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 Raptors Fall To Nets In Opener At Barclays Center

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 Raptors Can't Hold Off Pacers In Opener

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 Raptors Take Down Bucks For Fourth Straight Win

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 Raptors Bounce Back To Drop Knicks In Montreal

Related: Box Score Top Plays: Defence Fuels Offence | Lowry At The Buzzer | Valanciunas In The Post | Lowry Lobs For DeRozan Post Game: Dwane Casey | Andrea Bargnani | Kyle Lowry | DeMar DeRozan | October 19, 2012 MONTREAL (CP) Andrea Bargnani bounced back strong from his latest calf injury. Bargnani scored 20 points and the Toronto Raptors beat the New York Knicks 107-88 in pre-season action Friday night before a sold-out Bell Centre crowd. Bargnani, who was limited to 31 games last season because of calf strains, was back in the Raptors' starting lineup after he was hurt his left calf once again Wednesday. He suffered a bruised calf and left in the third quarter of Toronto's 104-101 win over Washington. ``Last game that was really just a hit, a hard hit on the calf, so we just decided it wasn't worth it to keep playing limping,'' Bargnani said. ``So I took some therapy but it's nothing like last year.'' Toronto won its third in a row to improve to 4-1, while dealing New York its first loss in three exhibition games in front of a lively crowd of 22,144. ``I want to say one thing about the fans here, I don't know if we can bottle it up and take it back to Toronto but they were exciting fans, great fans, packed house, guys on the sideline were yelling at the referees and getting on them, and it felt like we were in an NBA city,'' Raptors coach Dwayne Casey said. ``A great arena, great building, hot building, and it was good for our guys to give them a hard-fought game.'' The Raptors outscored New York 30-20 in the third quarter and went up by 12 after Jose Calderon scored on a layup off a turnover 2:27 into the fourth to make it 84-72. Kyle Lowry finished with 17 points for Toronto and Amir Johnson contributed 14. Carmelo Anthony led the Knicks with 24 points. Amar'e Stoudamire had 18 points in his pre-season debut after missing New York's first two games because of pain in his left knee. ``It felt great to be back out there, and get back in the...

 Raptors Rally To Drop Wizards At ACC

Related: Box Score | Photo Gallery | Raptors Exercise Option on Davis Top Plays: Valanciunas Huge Slam | Lowry's First Bucket | Lowry Finds Fields | DeRozan's Dunk | Bargnani's Block Post Game: Casey | Lowry| FieldsOctober 17, 2012 TORONTO (CP) When Landry Fields darted along the baseline to the basket, Kyle Lowry managed to find him. Lowry played with hustle and poise in his Raptors debut and combined with Fields like they were longtime teammates on Wednesday in Toronto's 104-101 pre-season victory over the Washington Wizards. ``(Lowry) has sea legs right now and it affected his shot, but you can see he's a rolling pin going to the basket, he gets to where he wants to go with the ball, he's heady, he sees things that other people don't see, he got Landry going, cutting moving off the ball, which was huge,'' said Raptors coach Dwane Casey. ``Those things you can't teach. He's a true leader.'' Fields scored 15 points while Lowry had 14 of his own to go along with six assists. Amir Johnson added 13 points, Jose Calderon had 12 points and eight assists, and DeMar DeRozan added 11 points for the Raptors (3-1). Trevor Booker had 12 points to top the Wizards (1-4), while Emeka Okafor, Martell Webster, Jan Vesely and Bradley Beal had 11 apiece. The Raptors trailed 77-73 heading into the fourth quarter of a game that had seen 15 lead changes. Toronto managed to build a three-point lead with a minute left in the game and led by a point when Lowry drained two free throws with 13 seconds left to seal it. Lowry started after missing the first three games of the exhibition schedule -- and a good chunk of Toronto's training camp in Halifax -- with a groin injury. Casey had said that Lowry needed to shake off the rust. But the point guard scored the Raptors' first points off a steal and drive to the hoop, and didn't slow down, in front of a crowd of 11,750 that included Jon Bon Jovi and former Raptor Tracy Murray. ``It was great, I had fun, just trying to get my...

