out for the seventh time in the last nine games with a left calf strain. Dion Waiters (left ankle sprain), Okaro White (left foot surgery), Rodney McGruder (left tibia surgery) and A.J. Hammons (Sioux Falls assignment) were inactive.

Curry had been practically unstoppable in five games since returning from the 11-game absence with his initial ankle injury, averaging 35.2 points over that span as well as 5.6 rebounds, 5.6 assists and 1.4 steals in 32.4 minutes.

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