JEFFERSON, Iowa (AP) — Toronto coach Nick Nurse's improbable path to the NBA title began as a guard for Carroll Kuemper High in the middle of Iowa way back in the 1980s.
Nick Nurse has been in a parade, mingled with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and played guitar onstage with the Arkells since leading the Toronto Raptors to the NBA championship.
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...
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says he'll consider inviting the NBA champion Toronto Raptors to the White House "if they'd like to do it."
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Whenever Toronto coach Nick Nurse needed inspiration this season, he merely needed to look at his office wall.
Hanging there is a big photo, a finish-line shot of the...
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Canadian flag, soaked in beer and champagne, was waved in the Toronto locker room. Pascal Siakam wore the flag of Cameroon around his shoulders. Marc Gasol was yelling...
Raptors miss opportunity in Game 5 of NBA Finals
TORONTO (AP) — They were up by six, in the city that Torontonians call The Six, with less than three minutes left.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — There was a moment, not long before the postseason started, when Toronto coach Nick Nurse learned all that he really needed to know about Kawhi Leonard and what makes the...
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Toronto coach Nick Nurse plays to the beats to his own drum.
And that's not even one of the instruments that he's messing around with these days.
TORONTO (AP) — It all came apart in about six minutes for the Toronto Raptors.
They went scoreless over their first 12 possessions of the second half, a stretch during which what had been a...
TORONTO (AP) — The path to the best NBA Finals debut in seven years began in Cameroon and has stretched from New Mexico to the suburbs of Toronto.
Obnoxious sideline celebrities are as much a part of the NBA as slam dunks and getting away with an extra step or two.
From Jack Nicholson to Spike Lee to Jimmy Buffett, we've grown...
Toronto coach Nick Nurse says his team expected to be in the NBA Finals all along, and Golden State coach Steve Kerr discusses the motivation level of his team on the latest episode of PodcastOne...
TORONTO (AP) — Toronto Raptors reserve OG Anunoby hopes to return during the NBA Finals after missing almost seven weeks because of an emergency appendectomy.
Stakes are high as Bucks, Raptors meet in Game 6
TORONTO (AP) — There's no escaping the reality of what's at stake when the Toronto Raptors host the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals on Saturday night.
TORONTO (AP) — With a weary Kawhi Leonard fighting through fatigue, the Toronto Raptors found enough energy to pull away from the Milwaukee Bucks.
TORONTO (AP) — For Kawhi Leonard and the Raptors, Monday was all about rest and recovery.
Coming off a season in which he sat out 22 regular-season games and never played on back-to-back...
Kawhi Leonard and Kyle Lowry have more than held their own against Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton so far in these Eastern Conference finals.
Just when it seemed Kawhi Leonard couldn't get any better, along came the NBA playoffs and another level of performance that's left even his coach awed.
Denver and Toronto started this second round of the playoffs feeling great about their chances.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Kawhi Leonard got some help from his teammates to stay close and then finished it off himself.
Leonard scored 39 points, including a clutch 3-pointer with 1:01 left, and...
The biggest play Kyle Lowry made in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs might have been overlooked.
Game 3 in Orlando, time winding down, Toronto clinging to a three-point...
Oh, yes! Nurse, Raptors look to finish series with Magic
DENVER (AP) — In response to an early call, Toronto coach Nick Nurse formed the perfect "O'' with his mouth and held it for a dozen or so seconds.
TORONTO (AP) — Kept off the scoreboard in a Game 1 defeat, Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry was "at his finest" in Game 2, at least in the eyes of coach Nick Nurse.
There are two very compelling reasons why Orlando has Toronto's attention.
Or 31 of them, perhaps.
The Raptors lost to the Magic twice this season. And Milwaukee, Toronto and Orlando...
George scores 28 as Thunder beat Raptors 116-109
TORONTO (AP) — Stuck in a four-game losing streak, Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder came to Toronto and got their swagger back.
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...
TORONTO (AP) — Kawhi Leonard anotó el tiro ganador con tres segundos por jugar y los Raptors de Toronto resistieron para someter el viernes 119-117 a los Trail Blazers de Portland.
TORONTO (AP) — One day after the Toronto Raptors practiced "game-winning shots," Kawhi Leonard made one against the Portland Trail Blazers.
Raptors coach Nurse sizes up the NBA’s Eastern Conference
Toronto Raptors coach Nick Nurse says a handful of deals at the trade deadline could tip the NBA's balance of power to the already-tough Eastern Conference.
Toronto added Marc Gasol to counter moves sending Nikola Mirotic to Milwaukee and Tobias Harris to Philadelphia. But because of the schedule, the Raptors won't face either team again until the playoffs — which could mean adjusting on the fly.
