Raptors Can’t Catch Kings In First Meeting Since Big Trade

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Rudy Gay said he didn’t harbour a sense of revenge Wednesday night facing his former team  the Toronto Raptors for the first time since a December trade.

His numbers said it all.

DeMarcus Cousins had 25 points and 10 rebounds, Gay added 24 points and 10 rebounds, and the Kings held off the Raptors in the fourth quarter for a 109-101 victory.

The Dec. 9 trade brought Gay, Quincy Acy and Aaron Gray to Sacramento in exchange for Patterson, John Salmons, Greivis Vasquez ...

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Raptors Comeback Falls Short In Portland

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PORTLAND, Ore. (CP) — ust when it appeared Portland was cruising to a victory that would avoid its first three-game losing streak of the season, Toronto’s DeMar DeRozan put a scare into the Trail Blazers.

Holding a 16-point lead with 7:41 remaining, Portland suddenly had to mount a rally of its own, hitting four free throws during the final 11.8 seconds to pull out a 106-103 win Saturday night.

LaMarcus Aldridge had 27 points and 15 rebounds and Damian Lillard hit a ...

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Raptors End Drought In Denver With Win Over Nuggets

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DENVER (CP) – Toronto coach Dwane Casey wasn’t ready to celebrate after the Raptors ended a decade-long drought in Denver. He was too upset about his team’s lacklustre finish.

DeMar DeRozan scored 19 points, Terrence Ross had 18 and Toronto, after opening a 25-point lead, settled for a 100-90 victory over the Nuggets on Friday night.

“We will take the ‘W,’ but it was not a quality finish,” Casey said. “I let the players know I was disappointed in the close. You can’t come in and ...

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Raptors Shoot Down Magic At Air Canada Centre

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 TORONTO (CP) –  For the second straight night, Toronto Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry stated his case as an NBA all-star.

But even after pouring in a game-high 33 points in a convincing win over the Orlando Magic, Lowry was managing expectations ahead of Thursday’s announcement of the reserves for next month’s game.

“I would be very honoured. It would be a great individual accomplishment,” Lowry said when asked if the NBA coaches’ decision mattered to him. “But at the end ...

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Raptors Win Thriller Against Brooklyn Nets

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NEW YORK (CP) — The Toronto Raptors are the only thing standing between the Brooklyn Nets and a perfect 2014.

Patrick Patterson stole Deron Williams’ inbounds pass and made the go-ahead jumper with 6 seconds left, and the Raptors stopped a five-game winning streak by the Nets for the second time this month with a 104-103 victory Monday night.

Toronto dropped Brooklyn to 10-2 in January and opened a 2 1/2-game lead in the Atlantic Division over the Nets, who would be on ...

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Raptors Fall Short To Clippers At Air Canada Centre

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TORONTO (CP) — Terrence Ross seemed a bit taken aback by all the fuss.

Although he’d just matched a Toronto Raptors record with 51 points, Ross wasn’t sure why someone threw him a game ball. With the media crowding around his locker, he noted that New York’s Carmelo Anthony poured in 62 on Friday night and Oklahoma’s Kevin Durant had 54 earlier this month.

It was left to teammate Greivis Vasquez to offer some perspective, noting that while those veterans may have scored ...

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Raptors Knock Off Sixers On The Road

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PHILADELPHIA (CP) — Kyle Lowry slept in his own bed, left about 50 tickets for family and friends, then gave his hometown crowd a reason to cheer.

Lowry had 18 points, 13 assists and 10 rebounds for his fourth career triple-double, and DeMar DeRozan scored 34 points to help the Toronto Raptors beat the Philadelphia 76ers 104-95 on Friday night.

“As long as it’s with a win, I’m happy to have it,” Lowry said. “I’ll take the thanks from the team and ...

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Late Comeback Falls Short in Loss To Bobcats

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (CP) — Al Jefferson sat at his locker pondering how the Charlotte Bobcats nearly surrendered a 30-point lead they held late in the third quarter.

“Of course we had to make it a game,” Jefferson said with a grin. “We couldn’t enjoy an easy win, right?”

It never seems that easy for the Bobcats.

Despite the big lead, Jefferson and Bobcats didn’t breathe a sigh of relief until Ramon Sessions knocked down two free throws with 1.6 seconds left to secure a ...

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Raptors Drop Bucks 116-94 At Home

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TORONTO (CP)_ Even after his team had walked off the court with a comfortable victory, Toronto Raptors head coach Dwane Casey made no apologies for his pre-game concerns his team would take this one for granted.

“We don’t have any right, yet, to overlook anyone,” Casey said after the Raptors defeated the lowly Milwaukee Bucks 116-94 at Air Canada Centre on Monday night. “This is a tough league and we’re still building, we’re still getting there, so I can’t allow our guys ...

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Raptors Pull Away From Nets On Drake Night

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TORONTO (CP) _ It was a game Dwane Casey figures the Toronto Raptors lose two months ago.

Reeling from an 18-3 run by the Brooklyn Nets to start the second half, Toronto was down 10 points against a team looking to win its season-high sixth straight game. But rather than rollover, the Raptors fought back, showed what their head coach called newfound “mental toughness” and coasted to a comfortable 96-80 victory before a sellout crowd of ...

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