Dallas plays Memphis in conference battle
Dallas; Friday, 8:30 p.m. EDT
BOTTOM LINE: Western Conference foes Dallas and Memphis face off at the American Airlines Center.
The Mavericks are 16-32 against Western Conference...
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Grizzlies center Jonas Valanciunas will miss the rest of the season after spraining his right ankle in a loss to the Clippers.
PHOENIX (AP) — Punished by Devin Booker for three quarters, the Grizzlies turned the tables down the stretch.
Memphis pounded the ball inside to Jonas Valanciunas, who took advantage of a...
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Kevin Durant had the best shooting night of his career to help the Golden State Warriors take the outright Western Conference lead.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Memphis is becoming a tough place to visit for contenders in the Western Conference playoff race.
The Grizzlies continued to play spoiler for those jockeying for...
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A night after they were eliminated from playoff contention, the Minnesota Timberwolves at least ended a difficult skid.
Harden scores 57 but Grizzlies top Rockets 126-125 in OT
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — James Harden did everything he could to bring the Houston Rockets back from a big deficit in the fourth quarter. He got them to overtime, but his 57 points weren't...
Conley, Valanciunas lead Grizzlies past Jazz 114-104
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Mike Conley is continuing to lead the Memphis Grizzlies down the stretch, and a new big center has stepped up to help with the scoring load.
DALLAS (AP) — Jonas Valanciunas brought physical play to the new-look Memphis Grizzlies, and the Dallas Mavericks noticed.
Valanciunas had 20 points and 10 rebounds, and backup center Joakim...
Conley, Grizzlies dent Lakers’ playoff hopes in 110-105 win
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The Lakers got a triple-double from LeBron James and 32 points from Brandon Ingram but still suffered another dent to their playoff hopes.
Grizzlies take next step in rebuilding, trading Marc Gasol
The Memphis Grizzlies have taken another big step toward rebuilding their roster, trading center Marc Gasol and leaving Mike Conley as the lone remaining piece from the core four of the franchise's best success.
And Conley's tenure might only last the rest of this season.
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.
Leonard scores career-high 45, Raptors beat Jazz 122-116
TORONTO (AP) — Kawhi Leonard was so good Tuesday night, Raptors coach Nick Nurse just wanted to enjoy the show.
Leonard scored a career-high 45 points, Pascal Siakam had a career-best 28 points with 10 rebounds, and Toronto beat the Utah Jazz 122-116.
"That's good, we all got to witness that live and in person," Nurse said of Leonard's outburst. "He was phenomenal. I've kind of been waiting for one of these nights where he makes them all."
Embiid, Simmons lead 76ers over short-handed Raptors
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Joel Embiid and the Philadelphia 76ers weren't too excited after their latest win.
Embiid had 27 points and 11 rebounds, Ben Simmons added 26 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists and Philadelphia routed the short-handed Toronto Raptors 126-101 on Saturday night.
JJ Redick added 22 points for the 76ers, who pulled within 2½ games of first-place Toronto in the Atlantic Division.
Leonard scores 36 points as Raptors beat 76ers 113-102
TORONTO (AP) — Kawhi Leonard insisted he doesn't try to do anything extra in big games. His numbers suggest otherwise.
Leonard had 36 points, Jonas Valanciunas scored 18 of his season-high 26 in the fourth quarter and the Toronto Raptors beat Philadelphia 113-102 on Wednesday night, handing the 76ers their 13th consecutive loss in Canada.
Players: Emotions will run high when Casey makes his return
TORONTO (AP) — Kyle Lowry and Jonas Valanciunas spent a dozen years between them developing their games under coach Dwane Casey. Valanciunas had never played for any other NBA head coach before this season.
When they welcome Casey and his Detroit Pistons back to Toronto on Wednesday night, the two longest-serving current Raptors know emotions will be running high.
"It's going to be different, but hey, I'm still going to try to take his head off, the team's head off," Lowry said with a laugh.
Pascal Siakam scores 23 as Raptors beat Knicks 128-112
TORONTO (AP) — Pascal Siakam scored a career-high 23 points, Jonas Valanciunas had 19 points and 10 rebounds and the Toronto Raptors beat the New York Knicks 128-112 on Saturday, improving their league-leading record to 12-1.
OG Anunoby scored 16 points and Kawhi Leonard, Serge Ibaka and Delon Wright each had 12 as the Raptors won their sixth straight home meeting with the Knicks and improved to 7-0 at home this season. Toronto has won six straight overall.
Siakam scores career-high 23, Raptors beat Knicks 128-112
TORONTO (AP) — A big effort from the bench helped make up for rare off nights by two of the Raptors' biggest scoring threats.
Pascal Siakam scored a career-high 23 points, Jonas Valanciunas had 19 points and 10 rebounds and Toronto beat the New York Knicks 128-112 on Saturday, improving its league-leading record to 12-1.