Leonard hits winning basket, Raptors beat Nets 127-125
TORONTO (AP) — Marc Gasol was a winner in his first home game with the Toronto Raptors — thanks to a sweet shot by Kawhi Leonard.
Leonard banked home the tiebreaking basket with 4.2 seconds remaining and the Raptors edged the Brooklyn Nets 127-125 on Monday night.
"I asked if he called 'bank,'" Toronto coach Nick Nurse said. "He said he called 'game.'"
Column: NBA trade deadline provides best reality show around
The latest episode of "Survivor: NBA" was quite a cliffhanger.
All kinds of intrigue. A hefty dose of griping. Some thoroughly unexpected plot twists.
Now that's a reality show worth watching.
"They always catch me by surprise," said Toronto Raptors coach Nick Nurse, whose team had a major role in the plotline. "There's so much going on all the time."
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.
Mike Budenholzer clinches spot as All-Star Game coach
TORONTO (AP) — Milwaukee coach Mike Budenholzer and his staff are heading to the All-Star Game.
The Bucks' 105-92 win over the Toronto Raptors on Thursday night clinched the spot for Budenholzer, who will coach in the All-Star Game for the second time in five years. He also coached in 2015, when he was with the Atlanta Hawks.
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.
Ibaka’s basket lifts Raptors past Hawks 104-101
TORONTO (AP) — Kawhi Leonard and Kyle Lowry shared the court for the first time in almost a month for Toronto, yet it was Serge Ibaka who scored the biggest basket of the game for the Raptors
Ibaka scored the winning points on a dunk with 17 seconds remaining and the Raptors won their sixth straight home game, 104-101 over the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday night.
"We pulled one out," Raptors coach Nick Nurse said. "We were trying to get away from them and never really could."
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."
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.
Raptors coach Nurse, Hawks guard Bazemore fined by NBA
NEW YORK (AP) — Toronto Raptors coach Nick Nurse and Atlanta Hawks guard Kent Bazemore were fined by the NBA on Tuesday.
Nurse was fined $15,000 for criticizing the referees after a 95-86 loss to the Denver Nuggets on Sunday. Nurse was upset about a lack of fouls called against players guarding Kawhi Leonard, who had only four free-throw attempts.
Raptors rout Warriors 113-93 without Kawhi to complete sweep
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Minus their top player and with their coach still mourning his mother's death two days earlier, the Toronto Raptors put an emphatic stamp on a season sweep of Golden State.
They did it with the two-time defending NBA champion Warriors nearly at full strength, too, a very different scenario from when the teams played in Toronto less than two weeks ago.
Leonard sits with bruised hip as Raptors rout Warriors
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Kawhi Leonard sat out Toronto's showdown against the Golden State Warriors because of a bruised right hip.
The star forward was inactive for the second straight game Wednesday night, but the Raptors cruised to a 113-93 win at Golden State.
Earlier in the day, Leonard was deemed questionable while getting treatment on his hip. Toronto coach Nick Nurse spoke to reporters 90 minutes before tip-off and said he was uncertain about Leonard's status.
NBA-best Raptors hand Clippers worst loss of season, 123-99
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kyle Lowry was in a funk right along with his Toronto Raptors. He had a combined 15 points in his last five games while the team had lost three of four.
Adding to their woes, leading scorer Kawhi Leonard was out with a bruised right hip against the surprising Clippers.
"It was just time for me to step up and play," Lowry said.
Raptors coach Nick Nurse’s 94-year-old mother dies
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Toronto Raptors coach Nick Nurse has rejoined his team in Los Angeles after the death of his 94-year-old mother.
Nurse says his mother, Marcella Nurse, died Monday in Iowa, where he was born in the city of Carroll.
He plans to coach Tuesday night against the Clippers and Wednesday at Golden State before returning to Iowa.
"I'm here because my mother wouldn't want it any other way," Nurse said before the game.
Toronto’s Leonard out against Clippers with right hip bruise
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Toronto's Kawhi Leonard won't play against the Los Angeles Clippers because a bruised right hip.
Raptors coach Nick Nurse announced the injury shortly before Tuesday night's game at Staples Center.
He says Leonard got hurt in a loss against Milwaukee on Sunday and the forward is listed as day-to-day.
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.
Green scores in last second to lift Raptors over Magic 93-91
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Danny Green watched helplessly from the paint while Evan Fournier dribbled past and dunked a tying basket with 2.3 seconds left.
Feeding off the confidence of first-year coach Nick Nurse, Green got redemption on the very next play.
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.