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Powell scores career-high, Raptors win in Orlando

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

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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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Strong first half pushes Raptors to beat Jazz

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

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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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Raptors bench shines in victory against Knicks

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

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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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Raptors hold Embiid scoreless, beat 76ers

The Toronto Raptors held Joel Embiid scoreless for the first time in his career en route to a 101-96 win against Philadelphia on Monday.

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The Toronto Raptors held Joel Embiid scoreless for the first time in his career en route to a 101-96 win against Philadelphia on Monday.

Matt Thomas did not play because of a fractured finger he suffered during the Atlanta game. It turns out that he has a broken finger and will be out approximately four weeks.

The Raptors played an eight-man rotation because of Thomas’ absence. Pascal Siakam led scorers with 25 points, he also had seven rebounds. Fred VanVleet had 24 points and eight assists.

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson recorded a double-double in 31 minutes with 16 points and 10 boards. OG Anunoby scored 12, and Terence Davis had 11.

Josh Richardson had 25 points for the 76ers. Tobias Harris scored 18 and Al Horford recorded a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds.

Mike Scott scored 12 off the bench. Ben Simmons had 10 points, 14 assists and nine boards.

Toronto’s emphasis was on defence for the whole game, as they focused on shutting down Joel Embiid. That task was taken care of by Siakam and Marc Gasol. Both players had two blocks each.

The Raptors clawed their way back after being down two possessions in the fourth quarter.

Toronto will host the New York Knicks on Wednesday at Scotiabank Arena.

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


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