Toronto Raptors News
4-25-16: DeMar DeRozan, who scored 21 points in Game 3’s victory at Indiana, struggled in Saturday’s Game 4 loss. The Atlantic Division’s best could not handle George Hill or Ian Mahinmi, as the Raptors fell, 100-83. The tied series next heads back to Toronto with Dwane Casey’s squad hoping to play like it did in Game 2 rather than how it did in Game 1.
4-11-16: DeMar DeRozan led all scorers at the final game at Madison Square Garden this season. He scored 27 points on Sunday to stop the Raptors’ two-game road losing streak. It was their first road victory against an Eastern Conference squad in almost a month. Toronto will play its own home regular season finale on Tuesday before heading to Brooklyn to end its regular season on Wednesday.
3-29-16: DeMar DeRozan was the Raptors’ team-high scorer on Monday, but he scored just 19 points in Toronto’s 119-100 loss at the hands of the visiting Oklahoma City Thunder. After losing just two games in the first 20 days of March, the Raptors have dropped three of their last four contests.
3-14-16: On Saturday, DeMar DeRozan registered a double-double, including a season-high 38 points, in a 112-104 overtime win against the visiting Miami Heat. He was also the game-high scorer in Thursday’s 104-96 victory, as he put up 30 points against the Atlanta Hawks. The Raptors finish their seven-game homestand on Monday against the Chicago Bulls.
2-29-16: Although the Raptors fell to the Pistons in Detroit on Sunday, Toronto is still 20 games above .500 this season. The loss ended the Raptors’ four-game winning streak. However, Friday’s victory was an impressive one in which Kyle Lowry scored a career-high 43 points. On Wednesday, the Raptors, who have won their last 10 home games, start a seven-game homestand.
2-23-16: Behind Kyle Lowry’s triple-double, the Raptors destroyed the New York Knicks, 122-95, at Madison Square Garden on Monday. Kyle Lowry had a team-high 22 points along with 11 rebounds and a game-high 11 assists. Toronto’s victory on Monday was even more impressive, as the Raptors won the previous night at home against the Memphis Grizzlies, 98-85.
2-16-16: The Raptors were hoping to get their record to 20 games over .500 on Wednesday against the Timberwolves in Minnesota. However, DeMar DeRozan’s 35 points were not enough for Toronto to get the win. Karl-Anthony Towns was too much for the Raptors to handle, as the Raptors fell to 35-17 with the 117-112 loss.
2-10-16: Although James Johnson has remained out with a sprained ankle, the Raptors have yet another winning streak going, as they won each of their last three games to put themselves closer to the top seed in the Eastern Conference. Kyle Lowry was the game-high scorer in each of the last two games. The latter of which was a blowout of the Pistons in Detroit.
2-3-16: The Raptors, who have been playing very well without DeMarre Carroll, saw James Johnson leave Monday’s 112-93 blowout loss to the Denver Nuggets due to a sprained left ankle. The loss ended Toronto’s 11-game winning streak. Johnson missed Tuesday’s game at Phoenix, but Kyle Lowry’s team-high 26 points led the Raptors to a 104-97 win against the Suns.
1-12-16: The Toronto Raptors have moved into second place in the Eastern Conference during their current three-game winning streak, surpassing the Chicago Bulls who have dropped two in a row. At 7-3 in their last 10 games at 24-15 overall, the Raptors only have one game this week against the Orlando Magic.
1-4-16: The Toronto Raptors have won four out of their past six games but are coming off a close two-point loss to the Chicago Bulls this past weekend. The Raptors will be tested this week by having four straight road games against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Brooklyn Nets, Washington Wizards and Philadelphia 76ers.
12-28-15: At 7-3 in their last 10 games, the Toronto Raptors are climbing up the Eastern Conference standings with their recent surge of strong play. Looking to build on their two-game win streak, the Raptors take on the Chicago Bulls on the road before playing three straight at home.
12-21-15: The Toronto Raptors lost three of out of their last four games after a surprising 10-point home loss to the Sacramento Kings. Now in fifth of the Eastern Conference, the Raptors host the Dallas Mavericks before back-to-back road games against the Milwaukee Bucks and Chicago Bulls.
12-11-15: Toronto continues to keep pace in the East, reaching five games above .500 and going 7-3 in their last 10 games. They look to build upon their current two-game win streak with home games against the Milwaukee Bucks and Philadelphia 76ers this weekend.
11-19-15: Not even DeMar DeRozan’s posterization of Enes Kanter could fix the Raptors current three-game losing streak. The Raptors have two games left in their current five-game road trip against the Lakers and Clippers.
11-13-15: The Raptors (6-3) have had a strong start even though they’ve been playing more on the road as opposed to home. They lead the Eastern Conference with road wins—four—but are headed on a west coast road trip after their home game against the New Orleans Pelicans tonight.
11-5-15: The Toronto Raptors are one of the two undefeated teams remaining in the NBA as the season heads into its second weekend. At 5-0, the Raptors head into their Florida weekend road trip with games against the Orlando Magic and Miami Heat.
4-27-15: The Toronto Raptors clinched home court advantage through the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs after posting a 49-33 record in the regular season. The Raptors clinched the #4 seed by winning their division and are playing host to the #5 seeded Washington Wizards after they went 46-36 this season. These two teams played three times during the regular season and Toronto won all three matchups which is not a great sign of things to come for Washington this series. Game One was played on Saturday afternoon in Toronto as each team took their first steps towards an NBA Championship. Four quarters could not decide a winner in the opening game of the NBA playoffs as these two teams had to go into overtime. The Wizards thought they had the game well in hand when they took a four point lead with them into halftime and a nine point lead with them into the final quarter but the Raptors would not go down without a fight. Toronto’s defense dug a little deeper and their offense took good shots and was able to force the extra five minute period. The Raptors may have run themselves out of the game though physically with their fourth quarter surge as the team fell apart in the fourth and ultimately fell to the Wizards by the final score of 93-86 in overtime. Washington leads the best of seven series 1-0. Tuesday night the Washington Wizards and the Toronto Raptors played the second game of their best of seven series with Toronto acting as the home team. The Washington Wizards stole home court advantage away from the Toronto Raptors when they won Game One of the series and now stole control of the series on Tuesday night back on the road in Toronto. The Wizards trailed the home team after one quarter of play but exploded in the second and third quarters combining for 71 points. Toronto was held to just 18 points in the second quarter and took an 11 point deficit with them into halftime. Despite DeMar DeRozan scoring 20 points and dishing out seven assists the Raptors fell to the Wizards for the second straight time at home to go down in the best of seven series 2-0. Get your tickets for next week as the team stays in Washington looking to come back in the series and enter the second round of the NBA playoffs.
