Memphis Grizzlies vs. Miami Heat
Miami; Wednesday, 7:30 p.m. EDT
The Miami Heat open the season at home against the Memphis Grizzlies.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Veteran center Jonas Valanciunas chuckled at the idea the revamped Memphis Grizzlies are in a rebuilding process that could take a couple of seasons.
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.
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...
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...
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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."
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."
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."
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.