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Celtics edge Raptors in overtime battle of Eastern powers

Nov 17, 2018 - 2:29 PM

Kyrie Irving erupts for 43 points to power Boston past NBA Eastern Conference leader Toronto

ON FIRE. Celtics star Kyrie Irving takes charge in Boston's 9th win. Photo from AFP

Anthony Davis shines as Pelicans end Raptors' streak

Nov 13, 2018 - 1:16 PM

The win is another sign the Pelicans are back on track after a six-game losing streak which jolted their early season progress

ON TRACK. Anthony Davis topscores for 25 points to help the Pelicans stun the Toronto Raptors. Photo by Jonathan Bachmann/Getty Images/AFP

Raptors improve to 11-1 in Kawhi's return from injury

Nov 08, 2018 - 3:50 PM

After a slow start, Kawhi Leonard finds his form to lead Toronto past Sacramento with 25 points and 11 rebounds

IN FORM. Kawhi Leonard finds his groove after getting sidelined due to a sore ankle. Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images/AFP

Raptors frustrate Lakers, LeBron at home

Nov 05, 2018 - 1:10 PM

Toronto hikes its record to an Eastern Conference-leading 9-1 slate as Los Angeles drops to 4-6

STRUGGLING. LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers absorb another crushing defeat at home. File photo Harry How/Getty Images/AFP

Kawhi Leonard back as Raptors down Sixers

Oct 31, 2018 - 12:40 PM

Toronto rebounds from its first loss of the season as Kawhi Leonard drops 31 points

BACK AT IT. Kawhi Leonard tows the Toronto Raptors to their seventh victory. Photo from NBA

Raptors dump Mavs to stay perfect

Oct 27, 2018 - 4:42 PM

Toronto sets a franchise record with its sixth straight win to start the NBA season

DIMES. Toronto's Kyle Lowry has dished out 10 or more assists in his last 4 games. Photo from AFP

Kawhi drops 35 as Raptors match franchise-best 5-0 start

Oct 25, 2018 - 4:15 PM

The Toronto Raptors turn back the Minnesota Timberwolves behind Kawhi Leonard's season-high 35 points

SPARKPLUG. Kawhi Leonard tows the Toronto Raptors to their fifth straight victory. Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images/AFP

Celtics spellbound by Magic, Raptors march on

Oct 23, 2018 - 11:44 AM

The Magic kept their noses in front for the entire contest, with Boston unable to take the lead at any stage

LOSING EFFORT. Kyrie Irving chips in 22 points in a losing effort to Orlando Magic. File Photo by Tim Bradbury/Getty Images/AFP

Minus Kawhi, Lowry steps up to lead Raptors past Wizards

Oct 21, 2018 - 12:34 PM

Kawhi Leonard takes the night off but Kyle Lowry powers the Toronto Raptors past the Washington Wizards

HOT START. Kyle Lowry takes charge to help the Toronto Raptors stay perfect. Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images/AFP

Davis shines as Pelicans rout Rockets, Kawhi debuts in Toronto

Oct 18, 2018 - 12:57 PM

MVP James Harden flirts with a triple-double but it isn't enough to get the Houston Rockets past the New Orleans Pelicans

SOLID DEBUT. Kawhi Leonard drops 24 points in his first game with the Toronto Raptors. Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images/AFP

5 NBA players to watch this season

Oct 13, 2018 - 5:35 PM

LeBron and the Lakers may have dominated the preseason storyline, but there's certainly more to talk about once the season gets going

TORONTO, ON - OCTOBER 5: Kawhi Leonard #2 and Danny Green #14 of the Toronto Raptors looks on from the bench during the second half of an NBA preseason game against Melbourne United at Scotiabank Arena on October 5, 2018 in Toronto, Canada. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images/AFP

Vienna topples Melbourne in 'most liveable city' ranking

Aug 14, 2018 - 12:43 PM

It is the first time a European metropolis has topped the annual chart compiled by the Economist Intelligence Unit which identifies the best urban playgrounds to live and work in

VIENNA. Austria's Vienna at sunset. File photo from Shutterstock

Gunman kills two in Toronto shooting rampage

Jul 23, 2018 - 12:02 PM

(6th UPDATE) The gunman opens fire on pedestrians, killing two. The suspect is later found dead in an alley after an exchange of gunfire with police

SHOOTING. Toronto Police officers walk the scene at Danforth St. at the scene of a shooting in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on Sunday, July 23, 2018. Photo by Cole Burston/AFP

