The Toronto Raptors won their fifth straight game at home against the Miami Heat on Sunday, leading from start to finish.
Here are my takeaways from that game:
1. Dwyane Wade Still Has "It"
Dwyane Wade is getting older. He is not necessarily getting worse. Wade looked like a vintage D-Wade, putting up 35 points in 34 minutes off the bench, setting a franchise-record for most points scored by a bench player.
Wade, who has announced that he plans to retire at the end of this season, is just 36 years of age, and from the looks of his performance on Sunday, he has lots of basketball left in his tank.
2. Raptors are Having a Tough Time Holding Leads
This is no cause for concern, but the Raptors are struggling to hold on to leads so far this season. They've done it a few times so far, but the failure to hold a 19-point lead against Detroit and the nearly-blown 20-point lead last night against the Heat are two examples of a trend that the team would like to prevent from re-occurring.
The struggle this year with holding leads is that the absolute volume of three-point shots that teams are putting up and the fact that basketball is largely a momentum game, make it very easy for teams to come back from 15 to 20-point deficits rather easily.
3. The Raptors' Depth Never Ceases to Amaze
It's been said all season long. It was said all of last season as well. The Raptors are easily one of, if not the deepest team in the NBA.
Although the bench unit has been struggling a little bit as of late with Siakam in the starting unit and several bench players injured, they were the difference-maker against the Heat.
In all, the team had seven guys in double-digit scoring numbers, with all ten guys who saw the court playing significant roles in the outcome of the game.