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Jeremy Lin expected to join Raptors for playoff push

Feb 12, 2019 - 11:12 AM

Jeremy Lin is best known for his 'Lin-sanity' run of success with New York in 2012

LIN-SANITY. Star point guard Jeremy Lin is slated to reinforce the Toronto Raptors to push their playoff chances. Photo from Jeremy Lin's Instagram

Raptors, Pacers sail past foes

Feb 08, 2019 - 3:43 PM

All 5 Raptors starters punch in double figures to batter the Hawks while the Pacers lean on Bojan Bogdanovic to drub the Clippers

ON A ROLL. Kyle Lowry and the Raptors roll to their 40th win. Photo from NBA Twitter

Embiid's 37 not enough as Raptors tear down Sixers

Feb 06, 2019 - 3:38 PM

Amid reports that Toronto has offered Kyle Lowry to the Grizzlies, the All-Star point guard helps tow the Raptors past the Sixers

FOCUSED. Kyle Lowry brushes off speculations and drains 20 points as the Raptors outlast the Sixers. Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images/AFP

Doncic tallies triple-double but Mavs still fall to Raptors

Jan 28, 2019 - 11:03 AM

Kawhi Leonard stands tall as Toronto tightens its grasp on 2nd place in the Eastern Conference

FOR NAUGHT. Luka Doncic sees his triple-double go to waste. Photo from Twitter (@NBA)

Harden cools off but Rockets still beat Raptors

Jan 26, 2019 - 2:59 PM

James Harden credits the Raptors’ defense for his ‘quiet 35 points’

TEAM EFFORT. James Harden gets plenty of scoring help this time. Photo from NBA Twitter

WATCH: Raptors rest Kawhi, still down Kings by 15

Jan 23, 2019 - 3:20 PM

Kawhi Leonard gets some 'extended rest' but the Raptors find little trouble in dispatching the Kings

TAKE CHARGE. Toronto guard Fred VanVleet fires 19 points to lead 6 Raptors in double figures. Photo from NBA Twitter

Siakam hits buzzer-beater to lift Raptors over Suns

Jan 18, 2019 - 4:45 PM

'To be honest I didn't know what I was going to do,' says Pascal Siakam as the Raptors escape the Suns for an 8th straight home win

GAME-WINNER. Toronto’s Pascal Siakam buries the heart-stopping last bucket that bounces off the backboard before going in. Photo from Toronto Raptors Twitter

Kyrie apologizes to LeBron for behavior as Cavs teammate

Jan 17, 2019 - 6:31 PM

Celtics star Kyrie Irving admits he has now gained perspective on what it's like to be a leader

NEW OUTLOOK. Kyrie Irving looks for a fresh start as the Celtics snap a three-game skid against the league-leading Raptors. Photo from NBA Twitter

NBA finds no rule violation by Cavs in McCaw moves

Jan 15, 2019 - 1:03 PM

Cleveland waives the 23-year-old guard after only 3 appearances for the team, paving way for him to join the Toronto Raptors

CONTENDERS. Patrick McCaw, who won two NBA championships with the Golden State Warriors, joins another title contender in the Toronto Raptors. Photo from

Ibaka strikes as NBA-best Raptors outlast Wizards

Jan 14, 2019 - 11:28 AM

The Raptors bounce back from a cold second overtime period with Ibaka's dagger three

DAGGER. Serge Ibaka leads the Toronto Raptors to an NBA-best record of 33-12. Photo from NBA Twitter

Raptors avenge loss to Nets

Jan 12, 2019 - 5:19 PM

Kawhi Leonard has now pumped in 20 points in 18 consecutive games for the Toronto Raptors

STILL ON TOP. Kawhi Leonard and the league-leading Raptors cruise to their 32nd win. Photo from NBA Twitter

Raptors, Nuggets grab narrow wins as Warriors cruise

Jan 09, 2019 - 3:24 PM

The Raptors pull off a scrappy win over the Hawks to stay ahead of the NBA race with a 31-12 record

LEAGUE LEADERS. Kawhi Leonard drops 31 points to pace the league-leading Raptors. Photo from NBA Twitter

Raptors cool off red-hot Pacers in Lowry's return

Jan 07, 2019 - 1:14 PM

Toronto point guard Kyle Lowry returns from injury to help the Raptors snap the Indiana Pacers' six-game winning streak

WINNING RETURN. Kyle Lowry, who missed 10 games due to back and thigh problems, delivers 12 points and 8 assists. Photo from NBA Twitter

Raptors rebound to beat Bucks for first time this season

Jan 06, 2019 - 1:58 PM

With Kawhi Leonard back to his old self, the Raptors outlast the Bucks in a battle of the top two Eastern Conference teams

BACK ON TOP. Kawhi Leonard and the Raptors overcome Giannis Antetokounmpo's huge double-double showing to reclaim the top spot.

