Lowry’s Sensational Night Lifts Raptors Over Nets In Game Five

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If a highlight reel were to be compiled for Kyle Lowry’s incredible season, his Game 5 performance against the Brooklyn Nets would make plenty of appearances.

In the Toronto Raptors’ 115-113 thriller of a victory, Lowry was sensational. Tying a career high, Lowry scored 36 points and dished six assists. He scored the first two points of the game to put the Raptors on the board, led them to a 26-point third-quarter lead and then bailed them out with a three-pointer […]

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Focused Raptors Feeding Off Fan Support Heading Into Game Five

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Going into Game 5 against the Brooklyn Nets, the Toronto Raptors are convinced they remain the underdogs.

While their fan base has proven their passion to basketball fans worldwide — and impressed TNT analyst Charles Barkley, who has been on the Raptors bandwagon since the postseason started — players aren’t acting like they have arrived.

“People doubt us and think we can’t do it, that’s what gets us energized,” Amir Johnson said. “That’s when we prove ‘em wrong.”

It […]

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Raptors Weigh In Before League Bans Sterling

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Shortly before NBA commissioner Adam Silver delivered a lifetime ban and $2.5 million fine — the maximum allowable under the NBA constitution — to Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, DeMar DeRozan spoke to Toronto media about the situation.

A Los Angeles native, DeRozan told media on Saturday afternoon in Brooklyn that he didn’t think he would ever be able to play for Sterling after hearing the comments attributed to him in a recording sent to TMZ Sports.

On Tuesday, having had time to mull over the situation, DeRozan’s stance was much […]

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Inspired Fourth Quarter Helps Raptors Pull Even With Nets

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When the Toronto Raptors arrived in Brooklyn, the goal was simple: Take back homecourt advantage. Winning both games at Barclays Center would have been great, but the most important thing was to return to Toronto with their homecourt advantaged reclaimed.

Thanks to a gutsy and inspired fourth quarter, the Raptors pulled out an 87-79 victory over the Nets on Sunday night. It helped to ease the sting of a close loss in Game 3.

“We’re on a mission,” Toronto head […]

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Game Day: Raptors @ Nets – Game 4

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Series: Nets Lead 2-1

Heading into Game 4 against the Brooklyn Nets, there are no more excuses. The Toronto Raptors understand that they need to hit first on Sunday. With the Nets owning a 2-1 series lead, the Raptors want to establish themselves early and play the way they have all season.

The first time a young team makes it to the postseason, the bright lights provide a built-in excuse. For the Raptors, there […]

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Raptors Can’t Seize Late Opportunity In Game Three Loss To Nets

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DeMar DeRozan came up big for the Toronto Raptors in Game 3 against the Brooklyn Nets. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough to stop the Raptors from falling 102-98 at Barclays Center on Friday night.

While DeRozan became the first Raptors player in franchise history to score 30 points in consecutive postseason games, the loss means the Nets take a 2-1 series lead.

The Raptors had a lot of things go wrong. They racked up 19 turnovers and were unable to stop Joe […]

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Chemistry Major Key For Raptors’ Resurgence

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Since the mid-December trade that gifted the Toronto Raptors with a bench, the team has been preaching a 15-deep mentality. More than that, they speak about being a family. This sort of talk isn’t out of the ordinary for professional sports teams, but when truthful, the positive effect that crosses over onto the court is undeniable.

When there’s total trust in a locker room, the common goal they are reaching for suddenly appears closer.

“I think these guys have been through so much together,” Raptors head coach Dwane Casey said. “I think […]

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Raucous Raptors Fans Make Presence Felt In Game One

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The energy was there, even though the late-game execution wasn’t.

After Toronto spent the better part of this week downplaying talk of the Brooklyn Nets deliberately trying to drop into the sixth spot to face them, they weren’t without confidence on Saturday afternoon.

Losing a close 94-87 decision to the Brooklyn Nets on Game 1 of the opening round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs, Raptors head coach Dwane Casey was asked if […]

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Focused Raptors Hold First Post-Season Practice

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On the afternoon after their first playoff-focused practice, the Toronto Raptors were in deflection mode. While the talk around the league was of the Brooklyn Nets purposefully losing their last game in order to face the Raptors, Toronto wanted no part of the conversation. Their focus remained on their own locker room and what they need to do to take care of home court when their first round series tips off on Saturday afternoon.

“They can do what they want, they can say what they want,” Kyle Lowry said. “We’ve got our […]

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Game Day: Raptors @ Knicks

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Season Series: Raptors 2-1

And then there was one. After six months of basketball, we’ve reached the end of the regular season. The Toronto Raptors will take on the New York Knicks to close it out on the road. For the first time in five seasons, the team will be preparing for the postseason rather than packing up their lockers for an early spring exit.

With much to sort out in the Eastern Conference standings, Wednesday’s game could […]

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