4-3-15: The Toronto Raptors are one step closer to the Eastern Conference playoffs after another strong week last week in the NBA. With another strong week last week the team found themselves with a 42-30 record that left them with the #4 seed in the Eastern Conference Playoffs if the season ended today. If the playoffs started today the team would face off against the #5 seeded Washington Wizards in the first round. The Raptors started this week by staying at home in Toronto to play host to Carlos Boozer and the Los Angeles Lakers. During the game the Raptors defense held the Lakers offense to just 35% shooting as a team in an eventual 94-83 victory for Toronto. The leading scorer in the contest was Jonas Valanciunas who had 19 points for Toronto while Louis Williams added 18 points in the victory for the Raptors. Meanwhile the Lakers scoring attack was led by Jeremy Lin who had 18 points on the night while Jordan Clarkson added 14 points but it was not enough in the loss for Los Angeles. For the Raptors next contest the team made the trip back home to Toronto to play host to James Harden and the Houston Rockets. During the game the Raptors and the Rockets went bucket for bucket and shot for shot as the two teams went back and forth during the contest. The game came down to who would have the basketball last and that team was the Toronto Raptors who, led by 42 points from DeMar DeRozan, were able to take out the Rockets by the final score of 99-96. The Rockets and James Harden did their best to stick around behind Harden’s 31 points but it was not enough in the loss for Houston. For the Raptors next contest the team made the trip out to Minnesota to face off with Andrew Wiggins and the Minnesota Timberwolves. During the game both teams ditched defense and went all offense in the first quarter but while Minnesota took their foot off the gas for the rest of the game the Raptors kept going at it full speed in an eventual 113-99 victory over the Timberwolves. The leading scorer in the contest was Andrew Wiggins who had 25 points and five assists for Minnesota while Zach LaVine added seven rebounds in the loss for the Timberwolves. Meanwhile the scoring attack for the Raptors was led by Louis Williams who had 18 points while Tyler Hansbrough added 11 rebounds in the victory for Toronto. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 45-30. Get your tickets for next week as the team travels to Brooklyn to face off with the Brooklyn Nets before returning home to play host to the Boston Celtics. The team will then set out to Charlotte to finish their week off by facing off against the Charlotte Hornets.
3-24-15: The Toronto Raptors have their eyes on a playoff spot after another strong week last week. With that strong week and a strong second half the Raptors are racing towards the playoffs with a 38-26 record. The Raptors started this week by staying at home in Toronto to play host to Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat. During the contest the Heat were held to just 63 points and were unable to complete a fourth quarter comeback in a 102-92 loss to the Raptors. The leading scorer for the contest was Dwyane Wade who had 25 points for Miami while Goran Dragic added 18 points but it was not enough in the loss for the Heat. Meanwhile the scoring attack for the Raptors was led by 19 points from Kyle Lowry while DeMar DeRozan added 18 points in the victory for Toronto. For the Raptors next contest the team stayed home in Toronto to play host to Kevin Garnett and the Minnesota Timberwolves. During the game Portland and Toronto looked to be in the midst of a shootout after the first quarter but the Trail Blazers kept a hot hand while Toronto’s offense struggled for the remainder of the game in an eventual 113-97 loss. The leading scorer in the contest was LaMarcus Aldridge who had 24 points and 10 rebounds while Batum dished out 12 assists in the victory for Portland. Meanwhile the scoring attack for the Raptors was led by DeMar DeRozan who had 22 points while Jonas Valancuinas had nine rebounds but it was not enough in the loss for Toronto. The Raptors were back out on the court the very next night in Indiana when the team faced off with George Hill and the Indiana Pacers. During the game the Raptors enjoyed a triple double from Kyle Lowry and a big night from Louis Williams in a 117-98 victory over the Pacers. Williams had 24 points for Toronto while Lowry’s 20 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists propelled the Raptors to victory. Meanwhile the scoring attack for the Pacers was led by 23 points and four assists from George Hill while David West pulled down nine rebounds in the loss for Indiana. For the Raptors next contest the team made the trip back home to Toronto to play host to Andrew Wiggins and the Minnesota Timberwolves. During the game the Wolves and the Raptors traded buckets for much of the first half before Toronto took over in the third quarter in an eventual 105-100 victory. The leading scorer in the contest was Kevin Martin who had 37 points for Minnesota but had little scoring help from his supporting cast in the loss for the Timberwolves. Meanwhile the scoring attack for the Raptors was led by DeMar DeRozan who had 21 points while Jonas Valanciunas had 15 rebounds in the victory for Toronto. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 41-27. Get your tickets for next week as the team travels to Chicago to face off with the Bulls before returning home to Toronto to play host to the New York Knicks. The team then traveled to Detroit to face off with the Detroit Pistons before finishing their week off back at home playing host to the Chicago Bulls.
3-3-15: The Toronto Raptors come into the week fresh and rested up after the NBA All Star Week with one of the best records in the NBA this season sporting a 36-17 record. The Raptors started this week by traveling to Atlanta to take on the Eastern Conference’s best team in the Atlanta Hawks. During the contest the Hawks came out flat scoring just 80 points in the contest while the Raptors shot 45% from the field as a team in a 105-80 victory over Atlanta. Louis Williams led all scorers in the contest for Toronto with 26 points while DeMar DeRozan added 21 points in the victory for the Raptors. Meanwhile the Hawks managed just 33% shooting from the field while being led by Paul Millsap, Kyle Korver and Jeff Teague scoring 11 points each but it was not enough in the loss for Atlanta. The Raptors looked to keep their winning streak alive the very next night when the team made the trip out to Houston to face off with the Houston Rockets. During the contest the Raptors were held to just 76 points on the night while shooting just 33% from the field as a team in a 98-76 loss to the Rockets. Toronto’s leading scorer was James Johnson who had 27 points but DeMar DeRozan managed just 10 points in the loss for the Raptors. Meanwhile the Rockets scoring attack was led by 26 points from Corey brewer while James Harden added 20 points in the victory for Houston. For the Raptors next contest the team made the trip out to New Orleans to take on a less than 100% Anthony Davis and the New Orleans Pelicans. During the contest New Orleans shot 52% from the field as a team while holding the Raptors to just 42% shooting in a 100-97 victory for the Pelicans. The New Orleans scoring attack was led by Luke Babbitt who had 18 points while Alexis Ajinca added16 points in the victory for the Pelicans. Meanwhile the Raptors offense was run through Kyle Lowry for much of the night as he had 22 points while DeMar DeRozan added 14 points but it was not enough in the narrow loss for Toronto. The Raptors hoped for better results in their next contest when the team made the trip out to Dallas to take on the Dallas Mavericks. During the game Toronto took a lead into the fourth quarter before the team’s offense fell apart in the final minutes. The Raptors scored just 15 points in the fourth quarter and ultimately fell to Dallas by the final score of 99-92. DeMar DeRozan led the way for Toronto with 18 points while Valanciunas grabbed nine rebounds but it was not enough in the loss for the Raptors. Meanwhile the Mavericks comeback attempt was led by 20 points from Monta Ellis while Aminu grabbed 12 rebounds as Dallas won the game. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 37-20. Get your tickets for next week as the team stays home to play host to the Golden State Warriors before the team plays a pair of road games facing off against the New York Knicks and the Philadelphia 76ers. The team will then finish their week off back at home in Toronto playing host to the Cleveland Cavaliers.