 Raptors Hold Off Pistons In Preseason Play

Related: Box Score | Photo Gallery Top Plays: Valanciunas Dunks | JV Hoop And The Harm | DeRozan's 'And 1' | Davis Block | Jonas Hook Shot Post Game: Dwane Casey | Ed Davis | Jonas ValanciunasOctober 12, 2012 TORONTO (CP) Toronto rookie Jonas Valanciunas was a big bright spot on an otherwise messy night that left Raptors coach Dwane Casey issuing an apology to Dr. James Naismith. And that's good news for a team that has pegged the young Lithuanian centre as a big piece of the future of the franchise. DeMar DeRozan scored 14 points while Ed Davis had 12 in the Raptors' 82-75 pre-season victory over the Detroit Pistons on Friday. But almost all eyes were on Valanciunas, who had 11 points and eight rebounds, and scored on a key possession with less than a minute to play, in just his second NBA game. ``I'm happy, I'm happy because we won the game,'' the rookie said afterward. ``I like the crowd, how they support us, that was wonderful. That was a great day for me.'' Rodney Stuckey topped the Pistons with 14 points, while Vyacheslav Kravstov had 10. Valanciunas, who the Raptors selected with their No. 5 in the 2011 NBA draft, put in an energetic 29 minutes, banging with Detroit's big men under the glass. On one play late in the first quarter, the rookie did a nice job of driving to the hoop and drawing a foul for a three-point play. Then with 48 seconds left in the game, and the Raptors up by three, Valanciunas drove to the basket and finished with a pretty hook shot. When a reported jokingly asked if he had recently perfected that move, the Lithuanian smiled and said: ``Yeah. This morning.'' ``I thought it was a good run by Jonas, he came in and battled, competing in the paint, had some good offensive moves,'' said Casey. The Raptors never led by more than 10 points on a sloppy night indicative of pre-season basketball. Casey issued an apology to Naismith in the post-game news conference saying: ``I apologize for our display. But I thought our guys...

 Raptors Outlast Real Madrid At ACC

Related: Box Score | Photo Gallery Top Plays: Amir Finishes Strong | Theft And The Throw Down Post Game: Dwane Casey | DeMar DeRozan | Jose CalderonOctober 8, 2012 TORONTO (CP) - When Terrence Ross threw up an air ball on a three-point attempt in his first few minutes on the floor, it looked like a long night could be in store for the Toronto Raptors’ rookie. But it was just a blip in an otherwise strong NBA debut Monday as Ross and the Raptors won their preseason opener, 102-95 over Spain’s Real Madrid. “Other than that I felt comfortable, I wasn’t nervous or in a rush, I just calmed myself down, got myself together,” Ross said. “It wasn’t too bad.” DeMar DeRozan scored 18 points and John Lucas added 16 of his own for the Raptors, who ended the third quarter up by two before pulling away in the fourth. Andrea Bargnani had 14 points, Amir Johnson added 12 points, scoring on several big dunks, Jose Calderon had eight assists to go with nine points, and Ed Davis grabbed 10 rebounds. Ross, the Raptors’ No. 8 pick out of Washington, scored 10 points in 22 minutes, calmly knocking down a pair of threes. Raptors coach Dwane Casey was pleased with the 21-year-old’s first NBA game. “There was that one casual play where he thought he was in the park by himself, and [former NBA player Rudy] Fernandez came from behind and got him ... just little things like that,” Casey said. “But his upside is off the charts.” Ross said the speed and intensity of the game is different from what he faced at the college level. “Most of the guys are veterans, they’ve been playing this for a long time, so it’s a lot different from college kids to grown men,” he said. “You’ve got to be a second quicker [getting your shot off], you’ve always got to do something a little better, jump a little higher, get a little more arc.” While it was only the pre-season, Ross said the moment he put on his jersey before the game wasn’t lost on him. “Definitely, it gave me a sense of how much I’ve...

