With Chris Bosh watching as a spectator, the Miami Heat defeated the Toronto Raptors 71-59 in their first Summer League matchup.
Second-year guard Terrel Harris struggled with his shot early, but proved resilient to lead the Heat with 14 points on 4-of-12 shooting to go along with four steals, three rebounds and three assists.
Norris Cole finished with 13 points, two assists and two rebounds in 32 minutes worth of action. He proved to be a solid ball-handler and primary facilitator in his first Summer League outing, only coughing up the ball on two occasions. The Heat coaching staff made it a point that Cole will be expected to reach another level this upcoming season and the Summer League will be the jump-off point.
Also, his hi-top fade is back and that’s always a good thing.
Also expected to perform is Dexter Pittman, the Heat center who apparently still has a lot to work on after a foul-plagued performance. In 24 minutes worth of action, Pittman picked up five fouls; that shouldn’t be happening to a third-year player who is going to be expected to give the Heat some solid minutes at the five next year.
Despite the foul trouble, Pittman still managed to have a solid game as he finished with 13 points on eight shots, seven rebounds and three blocks.
The Heat played this game without their recent draft pick, Justin Hamilton, who sat out due to a hamstring injury. He was joined on the inactive list by other fellow former Miami Heat draft picks, Robert Dozier and Jarvis Varnado.
A familiar face in Mickell Gladness also made an appearance for the Heat, finishing with seven points, five rebounds and a block in only 15 minutes worth of action. He’s still showcasing some great athleticism for a player his size, but it’s highly doubtful he’ll make the cut.
Drew Viney from Loyola Marymount finished with a surprising 12 points and six rebounds in 28 minutes.
The Heat will play the Los Angeles Lakers later tonight.