Spurs blast Raptors as Kawhi returns to San Antonio

Jan 04, 2019 - 12:02 PM

Leonard is met with boos and jeers in his first game back in San Antonio since he was traded to Toronto together with Danny Green

RUDE WELCOME. Kawhi Leonard loses at the hands of his former team. Photo from Toronto Raptors Twitter

Spurs coach Popovich hopes Kawhi shown 'respect' on return

Jan 03, 2019 - 5:46 PM

Raptors star Kawhi Leonard returns to San Antonio to face his former team for the first time since his controversial departure

Kawhi's 45 fuel Raptors over Jazz, but Bucks still on top

Jan 02, 2019 - 2:10 PM

The Toronto Raptors continue to chase the league-leading Milwaukee Bucks as Kawhi Leonard erupts for a career-high 45 points against the Utah Jazz

Magic deal league-leading Raptors most lopsided loss

Dec 29, 2018 - 3:37 PM

Nikola Vucevic registers 30 points and 20 rebounds to lead the Magic to a surprise 29-point whipping of the Raptors

SURPRISING MAGIC. Nikola Vucevic paces 5 Orlando Magic players in double figures in the upset win. Photo from NBA Twitter

WATCH: Raptors rally from 17 down to edge Heat

Dec 27, 2018 - 1:26 PM

Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green star as the Toronto Raptors snap Miami Heat's five-game winning streak

ON TOP. Kawhi Leonard pumps in 30 points as the Raptors improve to a league-best 26-10 record. Photo from Toronto Raptors Twitter

WATCH: Warriors up; Beal, Bryant lift Wizards in 3OT

Dec 23, 2018 - 5:34 PM

Jonas Jerebko shines in the Warriors' win as Bradley Beal and Thomas Bryant deliver monster numbers in the Wizards' triple-overtime triumph over the Suns

REVELATION. Swedish forward Jonas Jerebko plays a key role in powering the Warriors to their 22nd win. Photo from Golden State Warriors

Leonard leads Raptors over Cavs, Bucks down Celtics

Dec 22, 2018 - 2:33 PM

The Toronto Raptor's victory came despite absences of star point guard Kyle Lowry, swingman Danny Green, and big men Serge Ibaka and Jonas Valanciunas

Raptors coach Nurse fined over ref rant

Dec 19, 2018 - 8:55 AM

Coach Nick Nurse says Toronto Raptors star Kawhi Leonard hasn't been getting enough calls

FURIOUS. Raptors coach Nick Nurse gets slapped with a $15,000 fine after a furious rant against the referees. Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images/AFP

Nuggets topple NBA-best Raptors, Wizards roll past Lakers

Dec 17, 2018 - 1:04 PM

John Wall drops 40 to power Washington over Los Angeles as LeBron James scores a season-low 13 points

SPOILER. John Wall and the Washington Wizards make easy work of the Los Angeles Lakers. Photo from Twitter (@NBA)

Pacers spoil Sixers star Joel Embiid's 40-20 night

Dec 15, 2018 - 6:50 PM

The Indiana Pacers rally from a double-digit deficit to clip Joel Embiid and the Philadelphia 76ers

STEADY CLIMB. Darren Collison and the Indiana Pacers outlast the Sixers to hike up their record to 19-10. Photo from Indiana Pacers

Raptors' Valanciunas out at least 4 weeks after surgery

Dec 14, 2018 - 11:09 AM

After a recent game injury, Toronto Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas undergoes surgery to repair a dislocated left thumb

SIDELINED. Toronto Raptors' Jonas Valanciunas grimaces in pain after hurting his thumb against the Golden State Warriors last Wednesday. Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP

Minus Kawhi, Raptors roast Warriors

Dec 13, 2018 - 4:49 PM

The Toronto Raptors crush the Golden State Warriors at home for the first time in 14 years

Rockets blast Blazers, Spurs eclipse Suns

Dec 12, 2018 - 12:48 PM

James Harden fires 29 and Chris Paul tallies a triple-double as the Houston Rockets snap a three-game slide

HOT SQUAD. Chris Paul and 6 other Rockets players wind up in double figures against the Blazers. Photo from Houston Rockets

Bucks edge Raptors in battle of top Eastern teams

Dec 10, 2018 - 11:19 AM

Milwaukee becomes the first team to beat Toronto twice this season

BOUNCE BACK. Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks rebound. Photo from Twitter (@NBA)

Russell turns up heat in OT as Nets surprise Raptors

Dec 08, 2018 - 1:48 PM

Brooklyn beats Toronto for the first time in more than 3 years

WINNING TRACK. D'Angelo Russell powers the Brooklyn Nets to their first win after 8 straight losses. Photo from Twitter (@NBA)

Pistons pummel Warriors to win 5th straight, Raptors roll on

Dec 02, 2018 - 2:25 PM

Blake Griffin and the Detroit Pistons spoil Warriors star Steph Curry's return from injury

Raptors hold off Warriors in heavyweight NBA clash

Nov 30, 2018 - 1:33 PM

Warriors superstar Kevin Durant erupts for 51 points but it wasn't enough to stop Kawhi Leonard and the league-leading Raptors

LEAGUE LEADERS. Kawhi Leonard and the Toronto Raptors roll to a league-best 19-4 record. Photo from NBA

Kawhi dominates as Raptors outgun Wizards

Nov 24, 2018 - 4:12 PM

The Raptors roar to their fourth straight triumph for a 16-4 card – a franchise record for wins in the first 20 games

ON FIRE. Kawhi Leonard finishes just an assist-shy of a triple-double to power the Raptors. Photo from NBA

Green lifts Raptors to NBA win, Blazers take West lead

Nov 21, 2018 - 2:17 PM

The Toronto Raptors complete a dramatic finish against the Orlando Magic to stay on top of the Eastern Conference

HIGH UP. Kawhi Leonard and the Toronto Raptors soar to the NBA Eastern Conference lead. Photo from Toronto Raptors

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