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Raptors turn it on in the 4th quarter, down Orlando



Lucas Viveiros | The Avro Post

It was far from pretty, but the Toronto Raptors were able to escape Orlando with a 93-86 victory. 

Without superstar DeMar DeRozan, point guard Kyle Lowry was forced to step up, and led the way with 25 points.

The game really came down to a fourth quarter surge by Toronto, after heading to the final frame down 76-68.

The road team was able to play tight defence lead by forward Pascal Siakam, and get stops when they needed it most.

They also went with a different look at centre when push came to shove, opting to play big man Lucas Nogueira over regular Jonas Valanciunas.

With just over six minutes to play Nogueira was able to slam home a beautiful alley-oop pass from Lowry to knot the game up at 78.

This was followed by a big three from Lowry, and a slam dunk from Siakam, to break open the game 86-80.

The Magic were never able to get back into the game, ultimately losing on home court  93-86.

Toronto is next in action on Wednesday night when they pay a visit to LeBron James and the third seeded Cavs.

Tip off is 7:00 p.m. from Cleveland and can be viewed on Sportsnet One.

More news from the court

  • DeMar DeRozan’s absence from the lineup was the first game he missed all season
  • With the win, the Raptors have now won nine straight away from home
  • This was the first time since January 26th against the Utah Jazz (23 games) that the Raptors did not score at least 100 points
  • It appears two-way contract player Malcolm Miller is pushing the Raptors to potentially extend him to have a contract eligible for the playoffs

More coverage to follow. Image of the game from the Toronto Star. ■

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Strong first half pushes Raptors to beat Jazz

The Toronto Raptors began December with a 130-110 win against the Utah Jazz on Sunday.



The Toronto Raptors began December with a 130-110 win against the Utah Jazz on Sunday.

The Raptors scored a season-best 77 points in the first half. They were up a franchise-best 40 points at halftime. They also allowed a season-worst with the most points conceded in one quarter when Utah scored 49 in the third.

Pascal Siakam had 35 points in 35 minutes, along with five assists and five rebounds. Fred VanVleet recorded a double-double with 21 points and 11 assists. Norman Powell scored 15.

Serge Ibaka returned from injury after missing just over three weeks of action, he scored 13 points. Terence Davis had 13 points as well. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and OG Anunoby scored 10 points apiece.

Mike Conley led the Jazz with 20 points, Jeff Green scored 19 points in 15 minutes off the bench.

Donovan Mitchell had 16 points, and Rudy Gobert recorded a double-double with 12 points and 11 boards. Bojan Bogdanovic scored 11.

Here are some of the Raptors highlights of the night:

Head coach Nick Nurse was named the eastern conference coach of the month on Tuesday. This award was given to him for the games played in October and November, as he coached the Raptors to a current record of 14-4.

The Raptors host the Miami Heat at Scotiabank Arena on Tuesday.

Tip-off is set for 7:30.

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Powell scores career-high, Raptors win in Orlando

The Toronto Raptors defeated the Orlando Magic 90-83 on Friday.



The Toronto Raptors defeated the Orlando Magic 90-83 on Friday.

The game in Orlando was Nick Nurse’s 100th regular season game as an NBA coach.

Norman Powell led the Raptors with 33 points, a career high for the former UCLA Bruin.

Fred VanVleet scored 22, and had five rebounds, four assists and a career-high seven steals.

Pascal Siakam recorded a double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds.

Chris Boucher scored seven, while Marc Gasol and Ronade Hollis-Jefferson had six points apiece.

Evan Fournier led the Magic with 18 points. Former first-overall draft pick Markelle Fultz scored 15.

Mo Bamba had 11 points and seven boards off the bench. Canadian Khem Birch had four points and 12 rebounds.

Hollis-Jefferson had a couple of accurate assists to help his teammates in the paint.

19 of Powell’s 33 points in the game came in the third quarter. Here are his highlights:

The Raptors return home for three games, with the first one being on Sunday against the Utah Jazz.

Tip-off is set for 6 p.m. at Scotiabank Arena.

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Raptors bench shines in victory against Knicks

The Toronto Raptors defeated the New York Knicks 126-98 on Wednesday.



The Toronto Raptors defeated the New York Knicks 126-98 on Wednesday.

Toronto have started their season 8-0 at home for the first time in franchise history.

With this win, the Raptors now own the longest home win streak vs. division opponents.

Pascal Siakam scored 31 points and had eight rebounds. The Raptors typically have success whenever Siakam has scored 30+ points in a game.

Fred VanVleet had 15 points, while OG Anunoby recorded his first career double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds.

The Raptors bench contributed with 57 points from five players.

Terence Davis scored 15, Malcom Miller had 13 points, 12 of which came from beyond the arc. Chris Boucher recorded a double-double with 13 points and 12 boards. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson had 12.

Shamorie Ponds made his NBA debut and scored four points.

Knicks rookie and Toronto native RJ Barrett made his home debut and scored 16 points. Julius Randle had 19 points and eight rebounds. Allonzo Trier scored 10 off the bench.

Canada Basketball is on the rise, and this game was historic for both Canada and the NBA.

The four Canadians that featured in this game were Chris Boucher, Oshae Brissett, Ignas Brazdeikis and RJ Barrett.

A couple of the highlights of the night included VanVleet weaving his way through the New York defence, and Marc Gasol draining a three from deep.

The Raptors end off November with a trip to Orlando to play the Magic on Friday.

Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m. at Amway Center.

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