 Raptors vs. Real Madrid Free Ticket Offer

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 Raptors Sign Dominic McGuire

The Toronto Raptors announced Wednesday they have signed forward Dominic McGuire. Per team policy, financial terms were not disclosed. McGuire, 6-foot-9, 235 pounds, spent the 2011-12 season with Golden State, appearing in 64 games (six starts), averaging 3.5 points, 3.8 rebounds and 17.6 minutes. He achieved career highs in 2008-09 averaging 4.5 points, 5.4 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 26.2 minutes in 79 games (57 starts) with Washington. McGuire was selected 47th overall in the 2007 NBA Draft by the Wizards and has also appeared in games for Sacramento (2009-10) and Charlotte (2010-11). He has posted career averages of 2.8 points and 3.5 rebounds in 316 career games (74 starts). After two seasons at the University of California, McGuire played one season at Fresno State where he averaged 12.5 points and 9.8 rebounds. He ranked fifth in the nation with 3.6 blocks during the The Raptors open training camp October 2 in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

 Raptors Re-Sign Centre Aaron Gray

July 27, 2012 The Toronto Raptors announced Friday they have re-signed centre Aaron Gray. Per team policy, financial details were not disclosed. Gray averaged 3.9 points, with career bests of 5.7 rebounds (third on team) and 16.6 minutes in 49 games with the Raptors last season. He started 40 contests, averaging 4.4 points, 6.0 rebounds and 17.4 minutes. Gray finished the season second on the club in field goal percentage at .516 (83-161). He paced the team in rebounding 11 times, with six 10-plus rebound efforts, and recorded two double-doubles. He posted season highs with 12 points and 12 rebounds February 22 versus Detroit. Gray played for the New Orleans Hornets in the 2010-11 season, averaging 3.1 points, 4.2 rebounds and 13.0 minutes. He shot .566 (56-99) from the field in his 41 appearances, including six in a starting role. He started six consecutive games from February 5-15, averaging 6.1 points, 8.0 rebounds and 25.8 minutes. Gray, 7-foot, 270 pounds, was a second-round selection (49th overall) by Chicago in the 2007 NBA Draft. He was dealt by the Bulls to the Hornets in January 2010. Gray posted his career highs against the Raptors on April 16, 2008 with a 19-point/22-rebound performance for the Bulls. Gray played four seasons collegiately at the University of Pittsburgh. He was named Big East Most Improved Player in 2005-06, upping his scoring and rebound averages from 4.3 points and 2.8 rebounds as a sophomore to 13.9 points and 10.5 rebounds in his junior season. He was an All-Big East First Team selection as a senior, posting averages of 13.9 points and 9.5 rebounds.

 Raptors Sign Free-Agent Guard John Lucas III

The Toronto Raptors announced Friday they have signed free-agent point guard John Lucas III. Per team policy, financial details were not disclosed. Lucas averaged career bests of 7.5 points, 2.2 assists, 1.6 rebounds and 14.8 minutes in a career-high 49 games with Chicago last season. He shot .393 from three-point range (27th in the NBA) and .875 at the charity stripe. He paced the Bulls in scoring six times and in assists on five occasions. He scored in double figures in 15 outings, including four games of 20-or-more points. He tallied a career-high 25 points in a career-best 46 minutes January 11 versus Washington. He equaled his career-high scoring outing with 25 points in the season finale, April 26 versus Cleveland. . Lucas has averaged 5.0 points, 1.4 assists and 11.1 minutes in 111 career regular season games. In seven career playoff outings, he has contributed 6.1 points, 1.3 assists and 14.6 minutes. Lucas, 5-foot-11, 165 pounds, played overseas from 2007-10. He appeared in 40 games with the Shanghai Dongfang Sharks in the 2009-10 season where he contributed 27.9 points, 4.9 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 42.3 minutes in 40 games. In 2008-09, Lucas split his time between Colorado in the NBA D-League and Spain’s Tau Ceramica. In the 2007-08 campaign, Lucas played for Benetton Treviso in Italy. Lucas began his NBA career with the Houston Rockets (2005-07). He played in 47 contests in the 2006-07 season and 13 games in 2005-06. Lucas finished his collegiate career at Oklahoma State after two seasons at Baylor. He was an All-Big 12 First Team selection as a junior and senior. He averaged 16.3 points and 4.3 assists in 68 games at Oklahoma State. Lucas is the son of John Lucas, Jr., former first overall pick of the Rockets in 1976.