Raptors head sorry for DeRozan deal 'miscommunication'

Jul 21, 2018 - 10:17 AM

Team president Masai Ujiri regrets indicating that franchise player DeMar DeRozan won't be traded

NEW HOME. Former Toronto star DeMar DeRozan heads to San Antonio after getting swapped with Kawhi Leonard. Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images/AFP

Spurs coach Popovich on Kawhi trade: ‘Time to move on’

Jul 19, 2018 - 8:46 AM

The San Antonio tactician wishes Kawhi Leonard well, but says he's focused on the arrival of former Raptors cornerstone DeMar DeRozan

SEPARATE WAYS. San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich and Kawhi Leonard part ways, just two weeks after the Spurs let go of veteran Tony Parker. Photo by Ronald Cortes/Getty Images/AFP

Kawhi Leonard to Raptors, DeMar DeRozan to Spurs – reports

Jul 18, 2018 - 9:52 PM

San Antonio also sends Danny Green to Toronto for Jakob Poeltl and a protected 2019 first-round pick

SWITCH. Top NBA stars Kawhi Leonard and DeMar Derozan switch teams and conference. Leonard photo by Ronald Cortes/AFP and Derozan photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images/AFP​

Dwane Casey wins Coach of the Year after getting fired from Toronto

Jun 26, 2018 - 6:26 PM

2018's NBA Coach of the Year is now with the Detroit Pistons

FORMER COACH. Dwane Casey nabs the award for leading the Toronto Raptors to  a conference- and franchise-best 59-23 regular season record. Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Turner Sports/AFP

Banksy print stolen from Toronto show

Jun 16, 2018 - 12:02 AM

The stolen 'Trolley Hunters' print depicts crouching men in loin cloths armed with stone-tipped wooden spears and axes as they hunt grocery shopping carts in a grassy field

STOLEN. File photo shows people viewing British artist Banksy's "Vote to Love" at the British Royal Academy of Arts' Summer Exhibition 2018 in central London, on June 5, 2018. Photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

Can a Nurse a day keep LeBron away?

Jun 15, 2018 - 11:20 AM

The Toronto Raptors hope Nick Nurse can ease the pain of their NBA playoff flops against LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers

FRESH START. As Toronto regroups from another playoffs exit at the hands of LeBron James and the Cavs, new coach Nick Nurse hopes to make things better for the Raptors. Photo from

Raptors fire coach Casey after NBA playoff ouster

May 12, 2018 - 8:46 AM

The sacking comes two days after the National Basketball Coaches Association named Dwane Casey as NBA Coach of the Year

INEVITABLE. Toronto Raptors president Masai Ujiri says firing head coach Dwane Casey was a 'very difficult but necessary step.' Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFP

Raptors ‘emotionally drunk’ vs LeBron, Cavs, says Toronto coach

May 08, 2018 - 1:39 PM

Toronto mentor Dwane Casey says the top seeds just can’t recover from their shattering Game 1 and Game 3 losses

SEASON OVER. The No. 1 Toronto Raptors fail to get past the Cleveland Cavaliers for the 3rd straight year. Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images/AFP

LeBron, Cavs sweep No. 1 Raptors, book East finals berth

May 08, 2018 - 11:12 AM

(3RD UPDATE) Cleveland gets to face the winner of the semis series between the Boston Celtics and the Philadelphia Sixers

UNSTOPPABLE. Even as the top seeds, the Toronto Raptors just can't find an answer for Cleveland Cavs superstar LeBron James. Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images/AFP

NBA Raptors president fined $25k for on-court ref talk

May 07, 2018 - 10:17 AM

Toronto team president Masai Ujiri gets penalized for incident in Game 3 where Cleveland won on a LeBron James buzzer-beater

PENALTY. Toronto Raptors president Masai Ujiri gets sanctioned for verbally confronting the referees at halftime of Game 3 between the Raptors and the Cleveland Cavaliers. Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFP

LeBron sinks buzzer-beater as Cavs push Raptors to brink of elimination

May 06, 2018 - 11:24 AM

(UPDATED) The Cavaliers return home and stay in command with a 3-0 series lead against the Raptors

ONE MORE. LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers just need one more victory to advance to the NBA Eastern Conference finals. Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFP

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LeBron unleashes 43 as Cavs topple top-ranked Raptors anew