2-20-15: The Toronto Raptors had another great week last week and head into NBA All Star Weekend posting one of the best records in the NBA this season with a 36-17 record. The Raptors started this week by
watching Kyle Lowry participated in the Taco Bell Skills Competition on NBA All Star Saturday Night.
Lowry advanced to the second round with a strong performance over Dennis Schroder where he faced
off with the Milwaukee Bucks guard Brandon Knight. In the second round Lowry fell behind Knight early
and the Bucks guard played almost flawlessly to knock Lowry out of the competition. The next night NBA
All Star Weekend culminated with the playing of the 2014/2015 NBA All Star Game. The All Star Game
pit the best of the Eastern Conference against the best of the Western Conference in a contest that
defense was thrown out the window in lieu of loads of offense. These two teams did not disappoint in
the offensive department as these two teams combined for 321 points total on the night inside Madison
Square Garden. Leading the way for the Western Conference was Russell Westbrook who had 41 points
winning the MVP Award while James Harden added another 29 points for the West. In the East the
hometown hero Carmelo Anthony had 14 points in front of his home crowd while LeBron James led the
way with 30 points. It was not enough for Carmelo and LeBron in the contest as the Western Conference
once again showed its dominance in a 163-158 victory over the Eastern Conference in the 2015 NBA All
Star Game. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 36-17. Get
your tickets for next week as the team spends the week out on the road facing off against the Atlanta
Hawks, the Houston Rockets, the New Orleans Pelicans and the Dallas Mavericks.
2-9-15: The Toronto Raptors came into the week after another strong week that left the team atop the Eastern
Conference with a 31-15 record. The Raptors started this week by making the trip to Brooklyn to take on
Brook Lopez and the Toronto Raptors. During the contest four quarters could not decide a winner
between these two and an overtime period was needed. DeMar DeRozan led the attack for Toronto
scoring 26 points while Louis Williams added 25 points and Amir Johnson added 24 points in an eventual
127-22 victory in overtime for the Raptors. The Nets did what they could behind 35 points each from
Brook Lopez and Jarrett Jack but it was not enough in the overtime loss for Brooklyn. The Raptors were
back out on the court the very next night when the team was in Washington taking on John Wall and the
Washington Wizards. During the contest the Raptors won their second overtime game in as many nights
behind a near triple-double from DeMar DeRozan. DeRozan scored 15 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and
dished out 7 assists while Kyle Lowry led Toronto in scoring with 23 points leading the Raptors to victory.
The Wizards offensive attack was led by 28 points from John Wall while Bradley Beal added 26 points
but it was not enough in the loss for Washington. For the Raptors next contest the team stayed at home
in Toronto to play host to the Milwaukee Bucks. During the contest the Bucks were able to take down
the Raptors despite scoring just nine points in the fourth quarter as a team. Toronto scored 14 points in the first quarter, 19 points in the third and just 15 points in the fourth quarter in an 82-75 loss to Milwaukee. DeMar DeRozan led Toronto in scoring with 16 points but it was not enough to overcome Middleton’s 25 points for Milwaukee in the win for the Bucks. For the Raptors next contest the team stayed at home in Toronto to play host to Brook Lopez and the Brooklyn Nets. During the game the Nets defense stole the show allowing just 42 points in the second half to Toronto in a 109-93 victory. The Raptors were led by Ross who had 23 points scoring while Valanciunas grabbed 10 rebounds but it was not enough in the loss for Toronto. Meanwhile Jarrett Jack did the bulk of the scoring for Brooklyn when he dropped 24 points on the Raptors in the easy victory for the Nets. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 33-17. Get your tickets for next week as the team spends the week at home in Toronto playing host to the Los Angeles Clippers, the San Antonio Spurs and the Washington Wizards.
1-29-15: The Toronto Raptors came into the new week after another strong week that left the team with a 26-12 record, one of the best records in all of the Eastern Conference. The Raptors started this week by staying home in Toronto to play host to the NBA’s best record holding Atlanta Hawks with DeMar DeRozan back in the lineup. During the contest the Raptors had DeMar DeRozan back and it didn’t matter as the Hawks went on to thump Toronto. Atlanta’s attack was led by 22 points from Al Horford as the Hawks went on to easily beat the Raptors by the final score of 110-89. The Raptors countered with 25 points from DeRozan but it was not nearly enough in the loss to the Eastern Conference’s best team. The Raptors stayed home in Toronto for their next contest when the team played host to the New Orleans Pelicans. During the contest the Raptors came out of the gates sluggish scoring just 14 points in the first quarter and were never able to make up the difference. Toronto did make up a big chunk of that with a 35 point third quarter but despite DeMar DeRozan’s 22 point effort it was not enough as the Raptors fell to the
Pelicans by the final score of 95-93. In the victory Tyreke Evans had 26 points for New Orleans leading his team to 31 points in the fourth to ice the come from behind win. For the Raptors next contest the team packed their bags and set out on the road to Milwaukee where they faced off with the Milwaukee Bucks. During the contest the Raptors were able to snap their mini losing streak against the Bucks fresh off their trip to London with a 92-89 victory. During the contest Lowry led the way for Toronto with 18 points while Valanciunas grabbed 13 rebounds in the victory for the Raptors. Milwaukee showed obvious signs of jetlag in the contest and came out flat despite Brandon Knight’s 20 point effort in the loss for the Bucks. For the Raptors next contest the team traveled to Memphis to take on Mike Conley, Marc Gasol and the rest of the Memphis Grizzlies. During the contest the Raptors were unable to make up a sluggish first three quarters of shooting in a loss to the Grizzlies. Neither team shot especially well in the first 36 minutes of the contest but the fourth quarter became a shootout that Memphis would eventually win by the final score of 92-86. Marc Gasol led that fourth quarter push with 26 points and 5 assists while Zach Randolph continued to dominate in the rebounding department this season with 13 rebounds. Williams led Toronto in scoring with 21 points but it was not enough to stop the Grizzlies scoring attack in the loss for the Raptors. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 27-15. Get your tickets for next week as the team travels to Philadelphia to take on the Philadelphia 76ers before returning home to Toronto to play host to the Detroit Pistons. The team will then travel to Indiana to take on the Indiana Pacers before finishing their week off at home playing host to the Sacramento Kings.
