Defending champion Raptors experimenting after departures
TORONTO (AP) — Toronto Raptors head coach Nick Nurse expects he'll be experimenting with lineups a lot in the early part of the season.
That's the challenge when you lose two starters from...
ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) — A trio of peregrine falcons has made their debut in Illinois.
The Rockford Register Star reports the chicks received identification bands during a Saturday ceremony....
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — Dwane Casey had nothing but positive things to say about the fact that his former team just won the NBA title.
Casey coached the Toronto Raptors for seven seasons...
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Latest from Thursday night's Game 6 of the NBA Finals (all times local):
The Toronto Raptors are NBA champions for the first time.
VanVleet, Raptors aren’t smiling now, but they might be soon
TORONTO (AP) — Fred VanVleet had a face that only a country of hockey fans could love.
A bandage covering stitches under his right eye. Swelling near the side of his nose. Fresh dental work...
TORONTO (AP) — The Latest from the NBA Finals and Thursday's Game 1 between the Golden State Warriors and Toronto Raptors (all times local):
Raptors end regular season with 120-100 win over T-Wolves
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Toronto Raptors are healthy, confident and ready for the playoffs.
Now, all that's left is to find out their opponent.
Deja vu: Lamb’s 3-pointer lifts Hornets past Raptors 113-111
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Toronto Raptors are hoping they don't have to see Jeremy Lamb in the playoffs.
Lamb beat the Raptors on a last-second 3-pointer for the second time in less than...
Ibaka, VanVleet lead Raptors to 124-101 rout of Bulls
CHICAGO (AP) — Playing without their top two players proved to be no problem for the Toronto Raptors.
Serge Ibaka had 23 points and 12 rebounds, Fred VanVleet also scored 23 and the Raptors...
Siakam has 33 and 13 as Raptors hold off Thunder in OT
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Forced to play overtime after blowing a 20-point second-half lead, the Toronto Raptors found their groove again in the extra period.
Lin leads Raptors to rout of Knicks; Lowry injured
TORONTO (AP) — The Toronto Raptors will likely have to wait a little longer to get their entire lineup healthy at the same time.
Jeremy Lin scored 20 points, Fred VanVleet had 13 points and...
Siakam, VanVleet set career highs to lead Raptors past Hawks
ATLANTA (AP) — The Toronto Raptors have a new big man coming to help their push for the top spot in the Eastern Conference.
In the meantime, the Raptors won by playing small.
Pascal Siakam scored a career-high 33 points, Fred VanVleet added a career-best 30 and the Raptors rallied after trailing by 17 points in the first half to beat the Atlanta Hawks 119-101 on Thursday night.
Lowry, VanVleet each score 19, Raptors beat Kings 120-105
TORONTO (AP) — Even without Kawhi Leonard in the lineup, the rested Toronto Raptors were too much for the tired Sacramento Kings.
Kyle Lowry and Fred VanVleet each scored 19 points, Pascal Siakam had 18 and the Raptors beat the Kings 120-105 on Tuesday night.
Serge Ibaka had 15 points and 10 rebounds as the Raptors extended their home winning streak to 10 games. Toronto's franchise record for consecutive home wins is 12.
Leonard, Siakam each score 30 points, Raptors beat Bucks
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Kawhi Leonard had a simple explanation after the Toronto Raptors' latest victory.
"If you want to win, you got to play defense," Leonard said. "That is every game in the NBA."
Leonard and Pascal Siakam each scored 30 points, with Siakam setting a career high, and the Raptors beat the Milwaukee Bucks 123-116 on Saturday night in a matchup of the top two teams in the NBA standings.
Leonard also matched his season high with five steals.
Leonard scores 27 as Raptors beat Bulls 95-89
TORONTO (AP) — A game against the defensive-minded Chicago Bulls wasn't the ideal situation for the Toronto Raptors to get their struggling offense back on track.
In the end, Toronto did just enough to eke out a win.
Kawhi Leonard scored 27 points, Pascal Siakam had 20 points and 12 rebounds and the Raptors beat Chicago 95-89 on Sunday night, their seventh straight victory over the Bulls.
Raptors top Heat 106-104, improve NBA’s best record
MIAMI (AP) — Kawhi Leonard scored 30 points, Danny Green's 3-pointer with 22.7 seconds left put Toronto ahead for good and the Raptors improved the NBA's best record to 26-10 by topping the Miami Heat 106-104 on Wednesday night.
Leonard scores 30, Green’s 3 lifts Toronto past Heat 106-104
MIAMI (AP) — Danny Green slipped to the right corner, somehow forgotten by the Miami Heat.
He made them pay.
Kawhi Leonard scored 30 points, Green's 3-pointer with 22.7 seconds left — a wide-open one — became the gamewinner, and the Toronto Raptors improved the NBA's best record to 26-10 by topping the Heat 106-104 on Wednesday night.
Toronto has now won three games this season when trailing by 17 points.
"We've always got a chance to come back," Fred VanVleet said.
