Raptors' Ibaka, Heat's Johnson suspended for throwing punches

TORONTO ON- JANUARY 9 Miami Heat guard Wayne Ellington nails down the winner as Toronto Raptors forward OG Anunoby defends. Toronto Raptors vs Miami Heat in 2nd half action of NBA regular season play at Air Canada Centre. Raptors lose 90-89. To

Raptors' Ibaka, Heat's Johnson suspended for throwing punches

They play Toronto at Air Canada Centre on Thursday night.

In all, Adebayo had 15 points on 4-of-9 shooting, a career-high five assists, two boards and a steal.

"First off, I would like to apologize to my teammates, coaching staff, the entire National Basketball Association community and most importantly our fans for last night's actions that led to my ejection and suspension for tonight's game".

-That 10 game losing streak at IN is finally over.

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?

The two had essentially traded elbows during the third quarter of the Heat's nailbiter over the Raptors on Tuesday night. It is not known how long Lowry will be out.

The NBA also fined the Raptors' DeMar DeRozan $25,000 (U.S.) and the Heat's Goran Dragic $10,000 for an altercation at the end of the game, during which DeRozan attempted to forcefully shove Dragic with an open hand.

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On the season the Raptors are 28-11, which places them three games back of the Boston Celtics.

-The Heat now own the fourth-best record in the Eastern Conference, one game ahead of the 23-18 Washington Wizards. Putting the Heat's dominance in perspective, those three grabbed five more rebounds than the entire Raptors lineup.

He is now tied with Stephen Curry for fifth-most three-pointers made this season at 116.

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.

It was an intense matchup by every definition considering the nature of the game at that point. Last season, Toronto finished 22nd with an average of 24.3. "They've been hitting tough shots every win, the last three or four wins, down to wire and they executed again". "They're athletic. They have great team speed". Defensively, also they're pretty good.

After reeling off wins in 18 of 19 games from November 11 through December 13, the Cavaliers have stumbled and lost six of their past nine, including a 127-99 shellacking at the hands of Minnesota on Monday, their worst loss of the season. "We're winning", Whiteside said, per ESPN.

Point guard Isaiah Thomas was fined $20,000, but not suspended after the league reviewed his ejection from a game Monday for striking Minnesota's Andrew Wiggins above the shoulders. I'm sure coach Dwane Casey asked some very embarrassing questions at practice today, starting with "How did we get out-rebounded 64 to 37?" "He doesn't have to say anything". Like I said, he's a general on the floor.

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