1-12-15: The Toronto Raptors came into the week with one of the best records in all of the Eastern Conference after posting a 24-8 record. The Raptors started this week by traveling to Golden State to take on the NBA’s best team in the Golden State Warriors. During the game the Warriors sent a message blowing out the best team in the Eastern Conference by the final score of 126-105. Golden State’s attack was led by 32 points from Stephen Curry while Draymond Green posted a triple-double with 16 points, 11 rebounds and 13 assists. Greivis Vasquez led Toronto with 25 points while Kyle Lowry scored 22 points but it wasn’t enough in the loss to the Warriors. Toronto hoped for better results in their next contest when the team traveled to Phoenix to take on the Phoenix Suns. During the contest the Phoenix Suns set out to simply outscore the Raptors and outscore them they did as the team never scored less than 27 points in a single quarter. The Suns scoring outburst was capped off with 43 points in the second quarter alone in an easy 125-109 victory over Toronto. The Raptors attack was led by 21 points and 10 rebounds from Valanciunas but it was not nearly enough in the loss to Phoenix. Toronto finished their week off by staying at home to play host to the Charlotte Hornets in an Eastern Conference home game. During the contest Michael Jordan’s Hornets jumped all over the Raptors with a big 31 point first quarter that the team was reluctant to relinquish. Charlotte finished the game shooting48% from the field while holding Toronto to just 40% shooting in a 103-95 victory over the Raptors. Lowry led the way for Toronto with 24 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists but it was not enough to overcome Gerald Henderson’s game high 31 point effort for Charlotte in the victory. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 24-11. Get your tickets for next week as the team stays home in Toronto all week to play host to the Boston Celtics, Detroit Pistons and the Philadelphia 76ers.
1-2-15: The Toronto Raptors have one of the best records in the Eastern Conference this season after posting a 22-7 record to start the 2014/2015 season. The Raptors started this week by making a trip to Staples Center to take on Blake Griffin, Chris Paul and the Los Angeles Clippers. During the contest both teams boasted a high powered offense that neither team’s defense could really stop. The Clippers attack was led by 23 points from J.J. Redick and suffered from an off night by guard Chris Paul. Paul managed just 10 points on 3-12 shooting while Kyle Lowry led the way for the Raptors with 25 points. Toronto used a strong 61 point second half to take down the Clippers late by the score of 110-98. Toronto looked to keep their winning streak alive in their next contest when the team traveled to Denver to take on the Denver Nuggets. During the contest the Raptors put the game away early with a couple big quarters in the first half and a dagger of a quarter in the fourth. Denver managed shooting 43% from the field as a team led by 28 points from Ty Lawson but the Nuggets managed just 15 points in the final 12 minutes of the contest. The Raptors took advantage of the Nuggets cold hand in the fourth en route to a 116-102 victory for Toronto. The Raptors looked to keep the best record in the Eastern Conference during their next contest when the team traveled to Portland to take on the Portland Trail Blazers. During the contest the Raptors had a surprising and rare off night shooting the basketball en route to a 102-97 loss to Portland. Toronto shot 40% from the field as a team but managed just 4-22 from beyond the arc which ultimately decided their fate in this game. Portland managed to knock down 12 three point shots in the contest led by Damian Lillard’s 26 points and four three pointers to lead all scorers. Toronto countered with 25 points from Kyle Lowry but it was not enough in the loss to the Trail Blazers. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 24-8. Get your tickets for next week as the team sets out on the road to face off with the Golden State Warriors and the Phoenix Suns before returning home to Toronto to play host to the Charlotte Hornets.
12-22-14: The Toronto Raptors have started the 2014/2015 campaign with one of the best records in the Eastern Conference posting a very impressive 16-6 record. The Raptors started this week by traveling back to Toronto to host the Indiana Pacers at home. During the contest the Raptors dominated the boards early collecting 13 more rebounds than Indiana leading to 11 more shooting opportunities. Louis Williams and the Raptors took full advantage of this in what was a close game played by both teams. Soloman Hill’s 16 points were not enough as Indiana fell to the Raptors by the final score of 106-94. The Raptors looked to keep up their winning ways in their next contest when the team traveled to Madison Square Garden to take on the New York Knicks. During the contest the Raptors held an anemic Knicks offense to just 37% shooting from the field despite Carmelo Anthony’s best game in more than three weeks. Anthony scored 34 points and grabbed nine rebounds but once again it was not enough to fend off 22 points from Terrence Ross. Once again the Knicks stars were good but the opposing teams supporting cast was better in a 95-90 victory for Toronto. The very next night the Raptors were at it again back at home in Toronto this time playing host to the Orlando Magic. During the contest the Raptors used their superiority shooting from beyond the arc and from the free throw line to their advantage over the Magic. Orlando shot just 27% from three point land while knocking down just six free throws while the Raptors nailed down 37% from their three point shots while knocking down 10 free throws in a 95-82 victory. Toronto’s leading scorer in the contest Louis Williams who scored 18 points in the victory while Orlando’s Tobias Harris scored 18 as well in the loss for the Magic. The Raptors looked to keep their winning ways going in their next contest when the team stayed home in Toronto to play host to the Brooklyn Nets. During the contest the Raptors shot over 50% and played tough defense against the Nets holding Brooklyn to just 43% shooting from the field. Only one Raptors player eclipsed 20 points in the contest but six players scored in double figures in a big team output from the court. Brooklyn only had four players that scored in double figures led by Mason Plumlee’s 23 points but it was not enough in a 105-89 victory for the Raptors. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 20-6.
12-15-14: The Toronto Raptors have started the 2014/2015 season with one of the best records in all of the Eastern Conference posting a very impressive 15-4 record to start the campaign. The Raptors started this week by traveling back home to Toronto to play host to LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. During the contest Cleveland set the tone early with a big 30 point first quarter which immediately put the pressure on the Raptors offense. That would be a tough task for Toronto after learning that the team would be without start player DeMar DeRozan but Amir Johnson was up to the task. Johnson finished with 27 points leading all scorers in the contest but it was 24 points from LeBron James and 21 points from Tristan Thompson that led to a 105-91 victory over the Raptors. Toronto looked to rebound in their next contest when the team traveled home to play host to the Denver Nuggets. During the contest the Nuggets played an undisciplined game which led to 29 opportunities from the free throw line for the Raptors. Despite a strong first half from the Raptors Arron Afflalo and his 25 point performance were able to force overtime in the contest. In the overtime Toronto took over doubling-up the Nuggets en route to a 112-107 victory behind 26 points from Louis Williams. The Raptors were at it again the very next night when the team traveled to Cleveland to take on the Cleveland Cavaliers and LeBron James. During the contest the Raptors made 100% of their free throws and outshot the Cavaliers shooting 51% for the game and it still came down to the fourth quarter. James led the way for the Cavs with 35 points while erasing a seven point deficit in the fourth quarter. Terrence Ross scored 18 points to lead Toronto but the team as a whole only mustered 13 points in the fourth quarter in a 105-101 loss to Cleveland. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 16-6. Next week, the team travels back home to host the Indiana Pacers before setting out on the road to face off with the New York Knicks. The Raptors will then finish their week back off at home playing host to the Orlando Magic and the Brooklyn Nets.
