TORONTO—A new superstar, a new head coach, and a victory for the new-look Raptors to open what's been one of the most-anticipated NBA regular seasons for Toronto in a while.
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TORONTO—A dozen years ago, Nick Nurse walked into Jerry Crawford's law office and pitched his longtime friend an idea.
“He said, 'Have you heard about this 'D' League?'” Crawford recalled of that momentous meeting.
“I said 'Yes.' He said, 'I think we should do it here in Des Moines,' and I said, 'I think you're right.'”
TORONTO—The morning after the Toronto Raptors' ugly overtime loss to Cleveland on Tuesday night, Kyle Lowry was decidedly upbeat as he strode to the press conference podium with a jaunty, “What's up people?”
TORONTO—With just under nine minutes to play, and Game 5 threatening to slip away, coach Dwane Casey went with a lineup that had played less than 10 minutes together all season.
WASHINGTON—In the final eight minutes of last night's ugly loss, the Toronto Raptors' eight-point lead turned into an eight-point deficit.
And in those frustrating minutes, as the game slipped away, the Raptors saw their playoff series lead over Washington vanish—and the storyline on such a positive season for the franchise turn sour.
TORONTO—Lucas Nogueira had played about eight minutes each in 49 games during the regular season.
And when Raptors' coach Dwane Casey called his name with the game on the line Saturday night, Nogueira was sitting in his usual spot near the end of the bench, slurping on a drink.
But as always, the big Brazilian was ready to go in.
TORONTO—On a night Toronto Raptors' coach Dwane Casey gave two starters a rest, C.J. Miles and OG Anunoby filled in the void.
Miles scored 22 points in one of his best performances of the season, while Anunoby added a career-high 21 points, as the undermanned Raptors beat Orlando 112-101 yesterday in their final home game of the regular season.
TORONTO—With 11.6 seconds left, Vince Carter picked up his fifth foul and was subbed out of the game to a loud and long standing ovation.
Ending what likely was Carter's final appearance on the Air Canada Centre court, it was the highlight of an otherwise hum-drum 108-93 victory for the Toronto Raptors over the Sacramento Kings yesterday.
TORONTO—With just over a minute to play, DeMar DeRozan spotted Fred VanVleet prowling the perimeter and fed the back-up guard for a three-point shot.
VanVleet's long bomb proved to be the proverbial dagger yesterday as the Toronto Raptors beat the Washington Wizards 100-91 to avenge their lone loss at the Air Canada Centre this season.
TORONTO—DeMar Derozan says there's no better feeling than having the ball in his hands when the clock is ticking down in a close game.
DeRozan scored 10 of his 33 points in the final two-and-a-half minutes last night, lifting the Toronto Raptors to a thrilling 122-118 win over the New Orleans Pelicans.