Not Missing A Beat: Lowry Leads Raptors To Fourth Straight Win In Return

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TORONTO (CP) – Jonas Valanciunas cherished the chance to think about nothing but basketball Wednesday night.

The Raptors’ sophomore centre cast aside his off-court troubles to score a career-high 26 points and grab 12 rebounds in Toronto’s 125-114 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers – less than three days after he was charged with drunk driving.

“It has been a rough couple of days, but I had to find energy to come out and fight. I felt really good fan support – thank ...

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Raptors Fend Off Bucks, Set Franchise Mark For Road Wins

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MILWAUKEE (CP) — The playoff-bound Toronto Raptors found themselves trailing the hapless Milwaukee Bucks by nine points at halftime.

DeMar DeRozan made sure the Raptors recovered to continue their push for post-season position.

The Toronto guard scored 15 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter and the Raptors beat the Milwaukee Bucks 102-98 Saturday night to keep pace with the Chicago Bulls for the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference.

“We can’t look at a team’s record, ...

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Next Man Up: Shorthanded Raptors Clamp Down On Pacers

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TORONTO (CP) – Late in the third quarter Friday night, some angry jostling between John Salmons and Paul George quickly turned into a shoving match. The dust-up brought the cheering crowd at Air Canada Centre to its feet and earned both players matching technical fouls.

But even more, said Salmons, it said everything about this Toronto Raptors team. They’re not afraid of anyone.

Terrence Ross led the way with 24 points as the short-handed Raptors slayed another significant foe, defeating the Indiana ...

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Mission Controlled: With Lowry Down, DeRozan Lifts Raptors Over Rockets

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TORONTO (CP) – The clock was ticking down and the Toronto Raptors were clutching a one-point lead. And Kyle Lowry, the player who has so often carried them down the stretch, was in the locker-room getting treatment for a sore and swollen knee.

But with DeMar DeRozan leading the way, the Raptors showed the resiliency that has become part of their makeup this season en route to a 107-103 victory over the Houston Rockets on Wednesday.

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Raptors Succumb To Heat

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MIAMI (CP) – For the first time all season, the Miami Heat are alone atop the Eastern Conference.

And that’s quite a turnaround from how things seemed less than a week ago.

LeBron James fought through a sore back to score 32 points, Chris Bosh added 18 and the Heat used another strong defensive effort to beat the Toronto Raptors 93-83 on Monday night. The win pushed the two-time defending NBA champions percentage points ahead of the struggling Indiana Pacers in the ...

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Raptors Begin Charge To Playoffs With Win Over Magic

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ORLANDO, Fla. (CP) – After Toronto locked up its first post-season berth since 2008 last week, coach Dwane Casey cautioned the Raptors to not get complacent down the stretch with teams still vying for playoff position.

He’s hoping that a nearly disastrous letdown against Orlando will send a stronger message.

DeMar DeRozan had 28 points, Jonas Valanciunas added 20 points and nine rebounds, and the Raptors escaped with a 98-93 victory over the Magic on Sunday night.

Toronto led by as many as ...

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Clinched! Raptors Headed To Playoffs

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TORONTO (CP) – Together, they’ve logged 10 seasons of mostly disappointment with the Toronto Raptors.

Friday night, DeMar DeRozan and Amir Johnson wrote the perfect ending to the Raptors’ 105-103 victory over the Boston Celtics that – finally – sent the Raptors into the playoffs for the first time in six years.

“It makes it feel all worth it, honestly, the hard work, the struggles, the nights going home where you’re just frustrated and don’t want to turn on sports,” DeRozan said. ...

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Raptors Mount Comeback, But Can’t Dismount Cavs

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CLEVELAND (CP) – The Raptors aren’t officially in the NBA playoffs. They don’t look ready for them, either.

Dion Waiters scored 24 points, Luol Deng added 19 and the Cleveland Cavaliers prevented Toronto from getting closer to a post-season spot with a 102-100 win over the sloppy Raptors on Tuesday night.

Toronto fell behind by 21 points in the third quarter, and then battled back to take a 95-94 lead. But the Raptors fell apart in the final minutes.

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Raptors Get Crucial Win After Crushing Loss

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TORONTO (CP) – Toronto’s Kyle Lowry had spent big chunks of Sunday’s game on the bench, part of the coaching and medical staff’s plan to manage the minutes of their battered and bruised team leader.

Unleashed in the fourth quarter, Lowry scored seven of his 25 points in the game’s final minute to lift the Raptors to a 96-86 victory over the Atlanta Hawks.

After three horrible quarters, the Raptors outscored the Hawks 36-15 in the final 12 minutes to seal the victory.

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Raptors Lose Heartbreaker To Thunder In Double OT

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TORONTO (CP) – The game, according to DeMar DeRozan, was the kind that players live for.

The ending was not.

Kevin Durant calmly drained a three-pointer with 1.7 seconds left to lift the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 119-118 victory over the Toronto Raptors in double overtime on Friday.

The buzzer-beating bomb from 31 yards out capped a 51-point performance by Durant, the league’s top scorer.

Still, DeRozan said there was plenty to take from the game ...

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