12-5-14: The Toronto Raptors have been one of the better teams in the Eastern Conference in the first five weeks of the 2014/2015 campaign as the team has started the season posting an impressive 13-2 record. The Raptors started this week by traveling back home after Thanksgiving to play host to the Western Conference’s own Dallas Mavericks. During the contest the Toronto Raptors lost their best scoring threat in DeMar Derozan in the third quarter to a groin strain but the team did not lose their heart in the fourth quarter. The Raptors attempted a comeback in the final quarter going on a 13-2 run to cut the Mavericks lead to three with just 0:33 left in the contest. Dallas was fouled two separate times in the final 30 seconds of the game and knocked down all four of their free throw attempts to ice the Raptors and win the game by the score of 106-102. The Raptors looked to be on the winning side of things in their next contest when the team traveled to Staples Center to take on the Los Angeles Lakers. Kobe Bryant was within striking distance entering the contest of becoming the first player in NBA history score at least 30,000 points and have 6,000 assists in a career and he did not disappoint. Kobe led all scorers with 31 points while collecting 11 rebounds and dishing 12 assists for the triple-double and the milestone. Toronto attacked Los Angeles with more of a team effort and with a late push forced an overtime period in the contest. The Lakers took over in the overtime period scoring 20 points while holding the high powered Toronto offense to just 13 points as the Raptors fell by the score of 129-122. The Raptors hoped for better results in their next contest when the team traveled to Sacramento to take on the Sacramento Kings on the road. During the contest the Raptors took full advantage of their free throw attempts knocking down 19-21 attempts from the charity stripe. The Kings also took full advantage of the free throw line and 29 Raptors fouls in the contest as the team was able to knock down 28-37 from the charity stripe to keep things close for Sacramento. The difference in the contest came down to the three point shooting from both teams as the Raptors and Terrence Ross knocked down 10 three point shots while the Kings managed to make just three of their own in a 117-109 loss to Toronto. The Raptors finished their week off on the road when the team traveled to Utah to take on the Utah Jazz. During the contest Toronto absolutely went off as the team finished with a staggering 57% shooting from the field and 88% from the free throw line. Toronto especially separated themselves from Utah from beyond the arc in the game as the Raptors, led by 39 points from Kyle Lowry, knocked down 12 shots from beyond the arc in the contest. Utah had six players that scored in double figures in the contest but it was not enough as the Jazz fell to the Raptors by the score of 123-104. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 15-4.
11-28-14: The Toronto Raptors had one of the strongest starts to the 2014/2014 season as the team started the
new campaign with a 9-2 record. The Raptors started this week by traveling back home to Toronto to
take on the Milwaukee Bucks. In the contest Louis Williams led the Raptors and all scorers in 22 points
while Kyle Lowry added 20 points while the Raptors went on to rout the Bucks by the score of 124-82.
The Bucks were led by 15 points from Jabari Parker but it was not enough in the loss for Milwaukee. The
very next night the Raptors were back at it again in Cleveland taking on LeBron James and the Cleveland
Cavaliers. In the contest LeBron James was held to just 15 points and 10 assists while Kevin Love and
Kyrie Irving combined for 44 points on the night. The Raptors were too much to defend as a team on the
night though as Louis Williams went off scoring 36 points in a 110-93 victory for Toronto. The deciding
factor in the contest ending up being the free throw line as the Raptors knocked down 38 free throws to
Cleveland’s 20 shots made from the charity stripe. The Raptors looked to keep their winning ways going
in their next contest when the team hosted the Phoenix Suns at home in Toronto. The Raptors had two
players to eclipse the 20 points mark while three others scored in double digits at Toronto shot 45%
from the field as a team. Phoenix on the other hand had just one player score more than 20 points in the
contest and had just four others that scored in double figures. The difference in the game came on the
free throw line as Toronto knocked down 26 of their 32 attempts from the charity stripe while Phoenix
knocked down just 8-11 of their free throws. With the Raptors dominance on the line the team beat the
Suns by the score of 104-100. Toronto finished their week off in Atlanta as the Raptors took on the
Hawks in a road game. Toronto was led by DeMar DeRozan who led all scorers with 27 points while
Louis Williams added 22 points in the contest for the Raptors. Toronto also enjoyed 21 points Greivis
Vasquez as the Raptors went on to beat the Hawks by the score of 126-115. Atlanta’s Jeff Teague did all
he could by scoring 24 points in the contest while Al Horford scored 23 points but it was not enough in
the loss to Toronto. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of
11-21-14: The Toronto Raptors have had one of the best starts to the 2014/2015 NBA season as the team has
started the year off with an impressive 7-2 record. The Raptors started this week by traveling back home
to Toronto to host the Utah Jazz in their first game of the week. DeMar DeRozan scored 27 points for
Toronto as a part of five Raptors scorers that had double digits on the night. The Jazz had a great first
half but the team fizzled out in the second half as the team fell to Toronto by the score of 111-93. Enes
Kanter and Derrick Favors each scored 18 points each for the Jazz in the loss to the Raptors. Toronto
only played two games this week and in their second, and final, game of the week the team traveled
home to host the red hot Memphis Grizzlies. Memphis had control of this contest for much of the game
as the Grizzlies took a six point lead with them into the fourth quarter before the Raptors offense came
to life. Toronto scored 27 times in the final quarter led by DeMar DeRozan’s 21 points while the Raptors
held the Grizzlies to just 17 points in the final quarter. The Raptors went on to win the game by the final
score of 96-92. Marc Gasol’s 22 points and 12 rebounds was not enough in the loss for the Grizzlies.
