Raptors Crush Hawks For Fourth Straight Win

ATLANTA (CP) — The Atlanta Hawks want to be well-rested for the playoffs.

They certainly didn’t use up any energy Tuesday night.

DeMar DeRozan scored 30 points, Rudy Gay added 22 and the Toronto Raptors ran all over the playoff-bound Hawks, 113-96.

The Raptors made two-thirds of their shots in the first half, sprinting to a 68-51 lead as DeRozan scored 19 points and Gay chipped in with 17. Atlanta went mostly with backups, showing no sense of urgency to claim the No. 5 seed in the Eastern Conference.

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Raptors Drop Nets In Wire-To-Wire Win At ACC

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TORONTO (CP) — Two games from the end of their NBA season, the Toronto Raptors prefer to see themselves as a work in progress, with every game being a chance to improve for next season.

DeMar DeRozan poured in 36 points _ one point shy of his career high _ and Rudy Gay added 26 points and 10 rebounds and the Raptors beat Brooklyn 93-87 on Sunday, playing spoiler in the Nets’ fight for a favourable post-season position.

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Raptors Hold On To Put Away Bulls 97-88 At ACC

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TORONTO (CP) — With little left on the line for the lottery-bound Toronto Raptors, coach Dwane Casey has been preaching to his players about being competitive.

He liked what he saw Friday.

With 5:33 left in the third quarter, a frustrated Chicago Bulls guard Richard Hamilton threw a hard forearm that caught DeMar DeRozan under the chin and promptly got Hamilton ejected from the game _ a 97-88 Raptors victory.

“I liked that, the officials made the call but I liked that of our guys. No back-down,” Casey said. “That’s what we’re trying ...

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Raptors Build Big Lead & Hang On For Road Win Over Bulls

CHICAGO (CP) — There wasn’t much Rudy Gay could do except shrug off the collision and hope his teammate wasn’t seriously injured.

The fact that Jonas Valanciunas left the court on a gurney with a neck injury sure did take the shine off a wild win, though.

DeMar DeRozan scored 20 points, and the Toronto Raptors beat the Chicago Bulls 101-98 on Tuesday night.

Gay added 19 but collided with Valanciunas during a scramble in the closing seconds, resulting in a neck injury for the Raptors’ centre and an overnight stay for ...

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Slow Start Buries Raptors In Latest Loss To Bucks

MILWAUKEE (CP) — The Milwaukee Bucks wanted to lock up their playoff spot quickly, and Monta Ellis made sure they did.

Ellis had 22 points, nine assists and six steals, and the Bucks clinched their first playoff berth in three seasons with a 100-83 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Saturday night.

“It feels great,” Ellis said. “We needed this game tonight. We knew how big it was for us. Now we can start getting focused on finishing the season, trying to go in a positive direction and get ready for ...

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Gay, DeRozan Power Raptors Past Timberwolves

MINNEAPOLIS (CP) — Rick Adelman’s milestone will have to wait — for another day at least.

Rudy Gay and DeMar DeRozan made sure about that.

Gay had 26 points and five rebounds to lead the Toronto Raptors to a rare road victory in the West, 95-93 over the Timberwolves on Friday night.

DeRozan had 25 points and Kyle Lowry added 11 points and seven assists for the Raptors, who beat the Timberwolves for the 16th time in 17 games and prevented Adelman from recording his 1,000th win as coach.

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Valanciunas Scores Career-High 24 points In Win Over Wizards

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TORONTO (CP)_Jonas Valanciunas joked that the last time he went to the line as much as he did he was probably 13-years-old.

Valanciunas went 16-of-18 from the free-throw line and scored a career-high 24 points to go with 10 rebounds as the Toronto Raptors defeated the Washington Wizards 88-78 on Wednesday.

“From the start I was a new guy in the NBA, didn’t know a lot about it and there’s a big learning process during every game,” said Valanciunas, who admitted he’s starting to get more calls from refs around the league. ...

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Raptors Fade In Fourth, Falling 108-98 To Pistons

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TORONTO (CP)_Fans in Toronto have been known to show their rancour when ex- Raptors make their return, but that wasn’t the case for Jose Calderon.

Unlike the boos that regularly rain down on former Toronto stars Chris Bosh or Vince Carter, Calderon was showered with adulation prior to the Detroit Pistons’ 108-98 comeback victory over Toronto on Monday.

Calderon had 19 points and nine assists for Detroit in his first game back since being traded in a three-team deal that brought Rudy Gay to Toronto from the Memphis Grizzlies on Jan. 30.

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Raptors Struggle To Stop Wizards In Latest Road Loss

WASHINGTON (CP) — As the Washington Wizards pursue their stated goal of finishing ninth in the Eastern Conference, seeing Bradley Beal back on the court was a welcome sight.

Beal scored 24 points in his return from a five-game absence, leading the Wizards to a 109-92 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Sunday night.

Emeka Okafor had 19 points and 10 rebounds, and John Wall added 18 points and 10 assists for Washington. The Wizards, who came in having lost two in a row on the road, won their seventh straight ...

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Big Third Quarter Powers Raptors Past Pistons

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (CP) — Rudy Gay and the Toronto Raptors are out of the playoff picture and have just 10 games left before their season ends. That doesn’t mean they’re going to go quietly.

Gay scored 19 of his 21 points during a dominant third quarter and the Raptors ended a five-game skid with a 99-82 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Friday night.

Toronto led 46-45 at the break and took control by outscoring the Pistons 23-5 in the first eight minutes of the third period.

DeMar DeRozan also had ...

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