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Mar 31st 2012, 02:45

TORONTO -- Miami forward Udonis Haslem is expected to rejoin the Heat in Boston after missing Friday night's game in Toronto.

Haslem did not travel with the Heat to Canada because of family reasons, according to the team.

But the Heat's co-captain could be with the Heat as early as Saturday. The Heat plays the Celtics in Boston on Sunday.

After struggling with his shot during the first half of the season, Haslem has found his form recently.

He scored a season-high 16 points Thursday night against the Mavericks after posting a season high in points (15) against Phoenix on March 20.

Haslem had appeared in every game this season before Friday. Now only rookie Norris Cole has played in every game.

The absence of Haslem allowed for some interesting lineups against the Raptors.

At the end of the first quarter, Heat coach Erik Spoelstra matched LeBron James with reserves Shane Battier, Ronny Turiaf, Terrel Harris and Cole.

In a surprising move, Harris received the bulk of Haslem's minutes in the first half.

Harris finished with five points in the half, making both of his shots, including a three-pointer.

Harris also picked up three fouls in just eight minutes.


The difficult back-to-back set of games didn't affect the Heat's energy early in the game. Miami scored 22 points in the paint in the first quarter. The NBA's season high for points in the paint in a quarter is 28.

The Heat's first 18 points came within five feet of the basket. Back-to-back dunks by Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade gave the Heat a 16-2 lead with 7:38 left in the first quarter. It wasn't until Mario Chalmers scored from 21 feet with 6:13 left in the period that the Heat had its first jumper of the game.

Family scare

Near tragedy befell the family of Wade on Thursday when the son of Wade's sister was among five people wounded in a shooting at a convenience store in Chicago. Wade's nephew was one of 13 men shot — two fatally — during a violent six-hour stretch in Chicago. A spokesperson for Wade confirmed that his nephew was one of those injured in the shooting. The spokesperson declined to confirm the nephew's name or condition.

"Having grown up in the inner city, I am aware of the difficult realities that exist on the streets," Wade said in a statement before Friday's game. "One of the goals of my foundation, the Wade's World Foundation, is to spread the message that the violence needs to stop."

Thursday marked the third time in franchise history that the Heat swept the defending NBA champion. Miami swept the Houston Rockets in the 1995-96 season and the Los Angeles Lakers last season.

Material from Miami Herald wire services contributed to this report.

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