May 04, 2018 - 8:38 AM

(UPDATED) After a Game 1 overtime thriller, Cleveland dumps Toronto this time by 18 points for a 2-0 series lead

SHUT OUT. Kyle Lowry and the No. 1 Toronto Raptors still can't find a way past George Hill and the Cleveland Cavaliers. Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images/AFP

Clutch LeBron, Cavs escape Raptors in overtime

May 02, 2018 - 11:00 AM

(3RD UPDATE) Cleveland superstar LeBron James drops a triple-double of 26 points, 11 rebounds and 13 assists to lead the Cavs' comeback win

THRILLING OPENER. Kyle Lowry of the Toronto Raptors dribbles past George Hill of the Cleveland Cavaliers in series opener that needed an extra period to settle. Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images/AFP

Thousands gather to pay tribute to Toronto massacre victims

Apr 30, 2018 - 9:55 AM

'Love for all, hatred for none,' is the message seen on large posters and blue T-shirts in the crowd, which included Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

MEMORIAL. Candles surround the makeshift memorial at a makeshift memorial in Mel Lastman Square in Toronto for the victims of the van attack before a vigil on April 29, 2018. Photo by Lars Hagberg/AFP

The week in photos: April 21-27, 2018

Apr 28, 2018 - 4:32 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

Princess Charlotte of Cambridge (L) turns to wave at the media as she is lead in with her brother Prince George of Cambridge (R) by their father Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, (C) at the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in central London, on April 23, 2018, to visit Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, and their new-born son. Kate, the wife of Britain's Prince William, has given birth to a baby son, Kensington Palace announced Monday. "Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge was safely delivered of a son at 11:01 (1001 GMT)," the palace said in a statement. The baby boy weighs eight pounds and seven ounces (3.8 kilogrammes). / AFP PHOTO / Ben STANSALL

Raptors rally past Wizards to advance to the NBA Eastern Conference semis

Apr 28, 2018 - 9:49 AM

(UPDATED) Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan lead the charge as the Raptors eliminate the Wizards at 4-2

CLOSE OUT. Ty Lawson of the Washington Wizards and Fred VanVleet of the Toronto Raptors battle for the ball. Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images/AFP

Canada van massacre driver charged with murder, most victims women

Apr 25, 2018 - 8:46 AM

Lead investigator Detective-Sergeant Graham Gibson says the victims of the Toronto attack were 'predominantly women' and they ranged in age from the mid-20s to 80s

AFTERMATH. A hazmat worker scrubs the sidewalk of blood and debris after a mass killing on Yonge St. at Finch Ave. on April 24, 2018 in Toronto, Canada. Photo by Cole Burston/Getty Images/AFP

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Apr 24, 2018 - 11:24 AM

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Van plows into Toronto crowd in 'deliberate' act, leaving 10 dead

Apr 24, 2018 - 10:32 AM

Police have arrested a suspect at the scene of the attack, whose initial death toll of 9 jumped to 10 after one person succumbed to injuries

VAN ATTACK. Police inspect a van suspected of being involved in a collision injuring at least 8 people at Yonge St. and Finch Ave. on April 23, 2018 in Toronto, Canada. Photo by Cole Burston/Getty Images/AFP

Wizards spellbound by rampant Raptors

Apr 18, 2018 - 10:48 AM

DeRozan matches career-playoff high, tows Raptors to 2-0 lead

OWNED. Kyle Lowry and the Toronto Raptors get to stop John Wall and the Washington Wizards anew in Game Two of the NBA Eastern Conference First Round. Photos by Claus Andersen/Getty Images/AFP

No Curry, no problem as Warriors rout Spurs

Apr 15, 2018 - 12:26 PM

Raptors and Sixers pick up wins in the NBA playoffs opening day

24 POINTS. Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors shoots over Dejounte Murray #5 of the San Antonio Spurs in the first quarter during Game One of the first round of the 2018 NBA Playoff at ORACLE Arena on April 14, 2018 in Oakland, California. Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images/AFP

Raptors rout Celtics, Pistons knocked out of playoff race

Apr 05, 2018 - 2:00 PM

The Raptors now have a 3-game cushion over the Celtics for first place in the Atlantic Division and the Eastern Conference

BATTLE FOR SUPREMACY. DeMar DeRozan leads the Raptors with 16 points on their road to the top of the East. Matthew Stockman/Getty Images/AFP

LeBron James passes milestone as Cavaliers wobble Raptors

Apr 04, 2018 - 2:12 PM

LeBron James submits 27 points, 10 rebounds, and 6 assists in his 942nd game

ON A ROLL. LeBron James keeps on passing milestones, this time, recording his 942nd game with at least 20 points. File photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images/AFP

LOOK: Filipinos get a 'taste of home' as Jollibee opens Toronto store

Apr 02, 2018 - 11:19 AM

Chickenjoy fans in Toronto, rejoice!