When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 9-2. Next week, the team travels home to host the Milwaukee Bucks before heading out on the
road to play the Cleveland Cavaliers in Cleveland. Toronto will then head back to our neighbors from the
north to host the Phoenix Suns before finishing the week in Atlanta playing the Atlanta Hawks on the
11-14-14: The Toronto Raptors pushed their record to 4-1 last week with a string of strong performances on the court. The Raptors started this week by traveling to Washington to take on the Washington Wizards on the road. In the game the Toronto defense held Washington to just 36% shooting from the field and 16% shooting from beyond the arc in a well-played game for the Raptors. If it were not for 32 trips to the free throw line for the Wizards this game may have gotten out of hand for Washington as Toronto went on to win the game by the score of 103-84. Toronto’s offensive attack was led by 25 points from DeMar DeRozan and 18 points from Terrence Ross in the Raptors victory. Toronto left their game with Washington and immediately headed to the winless Philadelphia 76ers in a road game. In the contest the Raptors ran away with the game early and often as Toronto blew out the 76ers by the score of 120-88. Kyle Lowry had a triple double for the Raptors with 13 points, 11 rebounds, and 10 assists in the blowout victory for Toronto. Toronto returned home for their next game looking to remain hot as they took on the Orlando Magic in their next contest. In the game six Raptors players scored in double figures including their leading scorer Kyle Lowry scoring 19 points while snagging six rebounds and dishing seven assists in the contest. The Magic countered with offensive outbursts from Evan Fournier who scored 24 points and Tobias Harris who scored 23 points but it wasn’t enough as the Raptors took down the Magic by the score of 104-100. Toronto finished their week off by hosting the red hot Chicago Bulls at home. In the game Pau Gasol had an offensive explosion for Chicago leading all scorers with 27 points and by grabbing 11 rebounds. Meanwhile Jimmy Butler and Derrick Rose added 21 points and 20 points respectively in a Bulls victory over the Raptors. The scoring attack for the Raptors was led by 20 points from Kyle Lowry but it was not enough in the 100-93 loss to Chicago. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 7-2.
11-7-14: The Toronto Raptors started their 2014/2015 season off last week by beating the Atlanta Hawks at home to improve their record to 1-0. With the 2014/2015 season entering its first full week the Raptors traveled to Orlando to take on the Magic to start the week. DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry led the way for the Raptors as Toronto handedly beat the Magic by the score of 108-95. Toronto then traveled to Miami to take on Dwayne Wade, Chris Bosh, and the Heat on the road in a shootout. Chris Bosh led the Heat with 21 points and 11 rebounds while 30 points from DeRozan was not enough in a 107-102 loss for the Raptors, their first of the season. Toronto looked to rebound in their next game as they traveled to Oklahoma City to take on the Thunder. Serge Ibaka led the Thunder in the contest with 25 points as six New Orleans players scored in double figures in the game. The problem for New Orleans is the team was still only able to muster 88 points in the contest. Toronto was led by 16 points from DeMar DeRozan and the Raptors went on to easily win the game by the score of 100-88. Toronto finished their week by traveling to Boston to take on the Celtics on the road. Kyle Lowry broke out for the Raptors in a big way in this contest scoring 35 points while DeMar DeRozan chipped in 23 points in a 110-107 Raptors victory. Boston was led by Jeff Green’s 20 points but the team committed seven more fouls than Toronto did which led to the Celtics third loss. When the week was all said and done the team had an overall record of 4-1 to start their 2014/2015 campaign.
10-31-14: The Toronto Raptors tipped off the 2014-2015 season by facing off with the Atlanta Hawks at home after an impressive 7-1 record in the preseason. Toronto easily had the best record in the NBA in preseason and in the Atlantic division and hopes that translates into regular season victories. The Raptors had a few tough decisions when finalizing their roster from this preseason and ultimately waived Will Cherry and Jordan Hamilton to drop their roster at the league maximum 15 players. Hamilton was almost immediately snatched up by the Utah Jazz and Toronto is officially off the hook for his $25K in salary. With their roster set at 15 the Raptors tipped off the season with a win over the Atlanta Hawks by the score of 109-102. Seven Raptors players scored in double figures in the contest including all five starters led by Jonas Valanciunas’ 17 points. Next week, the team plays four games including three on the road against the Orlando Magic, the Miami Heat, and the Boston Celtics. Toronto will also host the Oklahoma City Thunder at home next week as well.
10-29-14: The Raptors won 48 games last year and cemented a first place finish in the Atlantic Division. The team’s success has bled into the secondary market as well, with season average for tickets on the secondary nearly doubling in price since last season. The average secondary price for Raptors tickets at home this season is $214.90, marking a 98.9% boost from last season’s average of $108.03. A March 4 game against the Cavaliers will be the most expensive home game on the Raptors schedule this season, with an average price currently listed at $276.11 and a get-in price of $75.
10-24-14: The Toronto Raptors have had an impressive preseason after going 6-1 in seven games. The team is coming off a 48-34 season that saw them fall to the Brooklyn Nets in the Eastern Conference First Round. Led by young guns Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan, the Raptors will again rely on their youth to project them into the playoffs within an increasingly competitive Eastern Conference.
10-15-14: The Toronto Raptors have played four of their eight scheduled preseason games so far, winning three of those contests, splitting their first two preseason games with the Sacramento Kings and coming off wins over the Boston Celtics on Oct 10 and a 81-76 win over the New York Knicks in their last outing on Oct 13. Next on the Toronto Raptors preseason schedule is another meeting with the Boston Celtics this time at the Cross Insurance Arena tonight. Toronto open their regular season on Oct 29 at home where they will welcome the Atlanta Hawks.
10-8-14: The Toronto Raptors split their first two preseason games against the Sacramento Kings and will now get set to play against the Boston Celtics this Friday at the Air Canada Centre. They will then travel to New York to play the Knicks at Madison Square Garden on October 13, followed by preseason matchups with the Celtics, Thunder, Maccabi Haifa, and conclude their preseason schedule against the Knicks on October 24. After surprising the basketball world last season with their play, the Raptors seem to be a team on the rise and anything less than a second consecutive playoff appearance will be considered a disappointment.
9-22-14: The Toronto Raptors look to repeat as Atlantic division champions. Unless Brooklyn or New York surprise most experts they look to have a clear path to do just that. Masai Ujiri made smart moves by not only resigning Kyle Lowry but by resigning Greivis Vasquez and Patrick Patterson who he acquired from the Sacramento Kings last season. Toronto has one of the deepest benches of the league and will look to secure home court in the playoffs next year.
8-13-14: The Toronto Raptors were just one possession away from reaching the second round losing in seven games to the Brooklyn Nets. However, despite the disappointment the team was good enough to win 48 games this past season in what was good season for the organization. Heading into this offseason, Toronto general manager had to focus on players on his roster with expiring contracts. He resigned their star player Kyle Lowry to a multiyear deal, gave head coach Dwyane Casey a new deal, and resigned restricted free agents Patrick Peterson and Grevis Vasquez while adding free agent James Johnson for two years that could keep this franchise going further.
