DeRozan Bounces Back To Help Raptors Level Series With Nets

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After two days of talking, thinking about and replaying a Game 1 loss to the Brooklyn Nets, the Toronto Raptors were ready to tie the series on Tuesday night.

With DeMar DeRozan taking a page out of Paul Pierce’s crunch-time playbook, the Raptors held off the Nets 100-95. Toronto will head to Brooklyn for Games 3 and 4 with the series even.

“We weren’t going down 0-2,” Amir Johnson said. “We were the desperate team. We had to play desperate. There was no way we were going to lose that game. It ...

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Game Day: Raptors vs. Nets

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Series: Nets 1-0

Game 1 between the Brooklyn Nets and Toronto Raptors had it all: An incredible home crowd, a rough playoff debut for Raptors All-Star DeMar DeRozan and late-game heroics from future Hall-of-Famer Paul Pierce.

Let’s not forget the pregame pump up talk from general manager Masai Ujiri that sent shockwaves around the NBA, or the crowd of greater than 5,000 that stood outside of the arena to watch the game at Maple Leaf Square.

With DeRozan, Terence Ross and Amir Johnson ...

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Valanciunas Aims To Build On Impressive Playoff Debut

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During Sunday night’s Game 1 thriller between the Houston Rockets and Portland Trail Blazers, TNT analyst Chris Webber drew from his playing experience.

“Your first playoff game, you are too excited,” Webber said. “Your adrenaline is too high.”

Webber was talking about sophomore point guard Damian Lillard, making his postseason debut. Lillard was incredible, finishing with 31 points, nine rebounds and five assists. Most first-timers are not nearly as successful as Lillard.

In the Toronto Raptors’ Game 1 loss to the Brooklyn Nets, there were plenty of nerves. All-Star DeMar DeRozan is glad ...

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#RTZ Digital Rundown: Raptors vs. Nets – Game 1

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It was game 1 on home turf, north of the border, an entire country supporting one team. The fans, the flow, the force of the north was out of control, gaining attention from the entire league and it’s followers. It’s only game 1. #WeTheNorth

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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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Game One A Test Of Composure, Patience For Raptors

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On a chaotic afternoon after dropping a 94-87 decision to the Brooklyn Nets, DeMar DeRozan was straight and to the point. He missed shots.The team missed shots they usually make. There were too many turnovers. He just missed shots.

Getting his first taste of the postseason in his five-year career (shooting 3-for-13 in the series opener), DeRozan took a breath while sitting in the chair in front of his locker.

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Series Preview: Raptors (3) vs. Nets (6)

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The backcourt combo of DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry is the single biggest reason why the Raptors are tipping off their postseason at home as a third seed. While DeRozan is the lone All-Star on the roster, both players have had career years. The Brooklyn Nets have a collection of players with All-Star history (including seven-time All-Star Joe Johnson, who beat out Lowry for a spot this year), but their franchise player is point guard Deron Williams. Although Williams isn’t the player he was at the height of his career ...

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#RTZ Digital Rundown: Raptors @ Knicks

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That’s the regular season! And what a season it has been. 48-34 is the final tally after 82 games but it all begins again Saturday in our city. #NorthernUprising #WeTheNorth

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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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#RTZ Digital Rundown: Raptors vs. Bucks

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Fans were able to share a couple of big moments with their team as the trek to the playoffs continued. The unveiling of the Atlantic Division banner and a franchise season win record of 48 topped off Monday nights win. #VictoryBaby

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