 Raptors Sign Centre Jonas Valanciunas

The Toronto Raptors announced Wednesday they have signed centre Jonas Valanciunas (YO-nahs vah-lahn-CHEW-nahs) to his rookie scale contract. He is under contract through the 2013-14 season, with two team option years to follow. The Raptors selected the Lithuanian with the fifth overall pick of the 2011 NBA Draft. Per team policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.“We are very pleased to welcome Jonas to the organization,” said Raptors President and General Manager Bryan Colangelo. “We are certain that Raptors fans will soon realize that the year-long process was worth the wait.”Valanciunas, seven-foot, 250 pounds, averaged 14.2 points, 7.4 rebounds, 1.9  blocks and 23.5 minutes in 23 Lithuanian league contests this past season with Lietuvos Rytas. He scored in double figures in 17 games and grabbed double-digit totals in rebounds in seven outings. He had a season-best 25 points (8-10 FG) with 12 rebounds and a season-high six blocks November 12 against Pieno Zvaigzdes.Valanciunas was named 2011 FIBA Europe Young Men’s Player of the Year, earned the Eurocup Rising Star Trophy given to the most outstanding player under 22 and was presented the Lithuanian League All-Star Game Most Entertaining Player award.Valanciunas appeared in 84 games in the Lithuanian League in his three professional seasons, averaging 11.6 points, 6.9 rebounds and 1.7 blocks. He competed for his country in the 2011 U-19 World Championships, leading Lithuania to the gold medal. He averaged 23.0 points, 13.9 rebounds and 3.2 blocks en route to the Most Valuable Player award. He totaled 36 points, eight rebounds and four blocks in the championship game victory over Serbia.

 Raptors Rock Nets To End Season In Style

Your browser does not support iframes.Related: Box Score | Photo Gallery | Devlin & Casey | Magloire Thanks The Fans Top Plays: Alabi With The Flush | Solo Blocks Brooks | Anderson To Davis Post Game: Game Highlights | Dwane Casey | Ben Uzoh | Ed Davis | Amir Johnson | Jose CalderonApril 26, 2012 TORONTO (CP) The Toronto Raptors wrapped up another campaign to forget with a victory on Thursday -- something they couldn't get nearly enough of when it mattered this season. Ben Uzoh recorded Toronto's first triple-double in 11 years in the battle between bench players, with 12 points, 12 assists and 11 rebounds as the Raptors beat the New Jersey Nets 98-67. Solomon Alabi had 11 points and 19 boards for his first double-double, while Ed Davis scored a career high 24 points. Now the Raptors (23-43) head into the off-season to be playoff spectators for the fourth year in a row. Toronto native Jamaal Magloire took centre-court for the traditional season-ending shout-out to the fans, and promised a post-season appearance next year. ``We'd like to thank you guys for hanging with us through thick and thin I know it's been a turbulent year...'' Magloire said. ``I promise you we will get better... thank you from the bottom of our hearts, and continue continue continue to stick with us because we are going to improve and we are going to make the playoffs next year.'' Anthony Morrow and Armon Johnson scored 11 points apiece to top the Nets (22-44), who finished last in the Atlantic Division, one spot below Toronto. In a woeful finale between two teams with nothing to play for but draft lottery positioning, the Nets dressed eight players while Toronto played just seven. The same five Raptors played the entire second half. ``I just thanked all the guys for their effort,'' said Raptors coach Dwane Casey. ``This game was meaningless, but they came out and laid it on the line and played for 48 minutes.''   RAPTORS REMARKS...