Toronto Raptors 2014 Draft Overview
Round 1, Pick 20, Bruno Caboclo, SF, Brazil
Round 2, Pick 37, DeAndre Daniels, SF, UConn
5-12-14: The Raptors had an unfortunate end to their 2013-14 season. However, Toronto fans should be optimistic. Young teams do not typically go far in the NBA playoffs, so the playoff experience the Raptors received this past postseason was very important for their development. They pushed a veteran Brooklyn Nets team to seven games and were one shot away from moving to the second round. Soon after the series ended, the Raptors agreed to a three-year contract extension with coach Dwane Casey. He just finished his third season with Toronto and has improved the team’s win total every year he has coached the Raptors.
5-5-14: With their second straight victory, the Raptors took a 3-2 lead on Wednesday. Toronto dropped Game 1 at home and Game 3 on the road, but was able to avenge those losses in Games 4 and 5. On Sunday in Brooklyn, DeMar DeRozan led all scorers with 24 points as the Raptors defeated the Nets, 87-79. Greivis Vasquez also chipped in nine assists in that contest as the Raptors won their first road playoff game since 2001. Then on Wednesday, the two teams played their highest-scoring game of the series, and Toronto finished on top. Kyle Lowry scored a game-high 36 points and helped fight off a furious Nets’ comeback attempt.
4-28-14: The Raptors split the first two contests of their series with the Brooklyn Nets. In Game 1, Jonas Valanciunas set a new franchise postseason record with a game-high 18 boards, but the Raptors could not get the victory. The Nets defeated the Raptors, 94-87, behind 24 points each from Joe Johnson and Deron Williams. Toronto bounced back in Game 2 behind a game-high 30 points from DeMar DeRozan. He scored 17 of those points in the fourth quarter. Valanciunas grabbed 14 more rebounds on Tuesday. With double-doubles in each of the two playoff games against the Nets, the Lithuanian big man is averaging 16 points and 16 rebounds per contest.
4-21-14: The Raptors were one of the league’s best teams in April. DeMar DeRozan, Jonas Valanciunas and Greivis Vasquez led the team to a 6-2 regular-season record in the month, which was their fifth-straight month above .500. DeRozan, who led the team in scoring this season, put up game-highs in points on both April 2 and April 13. Valanciunas, the 2013-14 Raptors’ leader in double-doubles, averaged a double-double in April. Vasquez, who led the NBA in 3-point shooting in April, totaled the most assists of any Raptor in the month as well. Kyle Lowry should be healthy for the playoffs, so he can set up Vasquez for his shot.
4-16-14: Raptors playoff tickets currently average $400 on the secondary market, which is 1st in the east and 1st overall. The regular season average was $108, meaning there is a 270% playoff premium. The Raptors are currently in the 3rd seed and are set to face the 6th seeded Wizards in the opening round.
4-7-14: The Raptors had a 3-1 week to help keep their lead in the Atlantic Division. Friday was an important night for this year’s squad. By sweeping the home-and-home set with the Boston Celtics, Toronto clinched its first playoff berth since 2008. Behind DeMar DeRozan’s game-high 30 points, the Raptors won, 105-103, to move to 10 games above .500. They then split their back-to-back set in Florida with the Orlando Magic and Miami Heat. Afterwards, DeRozan led the Raptors to another big victory. Even without Kyle Lowry, they beat the Houston Rockets on Wednesday as DeRozan led all scorers with 29 points at the Air Canada Centre that night.
4-1-14: The Raptors split their four games this past week as they ready themselves for the 2014 playoffs. They hosted the Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday and forced overtime, but fell just short. Kevin Durant’s 51 points were too much for Toronto as the Thunder won, 119-118. Kyle Lowry helped the Raptors bounce back on Sunday against the Atlanta Hawks. His game-high 25 points led Toronto to the double-digit win. Then, the Raptors split a road back-to-back set to finish the week. On Tuesday, they made a valiant comeback, but lost by two points to the Cleveland Cavaliers. On Wednesday, the Raptors beat the Boston Celtics, 99-90.
3-24-14: The Raptors find themselves in a very close Eastern Conference playoff race. They had a difficult schedule this past week and finished with a 2-2 record. On Friday, Jonas Valanciunas put up game-highs in points and rebounds as he led Toronto to the 99-86 victory over the visiting Memphis Grizzlies. Then, the Raptors finished their three-game homestand with a eight-point loss to the Phoenix Suns. Dwane Casey’s squad traveled to Atlanta for a quick road trip. They dropped the first contest in overtime, but beat the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday behind a game-high 31 points from DeMar DeRozan.
3-17-14: The Raptors continue to keep their lead in the Atlantic Division because of weeks like these. On Friday, Terrence Ross made six 3-pointers against the Sacramento Kings to help Toronto match its win total from last year. The Raptors then split their back-to-back set in Minnesota and Brooklyn. On Sunday, Dwane Casey’s squad faced the Timberwolves and Kyle Lowry’s fourth career triple-double led Toronto to the 111-104 victory over Minnesota. Lowry kept it going on Monday with game-highs in points, rebounds and assists, but it was not enough as the Raptors fell by four points to the Nets. However, Toronto bounced back with a 101-87 win on Wednesday against the Detroit Pistons.
3-10-14: They played just one game this past week, and it was a good one. The Raptors hosted the Golden State Warriors on Sunday and won by six points. It was first time that Toronto beat a Stephen Curry-led Golden State team. Although Curry scored a game-high 34 points, the Raptors still held the Warriors to fewer than 100 points for the game. DeMar DeRozan’s 32 points led the way for Toronto in that contest. The Raptors will be flying around the United States for the bulk of March before a home-heavy April schedule. This month is very important for their attempt to remain the top dog in the Atlantic Division.
3-3-14: With the Raptors all but guaranteed a playoff spot in the weak Eastern Conference, tickets for the opening round of the playoffs have already hit the secondary market. Average ticket price for the four possible games at the Air Canada Centre is currently $224. The Raptors most expensive remaining regular season game is March 21st vs the Oklahoma City Thunder.
3-2-14: The Raptors were one Kyle Lowry last-second shot away from having a perfect week. On Thursday, although Greivis Vasquez scored a season-high 26 points, Toronto was unable to take down the Washington Wizards in triple-overtime. However, the Raptors defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers twice and the Orlando Magic once. On Tuesday in Cleveland, DeMar DeRozan scored a game-high 33 points in the Toronto’s 99-93 victory. Dwane Casey’s squad has now won six of its last seven games. The third-place Raptors stand at 32-26 in the Eastern Conference. They seem to be in command of the Atlantic Division and hope to surprise NBA fans in the playoffs.