Kawhi Leonard scored a season-low 12 points, failing to reach 20 for the second time in nine games. Kyle Lowry scored 10 points, one better than his season worst.
Raptors finally pull away from Suns 107-98, improve to 8-1
PHOENIX (AP) — The Toronto Raptors weren't at their best, but good enough to pull away from the Phoenix Suns for another victory in the best start to a season in the Canadian franchise's history.
Kawhi Leonard scored 19 points and the Raptors used a 14-2 fourth-quarter run to finally put away the pesky Phoenix Suns 107-98 on Friday night.
Leonard scores 31 points as Raptors beat 76ers 129-112
TORONTO (AP) — Kawhi Leonard turned in another strong effort at both ends of the floor, and the Raptors responded well after their first loss of the season.
Leonard scored 31 points, Pascal Siakam had 15 points and a career-high 15 rebounds, and the Raptors rolled past Philadelphia 129-112 on Tuesday night, handing the 76ers their 12th consecutive defeat north of the border.
Kyle Lowry had 20 points and 13 assists, extending his streak of double-digit assist games to a career-best six.
Lowry has 20 as Raptors win 6th straight, beat Mavs 116-107
TORONTO (AP) — With a strong start and a big finish, Kyle Lowry and the Toronto Raptors added to their perfect start.
Lowry had 20 points and 12 assists, Kawhi Leonard scored 21 points and Toronto set a franchise record with its sixth straight win to start the season, beating the Dallas Mavericks 116-107 on Friday night.
Jonas Valanciunas scored 17 points, Danny Green had 15 and Serge Ibaka finished with 11 as the Raptors eclipsed the 5-0 start they recorded in 2015-16.
Leonard scores 35, Raptors beat Wolves 112-105 to reach 5-0
TORONTO (AP) — With his highest-scoring game of the season, Kawhi Leonard kept the Toronto Raptors rolling along.
Leonard scored 35 points, Kyle Lowry had 13 points and 10 assists, and the Raptors beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 112-105 on Wednesday night to improve to 5-0 and match the best start in franchise history.
"We're on the right track," Leonard said. "We've won every game so far and we've just got to keep going."
Leonard scores 22 points as Raptors rout Hornets 127-106
TORONTO (AP) — A tough Toronto Raptors defense took the sting out of Charlotte's 3-point shooting.
Kawhi Leonard scored 22 points, Kyle Lowry had 16 points and a season-high 14 assists, and Toronto never trailed in a 127-106 victory over the Hornets on Monday night, the Raptors' fourth straight win to open the season.
CLEVELAND (AP) — LeBron James sent Toronto into summer vacation for the third straight season as the Cleveland Cavaliers completed a series sweep of the Raptors with a 128-93 win in Game 4 on Monday night to advance to the Eastern Conference finals.
CLEVELAND (AP) — Down 3-0 in the series to LeBron James and the Cavaliers, Toronto coach Dwane Casey changed his starting lineup for Game 4.
Casey is playing guards Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan on Monday night along with forwards C.J. Miles, rookie OG Anunoby and center Serge Ibaka as the Raptors look to force a Game 5 at home.
DeRozan scores 32 points, Raptors beat Wizards in Game 5
TORONTO (AP) — The Toronto Raptors rode to a seldom-used lineup to move within a game of advancing in the NBA playoffs.
DeMar DeRozan scored 32 points, Kyle Lowry had 17 points and 10 assists and the Raptors beat the Washington Wizards 108-98 on Wednesday night in Game 5.
Toronto rebounded after losing Games 3 and 4 on the road to take a 3-2 series lead back to Washington for Game 6 on Friday night. The home team has won all five games in the series.
The Toronto Raptors have a two-games-to-none lead in an NBA playoff series for the first time in team history. DeMar DeRozan matched his career playoff high with 37 points and Jonas Valanciunas added 19 with 14 rebounds as the Raptors outscored the Washington Wizards, 130-119 in Toronto. C.J. Miles finished with 18 points, including a big three-pointer to ignite a late 17-4 run that gave Toronto an 18-point lead.
DeMar DeRozan matched his career playoff-high with 37 points, Jonas Valanciunas had 19 points and 14 rebounds and the Toronto Raptors beat the Washington Wizards 130-119 on Tuesday night, taking a 2-0 lead in a playoff series for the first time in franchise history.
Kyle Lowry had 13 points and a career playoff-high 12 assists as Toronto set team playoff records for points in a quarter, a half, and a game.
TORONTO (AP) — DeMar DeRozan's big game put the Toronto Raptors in a place they've never been before: up 2-0 in a playoff series.
DeRozan matched his career playoff-high with 37 points, Jonas Valanciunas had 19 points and 14 rebounds and the Raptors beat the Washington Wizards 130-119 on Tuesday night as Toronto took a 2-0 lead in a playoff series for the first time in franchise history.
