Big Fourth Quarter Helps Raptors Swat Hornets

TORONTO (CP) – When Raptors coach Dwane Casey issued a challenge to his second unit during half time, the message wasn’t lost on John Lucas.

The backup point guard scored 10 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter as Toronto defeated the New Orleans Hornets 102-89 Sunday.

Casey wasn’t pleased to see an 11-point Toronto lead in the second quarter quickly erased as the Hornets went on a 10-0 run with the Raptors second unit on the floor.

“We struggled a little bit in the first half where the second unit […]

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Game Winner From Gay Lifts Raptors Over Pacers In OT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – Rudy Gay is making a difference in Toronto, and the Raptors couldn’t be happier with their newest player.

Gay rediscovered his shooting touch in time to score 17 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter and overtime Friday night. He hit a 17-foot jumper with 1.7 seconds left in the extra period to send the Raptors past the Indiana Pacers 100-98.

“He definitely gives our team a lift. He’s a closer, you know?” forward Amir Johnson said. “That’s something we’ve been missing.”

A week ago, Gay was in […]

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Raptors Dealt Costly Loss To Celtics After Latest Collapse


TORONTO (CP) — As unhappy as Dwane Casey was with Toronto’s loss to the Boston Celtics on Wednesday, the coach may have been just as disappointed with the welcome back Andrea Bargnani received from Raptors fans.

The Italian big man played for the first time since missing 26 games with an elbow injury, and checked in to a mixed reception of boos and cheers in Toronto’s 99-95 loss to the Boston Celtics.

Numerous fans stood and gave two thumbs-down signs.

“I’m disappointed because this young man has done nothing to deserve that,” […]

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Raptors Offence Sputters In Loss To Heat At ACC



TORONTO (CP) — Chris Bosh lifted the Miami Heat to victory over his old team on Sunday _ and then he thanked Toronto fans for helping him do so.

Bosh, who was received by a chorus of boos during team introductions, scored 13 of his 28 points in the fourth quarter as the Heat defeated the Raptors 100-85 on Sunday for their 10th consecutive victory over Toronto.

“I was hearing a lot from the fans,” said Bosh, who departed for Miami in a sign-and-trade deal in the 2010 off-season. “I thank […]

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Gay Shines In Debut As Raptors Rout Clippers At ACC



TORONTO (CP) — It took all of couple of minutes for Rudy Gay to breathe new hope into Toronto Raptors fans.

Two minutes after the team’s newest player checked in to the Raptors’ 98-73 rout of the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday, the explosive small forward took flight for a huge alley-oop dunk from DeMar DeRozan. Twenty seconds later, DeRozan found a sprinting Gay again.

Another big dunk, another roar of approval from the capacity crowd of 19,800 at Air Canada Centre.

“DeMar is a great player, he’s by far the best […]

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Raptors Can’t Convert Late In Close Loss To Hawks


ATLANTA (CP) — Toronto Raptors head coach Dwane Casey has seen enough when it comes to costly missed calls late in the game.

Casey was livid Wednesday night after officials made no call on apparent contact to DeMar DeRozan under the basket in the final seconds of Toronto’s 93-92 loss to the Atlanta Hawks.

“I’m tired of this,” Casey said. “I’m tired of losing games because of missed calls at the end of the game. I know the league’s going to come down on me for this, but I don’t care. […]

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Raptors Defence Proves Porous In Home Loss To Warriors


TORONTO (AP) — Aaron Gray’s big night wasn’t enough to rescue the flu-ravaged Toronto Raptors.

The centre had a career-high 22 points Monday, but the Golden State Warriors pulled away late for a 114-102 victory over Toronto.

“They’re a much improved team, we feel like we can compete with teams like that, but tonight we just couldn’t stop anybody,” said Gray, who also had 10 rebounds. “They scored way too many points, that’s not the identity we want to have.

“It’s hard to beat teams when they score 114.”

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Raptors Collapse Against Cavs Capped By Irving’s Triple


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TORONTO (CP) —  The Raptors had their hands full with Kyrie Irving all game long, but it was the almost lackadaisical three he drained in the blink of an eye that completely ruined Toronto’s night.

Cleveland’s all-star point guard hit a three with 0.9 seconds left as part of a 32-point performance, and the Cavaliers edged […]

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DeRozan Hits Game-Winner To Lift Raptors Over Magic

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ORLANDO, Fla. (CP) — Toronto Raptors coach Dwane Casey believes the next step for his team is to work on developing its identity, preferably one seeded in toughness.

He’s hoping a four-game season sweep of the Magic can serve as the first step in that mission.

After watching one of their best […]

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Raptors Can’t Put Away Heat On The Road In OT

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MIAMI, Fla. (CP) — After sitting around for nearly a week, the Miami Heat expected to be a little less than razor-sharp.

It took an extra session, but the reigning NBA champions eventually found their groove.

Dwyane Wade scored 35 points, LeBron James got his 34th career triple-double and the Heat rallied from […]

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