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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Raptors Stop Pistons At Home

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TORONTO (CP) _ A half-time message woke up the Raptors on a night when Toronto found itself sleepwalking against the struggling Detroit Pistons.

“We pretty much said, ‘This is a must-win game,”’ Amir Johnson said after Toronto trailed Detroit by four at the break but finished with a 112-91 win Wednesday.

“We had to go out and take it. We did that.”

After Johnson and DeMar DeRozan started the game cold, their teammates kept things close and allowed a second-half turnaround to take ...

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Raptors Fall Short To Pacers On The Road

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INDIANAPOLIS (CP) — The Pacers are making old-school basketball trendy, winning with defence, balanced scoring and strong second halves.

On Tuesday, they did it again.

Roy Hibbert scored 22 points and Lance Stephenson fell just short of his fourth triple double this season, helping the Pacers hold off Toronto’s late charge for an 86-79 victory that allowed them to keep the NBA’s best record.

“We didn’t let them get physical with us,” Stephenson said, referring to the stark contrast to Indiana’s loss last week ...

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Raptors’ Win Streak Snapped In Miami

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MIAMI (CP) _ Trailing entering the fourth quarter, that’s becoming common for the Miami Heat.

So is overcoming those deficits.

Down by five entering the fourth, the Heat clamped down and beat the Toronto Raptors 102-97 Sunday night, getting 30 points from LeBron James and 17 from reserve Michael Beasley.

“We stayed with it mentally,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “We were into the grind and staying the course and had to continue to make plays.”

Playing in a back-to-back for the first time since ...

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Raptors Win Fifth Straight In Washington

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WASHINGTON (CP) — With Rudy Gay gone via trade, the Toronto Raptors know they need a true team effort to keep winning games.

Compiling a season-high 29 assists — led by Kyle Lowry’s 11 — and getting 17 or more points apiece from four players — led by DeMar DeRozan’s 20 — the Atlantic Division-leading Raptors won for the fifth time in a row Friday night, beating the Washington Wizards 101-88.

“They are trusting each other,” ...

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Raptors Pick Apart Pacers At ACC

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TORONTO (CP) _ If the league-leading Indiana Pacers provided the perfect gauge for just how much the Toronto Raptors have improved, the answer was: plenty.

DeMar DeRozan poured in 26 points to lead the red-hot Raptors to a resounding 95-82 win over Indiana on Wednesday, handing the Pacers just their sixth loss of the season.

“We work extremely hard every day so that we understand that if we go out there and play with the same intensity that we do in practice, when ...

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Raptors Stop Bulls On The Road

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CHICAGO (CP)_With eight wins in their last 11 games, the Toronto Raptors head into 2014 pointed in the right direction.

They believe it can be the start of something big.

Jonas Valanciunas scored 15 points and the Toronto Raptors mounted a fourth-quarter comeback to beat the Chicago Bulls 85-79 on Tuesday night.

He made two big free throws to seal the game in the final minute after Toronto had missed three of four from the line down the stretch.

Greivis Vasquez hit a 3-pointer two ...

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Raptors Go Two For Two Against Knicks

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TORONTO (CP) — Kyle Lowry could have withdrawn into a shell when his name began being tossed about in trade rumours earlier this month.

Instead, the Toronto Raptors point guard did the exact opposite.

Lowry poured in a season-high 32 points, plus had 11 assists and eight rebounds, to lead the Raptors to a decisive 115-100 victory over the New York Knicks on Saturday — his latest strong game, prompting coach Dwane Casey to say Lowry ...

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