Raptors Silence Thunder 109-90 In Preseason

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WICHITA, Kan. (CP) _ Terrence Ross scored 22 points in the first three quarters to help the Toronto Raptors beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 109-90 on Friday night in an exhibition game.

Jonas Valanciunas scored 12 of his 14 points in the first half for Toronto (5-1). DeMar DeRozan and Jordan Hamilton had 13 points.

Russell Westbrook led Oklahoma City (2-3) with 16 points on 5-of-15 shooting. Anthony Morrow and Andre Roberson each had 15. Roberson was 7 of 9 from the field and had 10 rebounds.

Oklahoma City star Kevin Durant had […]

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Raptors Earn 81-76 Preseason Win Over Knicks

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NEW YORK (CP) – Lou Williams scored 21 points and the Toronto Raptors beat New York 81-76 on Monday night in the Knicks’ preseason home opener.

With starting point guard Kyle Lowry sitting this one out, Williams came off the bench and shot 6 of 9 from the field in 24 minutes. Toronto acquired him in June from Atlanta.

Carmelo Anthony scored nine points on 4-of-6 shooting in 15 minutes for the Knicks, who had just one player in double figures. J.R. Smith had 10 on 4-of-12 shooting.

Toronto centre Jonas Valanciunas also […]

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Raptors Open Preseason With Win Over Kings

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VANCOUVER (CP) _ DeMar DeRozan dribbled around opponents and drove to the basket with grace and ease Sunday night.

If the Toronto Raptors hope to head into this season riding the momentum built during last season’s playoff run, it appears DeRozan already is.

The Raptors all-star scored 21 points in 21 minutes to lead the Raptors to a 99-94 victory over the Sacramento Kings in their pre-season opener as the NBA returned to Vancouver for one day.

“Efficient,” said Raptors coach Dwane Casey. “He’s smart, under control, he really did a good job […]

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Raptors Preseason Game Against Bucks Called Due To Concerns About Court

Let’s call it a preseason.

After a start that saw several slips and stumbles from players on both sides, officials decided to call Friday’s game between the Raptors and Bucks at BMO Harris Bradley Center mid-way through the first quarter.

 

Game against Bucks in Milwaukee cancelled at 5:58 mark of 1st qtr. due to unsafe playing conditions with the court surface. — RaptorsMR (@RaptorsMR) October 26, 2013

 

According to head coach Dwane Casey, there were questions about the court prior to the game.

“There were concerns earlier and the court crew did an excellent […]

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Casey Aims To Experiment In Preseason

Two Atlantic Division foes that underwent massive offseason change in very different ways open preseason play Monday when the Raptors visit the Celtics at TD Garden in Boston (7:30 PM ET).

The Raptors are coming off a fifth straight season without a playoff appearance and after some significant off-court transformation, there’s still little to suggest exactly which direction the team is heading long-term.

Fresh off winning an Executive of the Year award with the Denver Nuggets, Masai Ujiri returned to the Raptors this summer to replace Bryan Colangelo as president of basketball […]

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Positive Start For Valanciunas

Call it small first step for Jonas Valanciunas.

The Raptors rookie centre saw just over 13 minutes of work in his first appearance on Wednesday since suffering a calf strain and finished with two points and two blocks (I saw three) in a Raptors 101-99 loss to the Pistons.

Head coach Dwane Casey said Valanciunas did an “excellent job” given the context of his first game and competition in the form of a big Detroit frontline.

“He was where he was supposed to be a lot on his offensive sets and […]

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