 Undermanned Raptors Fall Apart In Fourth Against Bucks

Your browser does not support iframes.Related: Box Score | Photo Gallery Top Plays: JJ With The Big Block | Amir's Big Slam | JJ With The Hesitation Post Game: Game Highlights | Dwane Casey | James Johnson | Ben Uzoh | Alan AndersonApril 23, 2012 MILWAUKEE (CP)In the end, there wasn't anything Brandon Jennings, Monta Ellis or anybody else could do to save the Milwaukee Bucks' faint playoff hopes. Not even winning. Jennings scored 25 points in the Bucks' 92-86 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Monday, but Milwaukee's post-season fate had already been decided. The Philadelphia 76ers beat the New Jersey Nets earlier in the night, clinching the Eastern Conference's final playoff spot and eliminating the Bucks from contention. ``I'm disappointed -- very disappointed,'' Bucks coach Scott Skiles said. ``We didn't get done what we were expected to get done, so if everybody in there is not very, very disappointed, then we've got big problems.'' Ersan Ilyasova added 19 points and 15 rebounds for Milwaukee. Ellis played despite an injury to his shooting hand, scoring 17 points on 4-for-14 shooting. Skiles said he wasn't sure how badly the injury was bothering Ellis, but said the guard left the bench and went to the locker room with just over a minute left in the game. ``He battled through it tonight,'' Skiles said. ``But with like a minute to go, a minute-five, I guess, he said he couldn't go any more so he went in the locker room.'' James Johnson had 22 points and 13 rebounds for the Raptors, who have lost four straight games. Toronto's DeMar DeRozan was ejected in the second quarter after he was called for travelling and threw the ball down the court in protest.   RAPTORS REMARKS "“No matter how tough it gets, or how much frustration sets in, fatigue or whatever it is, you’ve got to buckle...

 Raptors Edged In Back-And-Forth Affair With Pistons

Your browser does not support iframes.Related: Box Score | Photo Gallery Top Plays: Gray To DeRozan | Davis Lefty Slam | Forbes To Davis | DeRozan Drive & Dunk Post Game: Game Highlights | Casey | Anderson | Kleiza | AlabiApril 22, 2012 AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (CP) Ben Gordon gave the Detroit Pistons a winning end to an otherwise ugly game. The Pistons shook off an awful first half and Gordon scored seven of their final eight points -- including the go-ahead basket -- to hang on for a 76-73 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Sunday night. Gordon's three-pointer with less than three minutes to play broke a 68-all tie and he added four subsequent free throws to keep Detroit ahead. He and rookie Brandon Knight each scored 19 points to help the Pistons end a two-game losing streak. ``Obviously all game was pretty much an ugly game,'' Gordon said. ``We just stuck it out and tried to be more persistent than they were.'' DeMar DeRozan had 16 to lead the Raptors, who lost their third straight. The Pistons couldn't celebrate the victory until Linas Kleiza's wide-open three-point attempt bounced off the rim as time expired. ``LK had a great look at the end of the game and that's all we can ask for,'' said Raptors coach Dwane Casey, who did not play DeRozan in the final quarter to give a handful of other players more minutes as his team plays out the final games of the season. Alan Anderson had two chances to give the Raptors the lead in the final 20 seconds but missed both shots. Gordon's three-pointer capped a second half that had 15 lead changes and five ties. Detroit turned 17 Raptors turnovers into 18 points and shot 20 per cent better from the field in the last 24 minutes.   RAPTORS REMARKS "You don't have to have a lot of skill to be a good defender. You have to have a lot of heart and want...

