Cleveland Cavaliers (19-56, 14th in the Eastern Conference) vs. San Antonio Spurs (43-32, eighth in the Western Conference)
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — DeMar DeRozan scored 21 points and the San Antonio Spurs extended their winning streak to eight games with a 108-103 victory Saturday night over the Portland Trail Blazers, who...
Kawhi Leonard’s return to San Antonio not just another game
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Spurs coach Gregg Popovich is downplaying the significance of Kawhi Leonard's return to San Antonio.
As usual, Leonard isn't saying much.
But Leonard's first game in San Antonio since being traded to Toronto along with Danny Green for DeMar DeRozan and Jakob Poeltl has more significance than just another regular season game
DeRozan’s 36 points fuels Spurs past Lakers 133-120
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Jakob Poeltl and Davis Bertans walked off the court to huge cheers and the embrace of San Antonio Spurs veterans Pau Gasol and LaMarcus Aldridge.
In a game filled with All-Stars like Aldridge, DeMar DeRozan and LeBron James, the Spurs relied on a gritty effort from Poeltl, Bertans and their bench to salvage a victory.
Mitchell nets 20, Gobert adds 18 as Jazz beat Spurs 139-105
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Kyle Korver is back, and suddenly the Utah Jazz are sinking shots.
"His confidence is contagious," Donovan Mitchell said. "His presence just gives us spacing and helps everybody."
Mitchell scored 20 points, Rudy Gobert had 18 points and 10 rebounds, and the Utah Jazz beat the San Antonio Spurs 139-105 on Tuesday night.
DeRozan leads Spurs past Wolves 112-108; Butler scores 23
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — DeMar DeRozan responded to a trade he didn't want with his usual boundless energy and fearless style in the fourth quarter for San Antonio. Jimmy Butler hasn't received a trade he's requested, and turned in a similar performance for Minnesota.
DeRozan debuts as a Spur, James as a Laker as new eras open
A new era of San Antonio basketball has begun, with DeMar DeRozan in the lineup and some longtime legends elsewhere.
With an offseason of change behind them, the Spurs opened exhibition play Sunday with a 104-100 victory over the Miami Heat.
The third night of NBA preseason action was the first for LeBron James in a Lakers uniform. He scored nine in 15 minutes of the Lakers' 124-107 loss to the Denver Nuggets in San Diego.
Spurs looking forward to new faces, new season after turmoil
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — DeMar DeRozan's first month with Spurs coach Gregg Popovich has been serene, though the All-Star guard acquired in the offseason from Toronto has been warned about provoking "angry Pop."
"That hurts me," Popovich said playfully. "I just, just . it hurts me. Our relationship is not starting off well, I guess. I guess I have more work to do than I thought."
Raptors GM: Quiet Leonard is happy and healthy
TORONTO (AP) — Kawhi Leonard has yet to address the media in Toronto since his trade to the Raptors, but team president Masai Ujiri said Tuesday that his star acquisition is happy and healthy.
"He is determined and seems in the right frame of mind," Ujiri said. "You will be hearing from him shortly. I think there is a fire inside of him and we are all excited about that."
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The most tumultuous offseason in Gregg Popovich's two decades with the Spurs ended with the trade of star Kawhi Leonard to Toronto.
And Popovich says he is fine with that.
The Spurs traded Leonard and Danny Green to the Toronto Raptors for DeMar DeRozan, Jakob Poeltl and a conditional 2019 first-round pick on Wednesday. It was clear that Leonard was ready to go despite years of success with Popovich and the Spurs.
The Kawhi Leonard saga in San Antonio is over. So is DeMar DeRozan's time in Toronto.
An NBA summer blockbuster got pulled off Wednesday, with the Spurs sending Leonard to the Raptors as part of a four-player deal that has DeRozan heading to San Antonio. The Spurs also got center Jakob Poeltl and a 2019 protected first-round draft pick, while the Raptors acquired sharpshooter Danny Green.
TORONTO (AP) — The Toronto Raptors gave two key players a breather — and still had more than enough shooting to win their final home game of the regular season.
C.J. Miles scored 22 points, OG Anunoby had a career-high 21 and the Raptors beat the Orlando Magic 112-101 on Sunday night.
Serge Ibaka scored 13 points, and Jakob Poeltl and Delon Wright each had 12. The Raptors closed out their home schedule by extending their franchise records for wins (58) and home wins (34).
TORONTO (AP) — There's a new regular-season champion in the Eastern Conference.
Serge Ibaka scored a season-high 25 points, DeMar DeRozan had 12 and the Toronto Raptors beat the Indiana Pacers 92-73 on Friday night, clinching the top seed in the East for the first time in team history.
"There's gratification but you're not satisfied," Raptors coach Dwane Casey said. "We haven't got to our ultimate goal, but it's a feeling of gratification."
Raptors pull away late for 117-104 win over Magic
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The Toronto Raptors have been on a tear offensively the past month. They paused for a few minutes of defense and it made the difference against Orlando.
DeMar DeRozan scored 21 points and Kyle Lowry added 17 points, 11 assists and seven rebounds to lead the Raptors to a 117-104 victory over the Magic on Wednesday night for their 11th win in the last 13 games.
Pascal Siakam had 14 points, Jakob Poeltl added 13 and Fred VanVleet scored 12.
Valanciunas, Raptors beat short-handed Knicks 113-88
TORONTO (AP) — The short-handed New York Knicks became the latest victims of Toronto's blossoming bench.
Jonas Valanciunas had 18 points and 10 rebounds, Pascal Siakam added 14 points and a career-high six assists and the Raptors beat New York 113-88 on Thursday night.
New York played its first game since losing All-Star forward Kristaps Porzingis to a torn left ACL in Tuesday's loss to Milwaukee.
TORONTO - Until Tuesday night, the Timberwolves hadnt won a game in Toronto since their young star Andrew Wiggins was eight years old there.
Well, they still havent, not after a 109-104 loss to the Raptors at Air Canada Centre.
The Raptors now have beaten the Wolves the last 14 times the teams have played in Toronto, dating to a Jan. 21, 2004 Wolves victory there.
This time, the Raptors did so by overcoming an early 13-point deficit with a fourth-quarter burst of their own.
DeRozan scores 23 as Raptors beat Timberwolves 109-104
TORONTO (AP) — The Toronto Raptors stiffened up after a sloppy first half to extend their streak of home dominance over the Minnesota Timberwolves
DeMar DeRozan scored 23 points, Jonas Valanciunas had 18 points and 11 rebounds and the Raptors rallied from a 13-point deficit in to beat the Timberwolves 109-104 on Tuesday night.
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DeMar DeRozan scores 26 points, Raptors top Pacers 120-115
TORONTO (AP) — With a season-high 70 points in the paint, the Toronto Raptors brushed off the Indiana Pacers for their sixth straight home victory.
DeMar DeRozan scored 26 points, Jakob Poeltl made all eight of his field goal attempts and had a career-high 18 points and the Raptors beat the Pacers 120-115 on Friday night.
"We came out extremely aggressive, attacking," DeRozan said. "Everybody was in attack mode."
DeRozan scores 30 as Raptors rout 76ers 128-94
TORONTO (AP) — DeMar DeRozan fought off flu-like symptoms to give the Toronto Raptors their biggest-ever win over the Philadelphia 76ers.
DeRozan scored 30 points, Serge Ibaka had 21 and the Raptors won their 10th straight home game over Philadelphia, routing the 76ers 128-94 on Saturday night.
Kyle Lowry scored 17 points, Jakob Poeltl had a career-high 14 and the Raptors won for the 16th time in 17 meetings with the 76ers.