"I didn't go out there planning to score 37 points, I went out there to be aggressive," DeRozan said.
Detroit – Jonas Valanciunas scored 25 points, and the Toronto Raptors scored the first 13 points of the fourth quarter before holding on for a 108-98 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Monday night.
Detroit was without injured stars Andre Drummond and Blake Griffin for its home finale, but the Pistons still led by 17 in the first half. The margin was only three, however, at halftime, and Detroit managed only 38 points over the final two quarters.
Lowry has triple-double as Raptors beat Nets 116-112
TORONTO (AP) — The Raptors weren't feeling too good about themselves after a fourth-quarter rally gave Toronto its 12th straight win over the Brooklyn Nets.
Kyle Lowry had 25 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds in his 10th triple-double with Toronto, Jonas Valanciunas scored 23 and the Eastern Conference leaders beat Brooklyn 116-112 on Friday night.
"We were not sharp whatsoever," Raptors coach Dwane Casey said. "We did not deserve to win that game."
Raptor top Mavericks 122-115 for 11th straight win
TORONTO (AP) — DeMar DeRozan made the game-winning basket in overtime and the Toronto Raptors rallied to match the longest winning streak in franchise history, topping the Dallas Mavericks 122-115 on Friday night for their 11th consecutive win.
TORONTO (AP) — The Toronto Raptors are on top of the Eastern Conference and learning how to deal with the view.
DeMar DeRozan made the game-winning basket in overtime and the Raptors rallied to match the longest winning streak in franchise history, topping the Dallas Mavericks 122-115 on Friday for their 11th consecutive win.
"We make it hard on ourselves," coach Dwane Casey said. "Every team is coming in and giving their best shot. We're learning to be the hunted instead of the hunter."
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Toronto's DeMar DeRozan figured out how to beat Indiana at its own game.
He sped things up and eventually, the Pacers wore down.
DeRozan scored 16 of his 24 points in the second half, Jonas Valanciunas finished with 16 points and 17 rebounds and the Raptors used a 16-4 fourth-quarter run to get past Indiana 106-99 on Thursday night for their 10th consecutive win.
NEW YORK (AP) — The Toronto Raptors reached 50 wins for the third straight season.
DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry are seeking much more.
"There's a bigger goal," said DeRozan, the lone holdover from a Raptors team that went 22-60 in 2010-11. "Success during the regular season is great, but we're playing for something bigger than all of us. That's to get in the postseason and win all the rounds to get that gold trophy."
Raptors roll to 8th straight win, rout Knicks 132-106
NEW YORK (AP) — Between an emotional win in their last game and an early start to this one, there were plenty of reasons why the Toronto Raptors might not be sharp.
And a pretty simple reason why they were.
"We just want to hoop, man," All-Star DeMar DeRozan said. "Every time we get an opportunity to hoop, we're going out there and doing what we know how to do and that's to play, whether if it's an early game, a late game, whatever it may be. No matter who we're playing."
TORONTO (AP) — After 17 consecutive wins, Houston star James Harden wasn't going to let one little loss spoil his outlook.
Kyle Lowry scored 30 points, DeMar DeRozan had 23 and the Toronto Raptors beat Houston 108-105 on Friday night, snapping the Rockets' 17-game winning streak.
Harden scored 40 points but the Rockets lost for the first time since Jan. 27 at New Orleans.
"I don't even feel like we lost," Harden said. "Same swagger. Nothing changed. It's one game."
DeRozan scores 25, Raptors beat Hawks 106-90
TORONTO (AP) — For three quarters, the Toronto Raptors looked listless against the Atlanta Hawks.
Finally, in the fourth, the Raptors turned in an effort worthy of the top team in the Eastern Conference.
DeMar DeRozan scored 25 points, Jonas Valanciunas had 15 and the Raptors used a big fourth quarter to beat the Hawks 106-90 on Tuesday night, their fifth straight win.
TORONTO (AP) — After three double-digit losses to Toronto, the Charlotte Hornets finally turned in a strong performance against the Raptors.
Unfortunately, it still wasn't enough to beat the Eastern Conference leaders.
DeMar DeRozan scored 19 points, Jonas Valanciunas had 18 points and 13 rebounds and the Raptors beat the Hornets 103-98 on Sunday night, Toronto's 11th win in 12 games.
Lowry leads Raptors to 7th win in row, 122-98 over Bulls
CHICAGO (AP) — The Toronto Raptors rolled into the All-Star break knowing the toughest part is yet to come. They'll take where they are at the moment — staring down at the rest of the Eastern Conference.
Kyle Lowry had 20 points and 10 assists, Serge Ibaka also scored 20 points and the Raptors cruised into the break with their seventh straight victory, 122-98 over the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday night.