 Raptors Go Cold In Second Half Against Heat

Your browser does not support iframes.Related: Box Score | Photo Gallery Top Plays: Forbes Finds Davis | Anderson To The Bucket | DeRozan To The Rack | Alabi Cleans Up Post-Game: Game Highlights | Dwane Casey | DeRozan | Anderson | Ben Uzoh TORONTO (CP) LeBron James wants some rest. He also wants to play. For now, the desire to play seems to be stronger. And his MVP candidacy may be a beneficiary of that decision. James scored 28 points before taking the fourth quarter off, Mike Miller added 13 points and the Miami Heat continued tuning up for the post-season by pulling away in the second half to beat the Toronto Raptors 96-72 on Wednesday night. The Raptors tied a franchise-worst with 23 points in the second half -- matching what they managed in a first half against Washington in 2003 -- and Toronto coach Dwane Casey lauded Miami afterward. ``They play the right way,'' Casey said. ``They have the star power to do it. My hat's off to Miami. They're a great team. I'm going to enjoy watching them. I hope my guys were watching and learning and that they learned from tonight and how fast and how physical the game is for 48 minutes. Not 24 minutes -- 48 minutes.'' James made 12 of his 15 shots for Miami, which also got 10 points from Udonis Haslem. The Heat -- who can now finish no worse than No. 2 in the Eastern Conference -- played without Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, both given the night off for what Miami calls ``maintenance'' of some nagging aches and pains. James Johnson scored 18 points, Alan Anderson added 15 and DeMar DeRozan had 12 for Toronto, which fell for the sixth time in eight games. ``First half we brought the fight to them, let them know they were in a basketball game,'' Johnson said. ``In the second half, different story. They came out and brought the fight to us and they brought it good.'' Up next for Miami: A showdown at home against Chicago on Thursday night. The Bulls (47-15) hold a 2 1/2-game lead over the Heat (44-17) in the East...

 Raptors Fall To Hawks At ACC

Related: Box Score | Photo Gallery Top Plays: Johnson Taking It Strong | Back-To-Back Blocks From Davis and Alabi | Davis' Big Block | DeMar's Nice Finish | James Johnson Rocks The Rim Post Game: Dwane Casey | James Johnson | Amir Johnson | DeMar DeRozanApril 16, 2012 TORONTO (CP)Two up-tempo quarters left the short-handed Toronto Raptors with nothing in the tank for the second half, and the playoff-bound Atlanta Hawks made them pay. Jeff Teague had 19 points and 10 assists as Atlanta pulled away after the break en route to a 109-87 rout of the Raptors, earning a split of their home-and-home series. Teague torched the Raptors in the pivotal third quarter, scoring eight points and dishing out four helpers to help Atlanta pull away. The Hawks (36-25) cruised from there to remain tied for fifth place in the Eastern Conference with the Orlando Magic, who defeated the Philadelphia 76ers 113-100 earlier Monday. Ivan Johnson had a team-high 21 points off the bench and Joe Johnson added 18 in the victory, which officially secured the Hawks a post-season berth. DeMar DeRozan led the way with 22 points for the Raptors (22-40), who were coming off impressive wins over Boston and Atlanta and kept things close Monday before being overwhelmed by a healthier and more seasoned Hawks club. Toronto was playing without four of its veteran regulars, including leading scorer Andrea Bargnani and starting point guard Jose Calderon. Raptors head coach Dwane Casey suggested the demands of a condensed schedule, and roster to match, may finally be catching up with his team. "Our disposition was a little different (Monday) than it was (Sunday) for reasons I don't know," Casey said. "I thought we ran out of gas having a shortened roster."   RAPTORS REMARKS "Teams are...

