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Portland beat Toronto 2-1 to win second straight game

Toronto FC lost their first home game of the season to the Portland Timbers 2-1 who picked up their second consecutive win.

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Toronto FC lost their first home game of the season to the Portland Timbers 2-1 who picked up their second consecutive win.

Quentin Westberg made his home debut replacing Alex Bono. Jordan Hamilton started in place of Jozy Altidore who will be sidelined with a hamstring injury for 2-3 weeks.

Veteran keeper Steve Clark started in place for Jeff Attinella.

Toronto’s first chance came in the 19th minute from an Alejandro Pozuelo free kick which was parried by Clark and went out for a corner. The opening goal came in the 20th minute from the ensuing corner as Jonathan Osorio put home a loose ball after Eriq Zavaleta headed it down towards goal.

TFC’s backline has been shaky this season thus far and gives up goals easily after scoring, which is what happened in this match. Chris Mavinga blocked a shot that went out for a corner, and Portland equalized right after in the 22nd minute. New Zealand centre back Bill Tuiloma volleyed in a Diego Valeri cross to tie it at 1-1.

Portland scored the game-winner in the 70th minute off the head of Jeremy Ebobisse. Sebastian Blanco sent in a cross and Ebobisse did well to dive and head it past Westberg.

Toronto FC’s next game is against Orlando City SC at Orlando City Stadium.

Kick-off is set for 4 p.m.


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Raptors snap Lakers win streak

The Toronto Raptors held the Los Angeles Lakers to 44 second half points on Sunday and won 113-104.

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The Toronto Raptors held the Los Angeles Lakers to 44 second half points on Sunday and won 113-104.

Pascal Siakam recorded a double-double as he scored 24 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. Fred VanVleet also had a double-double as he had 23 points and 10 assists. Norman Powell had 14.

Chris Boucher slotted into the bench spot where Serge Ibaka would be, and he scored 15 points and blocked three shots. Terence Davis had 13 points, five rebounds and three assists in 17 minutes of action. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson scored 10.

Anthony Davis scored 27 points for Los Angeles. Both Kyle Kuzma and Troy Daniels came off the bench and scored 15 and 11 points respectively.

LeBron James recorded a triple-double as he had 13 points, 15 assists and 13 rebounds. Former Raptor Danny Green scored zero points.

Chris Boucher has shown that he is a player who is capable of playing efficient basketball at multiple levels.

Arguably two highlights of the night came from Pascal Siakam, and coach Nick Nurse.

Nurse won his first coach’s challenge this season.

Toronto’s next game is against the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday at Staples Center.

Tip-off is set for 10:30 p.m.


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Siakam ties career-high in Raptors costly win against Pelicans

Pascal Siakam scored 44 points as the Toronto Raptors defeated the New Orleans Pelicans on Friday.

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Pascal Siakam scored 44 points as the Toronto Raptors defeated the New Orleans Pelicans on Friday.

Siakam initially scored 44 points as his career-high against the Washington Wizards in mid-March of this year.

Siakam also recorded a double-double against New Orleans as he grabbed 10 rebounds.

OG Anunoby scored 21 points and had seven rebounds. Norman Powell scored 18 points off the bench. Fred VanVleet had 12.

Coach Nick Nurse had to run a deep squad rotation because Kyle Lowry and Serge Ibaka both suffered injuries in the first half.

Here are the details on their injuries:

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Brandon Ingram led the Pelicans with 27 points. Jrue Holiday scored 16.

Toronto native Nickeil Alexander-Walker scored 13, and Frank Jackson also scored 13.

Former G-League MVP and defensive player of the year Chris Boucher will be a player that will see more minutes with the injury to Ibaka.

The Raptors scored 75 points in the first half , the most that the franchise has scored in the first half of a game since March 2018.

The Raptors will play LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday at Staples Center.

Tip-off is set for 9:30 p.m.


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Raptors team performance edges Sacramento

The Toronto Raptors defeated the Sacramento Kings 124-120 on Wednesday. 

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The Toronto Raptors defeated the Sacramento Kings 124-120 on Wednesday.

All of Toronto’s starters scored in double figures.

Kyle Lowry scored 24 points and Pascal Siakam recorded a double-double with 23 points and 13 rebounds. OG Anunoby had 18 points, six rebounds and five assists. Marc Gasol and Fred VanVleet scored 12 apiece.

Serge Ibaka provided a spark off the bench as he scored 21 points in 24 minutes.

Harrison Barnes led the Kings scorers with 26 points. Buddy Hield scored 21, and De’Aaron fox had 17 points, nine assists and seven rebounds. Bogdan Bogdanovic scored 22 points, and made six three-pointers. Canadian and former Raptor Cory Joseph had 10 points.

Raptor Matt Thomas has not seen much action yet this season, but he has made the most of his minutes when called upon.

Ibaka has always brought passion when on the floor, and this dunk capped off his night along with the rest of the team.

The Raptors start a five-game road trip which begins on Friday against the New Orleans Pelicans at Smoothie King Center.

Tip-off is set for 8 p.m.


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