Raptors Begin Charge To Playoffs With Win Over Magic

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ORLANDO, Fla. (CP) – After Toronto locked up its first post-season berth since 2008 last week, coach Dwane Casey cautioned the Raptors to not get complacent down the stretch with teams still vying for playoff position.

He’s hoping that a nearly disastrous letdown against Orlando will send a stronger message.

DeMar DeRozan had 28 points, Jonas Valanciunas added 20 points and nine rebounds, and the Raptors escaped with a 98-93 victory over the Magic on Sunday night.

Toronto led by as many as ...

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Clinched! Raptors Headed To Playoffs

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TORONTO (CP) – Together, they’ve logged 10 seasons of mostly disappointment with the Toronto Raptors.

Friday night, DeMar DeRozan and Amir Johnson wrote the perfect ending to the Raptors’ 105-103 victory over the Boston Celtics that – finally – sent the Raptors into the playoffs for the first time in six years.

“It makes it feel all worth it, honestly, the hard work, the struggles, the nights going home where you’re just frustrated and don’t want to turn on sports,” DeRozan said. ...

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Raptors End Drought In Boston, Edge Closer To Playoffs

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BOSTON (CP) –  DeMar DeRozan understands that a playoff berth for the Raptors has meaning beyond Toronto’s locker room.

Terrence Ross scored 24 points, Kyle Lowry 23 and the Raptors edged closer to their first playoff spot since 2008 with a 99-90 win over the Boston Celtics on Wednesday night.

“Not just the franchise, the whole city of Toronto and Canada,” said DeRozan, sitting at his locker with his left foot in a bucket of ice. “I’ve been here five years and see how passionate the fans are. ...

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Raptors Mount Comeback, But Can’t Dismount Cavs

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CLEVELAND (CP) – The Raptors aren’t officially in the NBA playoffs. They don’t look ready for them, either.

Dion Waiters scored 24 points, Luol Deng added 19 and the Cleveland Cavaliers prevented Toronto from getting closer to a post-season spot with a 102-100 win over the sloppy Raptors on Tuesday night.

Toronto fell behind by 21 points in the third quarter, and then battled back to take a 95-94 lead. But the Raptors fell apart in the final minutes.

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Raptors Get Crucial Win After Crushing Loss

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TORONTO (CP) – Toronto’s Kyle Lowry had spent big chunks of Sunday’s game on the bench, part of the coaching and medical staff’s plan to manage the minutes of their battered and bruised team leader.

Unleashed in the fourth quarter, Lowry scored seven of his 25 points in the game’s final minute to lift the Raptors to a 96-86 victory over the Atlanta Hawks.

After three horrible quarters, the Raptors outscored the Hawks 36-15 in the final 12 minutes to seal the victory.

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Raptors Lose Heartbreaker To Thunder In Double OT

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TORONTO (CP) – The game, according to DeMar DeRozan, was the kind that players live for.

The ending was not.

Kevin Durant calmly drained a three-pointer with 1.7 seconds left to lift the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 119-118 victory over the Toronto Raptors in double overtime on Friday.

The buzzer-beating bomb from 31 yards out capped a 51-point performance by Durant, the league’s top scorer.

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Hard-Fought Win For Raptors In Big Easy

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NEW ORLEANS (CP) – Greivis Vasquez drew a round of applause when he first checked in against the team for which he played the past two seasons.

Later, he all but silenced the New Orleans crowd with five straight points that gave his new team the lead for good inside the final two minutes.

DeMar DeRozan scored 31 points, Vasquez finished with 14, and the Toronto Raptors snapped a two-game skid with a resilient 107-100 victory ...

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Raptors Fall To Hawks In OT

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ATLANTA (CP) – After a horrible stretch, the Atlanta Hawks are healthy again – well, sort of – and feel like they can move back up in the Eastern Conference.

Jeff Teague equaled his career best with 34 points, Paul Millsap had the first triple-double of his career and the Hawks extended their longest winning streak of the season to five in a row, beating the Toronto Raptors 118-113 in overtime Tuesday night.

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Raptors Outpaced By Run-and-Gun Suns

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TORONTO (CP) – Kyle Lowry sat at his locker nursing a headache in the moments after the Toronto Raptors’ loss on Sunday, the product of a misplaced knee.

The Raptors were thoroughly dismantled by a speedy Phoenix Suns team in a 121-113 loss, but Lowry and coach Dwane Casey insisted there would be no lingering pain after a rare defeat at home.

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Raptors Take Down Grizzlies

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TORONTO (CP) – Days after folding down the stretch in a loss to division-rival Brooklyn, the Toronto Raptors made a statement on Friday night.

Toronto stood tall in final quarter this time around, scoring 12 straight points late to break open a tie game on the way to a 99-86 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies before a crowd of 18,465 at Air Canada Centre.

“That’s a tough team to beat. We beat a playoff team,” said Toronto guard Greivis Vasquez, who scored 17 points off the bench, including ...

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