LeBron sparks undermanned Cavs over Raptors

Mar 22, 2018 - 2:14 PM

'What he does night in and night out, how he sustains it, it's mind-boggling'

UNDERMANNED. LeBron James leads the Cavs despite not having his manager and 5 absent teammates. Photo by Elsa/Getty Images/AFP

Houston Rockets shoot down red-hot Portland Blazers

Mar 21, 2018 - 8:36 PM

In a game featuring the NBA's two hottest teams, Houston's Most Valuable Player candidate James Harden scores 42 points to help the Rockets notch their 13th victory in 14 games since the All-Star break

SOARING. File photo of MVP Candidate James Harden of Houston. Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP

OKC Thunder ends Toronto Raptors run on Russell Westbrook triple double

Mar 19, 2018 - 1:32 PM

Westbrook's heroics, including back-to-back baskets to break a tie with 54.9 seconds remaining, denies the Raptors the longest win streak in club history

TRIPLE-DOUBLE. File photo of Russell Westbrook and Kyrie Irving warming up during the NBA All-Star Game 2018 at Staples Center on February 18, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images/AFP

Toronto Raptors rally to win 11th straight

Mar 17, 2018 - 1:30 PM

DeMar Derozan takes charge with 29 points for the Toronto Raptors, who rested All-Star guard Kyle Lowry

The NBA Finals contender no one talks about

Mar 16, 2018 - 8:43 PM

Quietly and methodically, the Raptors have established dominance over the league this season, leaving broken records in their wake

FIRST. The Toronto Raptors are the first NBA team to claim a ticket to the playoffs. Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images/AFP

Russell Westbrook reaches 100th TD as OKC closes in on playoffs

Mar 14, 2018 - 8:37 PM

Westbrook finished with 32 points, 12 rebounds and 12 assists to become only the fourth player in NBA history to record a century of triples

TRIPLE-DOUBLE TON. In this file photo, Russell Westbrook warms up during the NBA All-Star Game 2018 at Staples Center Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images/AFP

Curry-less Warriors lose to Trail Blazers, Cavaliers succumb to Clippers

Mar 10, 2018 - 4:10 PM

The Portland Trail Blazers capitalize on Stephen Curry's absence as they halt the Golden State Warriors' 7-game winning streak

HOT-SHOOTING. Damian Lillard scores 28 points to power the Portland Trail Blazers. File photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images/AFP

Raptors halt Rockets' 17-game winning streak

Mar 10, 2018 - 12:19 PM

Harden's missed triple gives the Raptors their 7th straight win

STREAKS. Kyle Lowry leads the Raptors to their 7th straight win while Harden scores 40 despite blowing their 17-game winning streak. Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images/AFP (Harden) and Al Bello/Getty Images/AFP (Lowry)

How DeMar DeRozan became an NBA champion without a ring

Mar 09, 2018 - 7:24 PM

A Tweet by DeRozan opens the door to more admissions that some NBA stars are going through depression

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Pacers leap past Wizards; Raptors sink Hornets

Mar 05, 2018 - 1:58 PM

The Indiana Pacers almost blow a 17-point lead but hold on to the victory that allowed them to jump over the Washington Wizards by a half-game in the NBA standings

YOUNG GUN. Victor Oladipo waxes hot for the Indiana Pacers with 33 points. Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images/AFP

Milwaukee Bucks beat Toronto Raptors in OT; Houston Rockets win

Feb 24, 2018 - 2:12 PM

Giannis Antetokounmpo scores 26 points and pulls down 12 rebounds for the Bucks

GREEK FREEK. Giannis Antetokounmpo powers the Milwaukee Bucks in snapping the Toronto Raptors' 7-game winning streak. Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images/AFP

Raptors rebound from loss with 3-point explosion

Feb 03, 2018 - 2:09 PM

Damian Lillard reaches 10,000 career points with 32 points against the Raptors

CAREER-HIGH. DeMar DeRozan matches a career-high of 6 triples to tally 35 points. Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images/AFP