Leonard scores 37 as Raptors beat Cavs 126-110
TORONTO (AP) — The Toronto Raptors keep rolling along despite missing a couple key players because of injuries.
Having Kawhi Leonard on the court certainly helps.
Leonard matched his season high with 37 points, helping the Raptors beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 126-110 on Friday night.
OG Anunoby equaled his career high with 21 points as Toronto improved its NBA-leading record to 25-9. Pascal Siakam had 15 points and 10 rebounds, and Fred VanVleet scored 14 points.
VanVleet hits go-ahead 3-pointer, Raptors beat Pacers 99-96
TORONTO (AP) — After seven straight wins, Victor Oladipo and the Indiana Pacers suddenly are having trouble finishing.
Fred VanVleet hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 25 seconds left and the Toronto Raptors rallied from a 17-point deficit to beat the Pacers 99-96 on Wednesday night.
Lowry, Ibaka lead Raptors to 113-93 rout of Warriors
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Kyle Lowry had 23 points and 12 assists to lead a balanced Toronto offense while leading scorer Kawhi Leonard sat out, Serge Ibaka added 20 points and the Raptors dominated Golden State from the start, beating the Warriors 113-93 on Wednesday night to complete a season sweep.
Danny Green scored 15 points, Pascal Siakam had 13 and Fred VanVleet added 10 to help the Raptors improve to an NBA-best 23-7, matching the best start in franchise history.
Serge Ibaka, Raptors cruise past Clippers 123-99
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Serge Ibaka had 25 points and nine rebounds, and the Toronto Raptors cruised past the Los Angeles Clippers 123-99 on Tuesday night without injured Kawhi Leonard.
Kyle Lowry added 21 points, making four of the Raptors' 14 3-pointers.
Leonard sat out with a bruised right hip that he hurt against Milwaukee last Sunday. He is day-to-day.
The Clippers endured their biggest loss of the season against the NBA's best team (22-7).
Brogdon’s 3-pointers lift Bucks past Raptors 104-99
TORONTO (AP) — Malcolm Brogdon hit tying and go-ahead 3-pointers in the final 67 seconds and the Milwaukee Bucks held on to beat the Toronto Raptors 104-99 on Sunday night.
Brogdon scored 18 points, Giannis Antetokounmpo had 19 points and matched a season high with 19 rebounds, and Brook Lopez had 19 points for the Bucks, the first team to beat Toronto twice this season.
Nets end 8-game skid by edging Raptors 106-105 in OT
NEW YORK (AP) — Kawhi Leonard's short shot went in and out. Fred VanVleet's 3-pointer went around the rim and spun out.
For 3 1/2 years, the Toronto Raptors had always found a way to beat the Brooklyn Nets.
This time, not one, but two chances just wouldn't fall.
"Just how the game goes sometimes," Leonard said.
That allowed the Nets to snap an eight-game losing streak overall and a 12-game skid against the Raptors with a 106-105 victory in overtime on Friday night.
Leonard’s 34 leads Raptors to eighth straight win
CLEVELAND (AP) — Down an All-Star guard, there was no need for the Toronto Raptors to panic.
Not against one of the NBA's worst teams, and not with Kawhi Leonard around.
Leonard scored 34 points, Fred VanVleet added 15 and Toronto extended its winning streak to eight games despite missing Kyle Lowry with a 106-95 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday night.
Raptors All-Star guard Kyle Lowry out with back injury
CLEVELAND (AP) — Toronto Raptors All-Star guard Kyle Lowry is sidelined with an unspecified back injury.
Lowry will miss Saturday night's game against the Cleveland Cavaliers after his back flared up earlier in the day. Raptors coach Nick Nurse did not give any details about Lowry's injury or a timetable for when he might be back.
Fred VanVleet will start in place of Lowry, who started Toronto's first 23 games. The Raptors enter riding a seven-game winning streak and are a league-best 19-4.
Lowry, VanVleet lead Raptors to 122-114 win over Grizzlies
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The Toronto Raptors were teetering on the edge of their winning streak ending, facing a 17-point, second-half deficit.
A 3-point shooting show erased any worries.
The Raptors converted 10 of 17 shots from outside the arc in the second half, including 7 of 12 in the fourth to pull away from the Memphis Grizzlies for a 122-114 victory on Tuesday night.
Nuggets win 117-85 in their biggest rout ever of Lakers
DENVER (AP) — Paul Millsap, Jamal Murray and Malik Beasley scored 20 points apiece, and the Denver Nuggets rolled to their biggest victory ever over the Los Angeles Lakers, a 117-85 rout on Tuesday night.
The 32-point margin surpassed a 29-point win in 1993.
Nikola Jokic added 14 points and Juancho Hernangomez had 12 for the Nuggets, who won their fourth in a row.
Leonard scores 27 points as Raptors rout Wizards 125-107
TORONTO (AP) — The Toronto Raptors turned in their best 3-point shooting performance of the season. The Washington Wizards had one of their worst.
