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Toronto Raptors/Miami Heat 7th Game And Other Historical Notes

May 15, 2016

Today in a game beginning at three thirty Eastern Time, the Toronto Raptors host the Miami Heat in the seventh and deciding game of their NBA quarterfinal series.

The Raptors are 4 point favorites in a bid to reach their first ever NBA semi-final series in this their 21st season. They lost in their only other quarterfinal series, in 7 games to the Philadelphia 76ers, the finale at Philadelphia on a Sunday afternoon in 2001.

Miami has won 5 straight quarterfinal series and the team has a (5-2) record in their quarterfinal series history. They split in 2 Sunday, 7th games/quarterfinal tilts, each in Miami vs the New York Knicks, rolling to victory in 1997 and losing a hard fought game in 2000.

Toronto is seeking just its third playoff series win. Since the Blue Jays repeated as World Series champions in 1993, the three major North American sports league teams from Toronto have made just 4 semi-final appearances in their sport in a combined 63 completed seasons, three by the NHL Maple Leafs and last year’s ALCS loss by the Blue Jays.

No Toronto team has made its league’s final series in those 66 combined completed seasons since Joe Carter’s incredibly dramatic, 3 run homer gave the Jays their repeat title in October of 1993.

Both Miami, with the Marlins and Toronto with the Blue Jays are (2-0) in World Series play, leaving them tied for the best World Series win percentage, however with just two W.S. appearances, it pales in comparison to some other team’s World Series records, most notably the New York Yankees’ (27-13) mark in the Fall Classic.

 

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