 Raptors Keep It Rolling With Road Win Over Hawks

Related: Box Score | Photo Gallery | Blog: Top #RTZ Tweets Top Plays: Anderson Strikes Again | Good End To First Half | Davis The Trailer Post Game: Game Highlights | Casey | DeRozan | Anderson | J.Johnson | Uzoh | Anderson & Leo April 15, 2012 ATLANTA (CP) Long out of the playoff race, the Toronto Raptors are now playing the role of spoilers. DeMar DeRozan scored 23 points and the injury-riddled Raptors beat the Atlanta Hawks 102-86 on Sunday night for their second straight win over a playoff-bound team. Toronto coach Dwane Casey couldn't explain when asked how his team was managing to win now with three players on 10-day contracts while stars Andrea Bargnani, Jose Calderon and Jerryd Bayless are on the injury list. ``Believe me, if I knew I'd bottle it and we would've been doing it earlier in the year,'' Casey said. ``Guys are just playing the right way, playing together, playing with a purpose. You've got guys who don't want to go down without a fight.'' Alan Anderson added 16 points for the Raptors, who were coming off an 84-79 win against Boston on Friday. Ben Uzoh and rookie Justin Dentmon scored 10 points each. Anderson, Uzoh and Dentmon all have 10-day contracts that will expire Monday, when the teams play in Toronto. Toronto, which shot 55 per cent (41 for 74) from the field, never trailed and dealt Atlanta a big blow in its bid to get the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference. ``Very flat,'' said Hawks coach Larry Drew. ``The energy level was very low.''   RAPTORS REMARKS "Atlanta is one of the top teams in the NBA and we just came out tonight and outperformed them. What we’ve been fighting for all year is consistency, and tonight we played the right way and played together."-- Dwane Casey, on the win...

 Shorthanded Raptors Hang On To Sink Celtics

Your browser does not support iframes.Related: Box Score | Photo Gallery | Blog: Top #RTZ Tweets Top Plays: Anderson's Four-Point Play | Anderson's Big Block | Uzoh To Johnson Post Game: Game Highlights | Casey | DeRozan | Davis | Anderson | Uzoh | DentmonApril 13, 2012 TORONTO (CP) The Toronto Raptors want DeMar DeRozan to assume the role of fourth-quarter finisher. He played the part Friday night, shutting the door on one of the hottest teams in the NBA. DeRozan scored 13 of his game-high 22 points in the third quarter and added four crucial free throws in the final 30 seconds as the short-handed Raptors overcame a spirited Boston comeback on the way to an 84-79 win over the Celtics. With Toronto's 15-point edge whittled down to one, DeRozan drove baseline and collided hard with Celtics forward Paul Pierce, drawing the foul and nearly making the shot. He buried both free throws to put Toronto up three, then hit two more on the next possession as the Raptors (21-39) ended a four-game losing skid. ``I just try to be aggressive,'' DeRozan said. ``A couple plays I saw an opportunity to get to the basket and I did. I should have made it and had an and-one ... but that's what it's all about. Getting to the line and knocking down your free throws.'' DeRozan has been challenged by Raptors head coach Dwane Casey to take the ball to the rim more often, using his explosiveness off the dribble to generate some much-needed offence for a team sitting near the bottom of the NBA in points per game. While he struggled from the field against Boston -- shooting just 4-for-14 -- he made all 13 of his foul shots, highlighted by the four that effectively put the game away. ``My shots weren't falling so I tried to get some easy points, especially from the free-throw line,'' he said. Injuries to forward-centre Andrea Bargnani (strained left calf, out for season) and point guard Jose Calderon (swollen right eye, day-to-day) left the Raptors with NBA Development League...

 Raptors Games To Air On 610 CKTB

The Toronto Raptors announced Wednesday the following changes to their radio broadcast outlet for four upcoming games. The move accommodates the airing of Blue Jays games on Sportsnet 590 The FAN. DATE OPPONENT NEW STATION OLD STATION Friday, Apr. 13 vs. Boston Celtics Newstalk 610 CKTB Sportsnet 590 The FAN Wednesday, Apr. 18 at Miami Heat Newstalk 610 CKTB Sportsnet 590 The FAN Monday, Apr. 23 at Milwaukee Bucks Newstalk 610 CKTB Sportsnet 590 The FAN Thursday, Apr. 26 vs. New Jersey Nets Newstalk 610 CKTB Sportsnet 590 The FAN

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