2-24-14: Jonas Valanciunas kicked off the weekend by starting for Team Hill in the Rising Stars Challenge on Friday. Then, Terrence Ross participated in the dunk contest the next night and was a part of the victorious Eastern Conference team with John Wall and Paul George. After playing in the skills challenge on Saturday, DeMar DeRozan made his first career appearance in an All-Star game and scored eight points. The Raptors then traveled to Washington to take on the Wizards. Kyle Lowry led all players in points and assists en route to Toronto’s double-digit victory on Tuesday. The Raptors returned home to finish the back-to-back set and lost by two points to the Chicago Bulls.
2-18-14: The Raptors are shooting 3-pointers at a very high rate in February. They have more field goal attempts from downtown than their opponent in each of their six games this month. In previous months, the increased number of 3-pointers has led to more Toronto wins, and that success continued this past week. Although the Raptors fell by 13 points to the Los Angeles Clippers at the Staples Center, DeMar DeRozan filled the stat sheet with 36 points, eight assists, five rebounds, two steals and a block. Then, Toronto returned home for a quick, two-game homestand. Although the Raptors were without starting power forward Amir Johnson for both of those contests, they defeated the New Orleans Pelicans and the Atlanta Hawks by a combined 28 points.
2-10-14: The Raptors are in the process of surviving their West-Coast road trip. They traveled to Denver, Portland, Utah and Sacramento this past week. On Friday, Toronto extended its winning streak to three games as Dwane Casey’s squad defeated the Nuggets by 10 points. Then, DeMar DeRozan scored 36 points and dished out a career-high 12 assists the next night, but that was not enough as the Raptors fell by three points to the Portland Trail Blazers. The Raptors faced the Jazz on Monday, the day that Kyle Lowry was named the Eastern Conference Player of the Week. Lowry’s knee injury prevented him from finishing the game, but Toronto blew out Utah. However, the Raptors could not make it back-to-back wins on Wednesday even with Lowry posting a very nice stat line.
2-3-14: It is looking like the Raptors could actually win the Atlantic Division after having a 3-1 week. Kyle Lowry triple-doubled Toronto to victory at Philadelphia on Friday. Lowry now has a triple-double in each of the last four seasons with the last three coming on the road. The Raptors returned home to face the Los Angeles Clippers the next night. After 21 minutes of play, DeMar DeRozan sprained his foot and left the game. Terrence Ross took over and scored a total of 51 points, which matched the franchise’s single-game record. Although the Raptors lost that contest, they bounced back to defeat the Brooklyn Nets and the Orlando Magic without DeRozan.
1-27-14: The Raptors fell back to earth this past week, but still went 2-2. After defeating the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday, Toronto suffered its first home loss in over a month. The Los Angeles Lakers traveled to Canada and pushed the Raptors’ record to 0-7 when allowing at least 110 points this season. Then, Dwane Casey’s squad lost again the next day. The Raptors battled back from a 30-point deficit against the Bobcats in Charlotte, but the comeback fell just short. However, Toronto found its winning ways again as DeMar DeRozan’s career-high 40 points led the way in a 93-85 win over the Mavericks on Wednesday.
1-20-14: The Raptors continue to take care of business at home. They have yet to lose at the Air Canada Center in 2014 and are currently on by far their longest home winning streak of the season. They swept a three-game homestand and now have defeated five consecutive opponents in Toronto by double digits. It is the first time that a Raptors team has accomplished this feat since 2000. On January 8, Toronto blew out the Detroit Pistons, who are surprisingly a good team on the road this season. Then, on Saturday, the Raptors halted the Nets’ five-game winning streak. Toronto continued its success on Monday with a 22-point victory over the Milwaukee Bucks.
1-3-14: The post-Rudy Gay era has been a huge success thus far in Toronto. The Raptors owned a 6-12 record with Gay in the lineup, and they are now a shocking 9-3 without him. On Friday, Jonas Valanciunas led the way with a game-high 18 rebounds along with 16 points to lead Toronto to the victory at Madison Square Garden. Then the next night, Kyle Lowry shined on his home floor. He had a near triple-double en route to the Raptors completing the sweep of the New York Knicks in the home-and-home set. Then after winning a low-scoring battle in Chicago on Tuesday, the Raptors were led by DeMar DeRozan’s 26 points against the league-best Indiana Pacers to cement another back-to-back victory.
12-30-13: The Raptors surprisingly had a fantastic week, in which they went 2-1 on the road against three strong Western Conference opponents. In addition, the Canadian basketball team moved into first place in the Atlantic Division. While Toronto’s record remains below .500, the team won in Dallas on Friday and in Oklahoma City two days later. In a 109-108 overtime victory over the Mavericks, Jonas Valanciunas registered his eighth double-double of 2013-14. Then on Sunday, the Raptors were led by Kyle Lowry’s team-high points, assists and steals en route to becoming the first team to win in Oklahoma City this season. Although the San Antonio Spurs defeated Toronto the next night, the Raptors are still in a very good position moving forward.
12-22-13: The Raptors were just one Kemba Walker buzzer-beater away from having a perfect 3-0 week. They won back-to-back games against the Philadelphia 76ers and Chicago Bulls by a combined 30 points, but then dropped Wednesday’s home contest against the Charlotte Bobcats. It would have been nice for Dwane Casey’s squad to snag that third consecutive victory because Toronto now travels to Dallas, Oklahoma City, San Antonio and New York. There will be a lot riding on DeMar DeRozan’s shoulders during the team’s upcoming road trip. He will need to keep up his 22 points per game for the team to fight for a playoff spot.
12-13-13: After facing some tough opponents, the Raptors finished their quick west coast trip in Phoenix and Los Angeles. In the second contest of Toronto’s three-game road swing, the Suns defeated the Raptors by nine points and pushed Toronto’s losing streak to five games, the team’s longest of the season. However, the Raptors then defeated the Los Angeles Lakers at the Staples Center and were led by Amir Johnson’s career-high 32 points. After the game, they made a big splash in the NBA by trading Rudy Gay to the Sacramento Kings in a seven-player deal. Although the Raptors dropped their game on Tuesday to the San Antonio Spurs, Johnson still scored a team-high 19 points, which pushed his streak of scoring at least 15 points to a career-long four consecutive games.
12-7-13: It sure has been a difficult week for the Raptors, a team that faced the Miami Heat, Denver Nuggets and Golden State Warriors. Not surprisingly, they lost all three contests. However, no one expected the Raptors to have a 27-point lead at Golden State on Tuesday. It would have been a great win for Toronto, but the Warriors scored 42 fourth-quarter points and handed the Canadian basketball franchise its fourth consecutive loss. The Raptors have a difficult “road” this December, as they are away from home for most of the month. DeMar DeRozan and Rudy Gay both need to continue to provide the bulk of the scoring, so that the Raptors can keep up with their tough schedule.