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 ...

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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.

“I think we’re all glad ...

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



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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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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Raptors Unexpected Turnaround Continues With Record-Setting Win Over Bucks


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With their All-Star resting, the Toronto Raptors set a franchise record for wins in a season. While DeMar DeRozan sat on the bench — in uniform, but with the night off from playing duties — the Raptors picked up an easy 110-100 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks for their 48th victory of the year.

Prior to the game, DeRozan addressed the fans to thank them for their support over the season and asked them to help unveil the Atlantic Division banner that was ...

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Game Day: Raptors @ Pistons

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Season Series: Raptors 2-0

The Toronto Raptors have won their second Atlantic Division title, though the clincher didn’t come in the fashion they hoped.

Heading for their sixth playoff appearance in 19 seasons of existence, they still have a chance to enter the postseason with plenty of momentum.

They hope to bounce back and win for the eighth time in 10 games when they visit the Detroit Pistons on Sunday.

Toronto (46-33) squandered its chance to clinch the Atlantic on its own Friday, losing 108-100 ...

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Raptors Fall To Knicks, But Clinch Atlantic Title


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The post-game mood was a little strange on Friday night at Air Canada Centre.

On one hand, the Raptors had just lost to the New York Knicks 108-100. Carmelo Anthony scored 30 points and Amar’e Stoudemire scored a season-high 24 points to go with 11 rebounds. On the other hand, thanks to a Brooklyn Nets loss against the Atlanta Hawks (that happened while Raptors head coach Dwane Casey was conducting his post-game press conference), Toronto clinched a division ...

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#RTZ Digital Rundown: Raptors vs. Knicks


A bittersweet night at Air Canada Centre as a victory would have brought a lot of extras attached to it. The Raptors left the arena shy of their 47th win of the season but clinched the Atlantic Division title for the second time in team history. #RTZ

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Raptors Band Together And Roll To Season Sweep Of Sixers


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Jonas Valanciunas was looking for a distraction. On Wednesday night, for roughly two and a half hours, the Philadelphia 76ers fit the bill.

Playing in his first game since being charged with a DUI early Monday morning, Valanciunas was fantastic about the 76ers. Scoring a career-high 26 points to go with 12 rebounds, he shot 10-for-14 from the floor and 6-for-8 from the free throw line as Toronto defeated Philadelphia 125-114.

“I don’t know if it had anything to do ...

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Game Day: Raptors vs. Sixers

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Season Series: Raptors 3-0

The Toronto Raptors hope to complete a 4-0 season weep against the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday. With five games remaining in the regular season, Dwane Casey has repeatedly mentioned the importance of taking each game as it comes. A match up with the 17-60 Philadelphia 76ers looks like an easy game on paper, but at this point in the season, no game is a given.

Thanks to a victory over the Miami Heat on Tuesday ...

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