Kawhi Leonard had 27 points and 10 rebounds, Kyle Lowry scored 15 points and the Raptors won their fourth straight game, beating the Wizards 125-107 on Friday night.
OG Anunoby scored 15 points and Fred VanVleet had 13 as Toronto posted its third straight win over the Wizards and improved its NBA-leading record to 16-4.
VanVleet, Green, Ibaka lead Raptors to 122-83 rout of Bulls
CHICAGO (AP) — With Kawhi Leonard sitting out, Toronto Raptors coach Nick Nurse inserted Fred VanVleet into the starting lineup Saturday night hoping it would snap the reserve guard out of a recent funk.
VanVleet scored 18 points, Danny Green added 17 and Serge Ibaka had 16 points and four blocks, sending the short-handed Raptors to a 122-83 rout of the Chicago Bulls that snapped their three-game losing streak.
Raptors’ Leonard, Bulls’ LaVine to sit out game
CHICAGO (AP) — Kawhi Leonard of the Toronto Raptors and Zach LaVine of the Chicago Bulls are being held out of Saturday night's matchup between the teams.
Leonard isn't injured. The Raptors don't want to overextend him early in the season, so he'll sit after logging 43 minutes Friday night at Boston. He has not played back-to-back games this season and is averaging 24.8 points and 8.4 rebounds.
Lowry and balanced Raptors rout slumping Jazz 124-111
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Without Kawhi Leonard, the Raptors used a balanced team effort to get their fourth straight win.
"We have been playing basically position-less basketball," said Kyle Lowry, who had 17 points and 11 assists to lead four Raptors with 17 points as Toronto beat the Utah Jazz 124-111 on Monday night.
Serge Ibaka, OG Anunoby and Fred VanVleet also had 17 points as the Raptors were bolstered with six players in double figures to win their fourth straight game.
With no Leonard, Lowry leads Raptors past Wizards 117-113
WASHINGTON (AP) — All's going well for Kyle Lowry and the Toronto Raptors at the moment, off to a 3-0 start and even winning without new star Kawhi Leonard in the second half of a back-to-back.
Nothing's going right for John Wall and the Washington Wizards, 0-2 after a pair of losses at home and unable to rebound well while waiting for new big man Dwight Howard to make his season debut.
Lowry scores 23 points as Raptors rout Celtics 111-91
TORONTO (AP) — Kyrie Irving returned from injury, but it didn't do much to help the Boston Celtics.
Kyle Lowry scored 23 points, C.J. Miles had 20 and the Toronto Raptors routed the Celtics 111-91 on Tuesday night, snapping Boston's four-game winning streak.
DeMar DeRozan added 15 points, Delon Wright had 14 and Fred VanVleet 10 as Toronto won its fifth straight home meeting over Boston, closing to within a game of the conference-leading Celtics.
Wright scores 15 points as Raptors beat Grizzlies 101-86
TORONTO (AP) — After Toronto's bench players started the fourth quarter with a bang, Raptors coach Dwane Casey let them keep playing until the final buzzer.
Delon Wright scored 15 points, DeMar DeRozan and Fred VanVleet each had 13 and the Raptors pulled away in the fourth to beat Memphis 101-86 on Sunday, their fifth straight home win over the slumping Grizzlies.
DeRozan, Raptors roll past Blazers, improve to 20-4 at home
TORONTO (AP) — DeMar DeRozan scored 35 points, Jonas Valanciunas had 18 and the Toronto Raptors beat Portland 130-105 on Friday night, their sixth straight win over the Trail Blazers.
Fred VanVleet scored 16 points, Kyle Lowry had 15 and Pascal Siakam 13 as the Raptors improved their home record to 20-4, the best mark in the NBA.
DeRozan made 11 of 22 shots and matched his career-high by making six 3-pointers. He finished 6 for 10 from long range.
DeRozan spoils Lillard’s milestone, Raptors beat Blazers
TORONTO (AP) — DeMar DeRozan's big night from beyond the arc spoiled Damian Lillard's milestone moment.
DeRozan scored 35 points, Jonas Valanciunas had 18 and the Toronto Raptors beat Portland 130-105 on Friday night, their sixth straight win over the Trail Blazers.
Fred VanVleet scored 16 points, Kyle Lowry had 15 and Pascal Siakam 13 as the Raptors improved their home record to 20-4, best in the NBA.
VanVleet scores career-high 25, Raptors beat Lakers 123-111
TORONTO (AP) — Raptors guards DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry are bringing their coach along to next month's NBA All-Star Game.
Fred VanVleet scored a career-high 25 points, DeRozan had 19 and the Raptors beat Los Angeles 123-111 on Sunday to snap the Lakers' winning streak at four games.
Raptors’ DeRozan fined for ‘5-on-8’ comment criticizing refs
NEW YORK (AP) — Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan has been fined $15,000 by the NBA for publicly criticizing the league's officiating.
The punishment was announced Tuesday by Kiki VanDeWeghe, the league's executive vice president for basketball operations.
DeRozan made his remarks after the Raptors' 127-125 loss to Golden State on Saturday in Toronto.