May 2, 2007 |
Jose Calderon scored a career-high 25 points, Andrea Bargnani added 18 and the Toronto Raptors avoided elimination Tuesday night with a 98-96 victory over the New Jersey Nets in the best-of-seven first-round playoff series. The Nets lead the series, 3-2. Toronto point guard T.J. Ford left after colliding with New Jersey's Vince Carter in the first quarter. Ford suffered what team officials called a "stinger." Calderon, Ford's backup, rolled an ankle in the final minutes.
December 16, 2004 |
Kevin Garnett didn't like it when Matt Bonner took him down and celebrated, so Garnett went after him. Chris Bosh came within one point and one rebound of career highs with 24 points and 14 rebounds in Toronto's 96-90 victory over the visiting Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday, in a game where the Raptors' Bonner was ejected for flagrantly fouling Garnett. Toronto ended a seven-game losing streak.
January 15, 2003 |
A couple of pickups from the National Basketball Development League stunned Michael Jordan into silence. Rafer Alston and Damone Brown, both playing on 10-day contracts from that league, had 13 points apiece, and Alston added 11 assists as the Toronto Raptors upset the Wizards, 84-75, Tuesday night at Washington. Jerome Williams scored 14 points and had 20 rebounds, and Morris Peterson had 21 points for the Raptors, who dressed only eight players because of injuries.
February 19, 1996 |
The New York Knicks continued to reshape their roster and create possible salary cap maneuverability for next season on Sunday, completing a four-player trade with the Toronto Raptors. The deal sends Doug Christie and Herb Williams to the Raptors for Willie Anderson and Victor Alexander, both in the final year of their contracts. If the Knicks chose not to re-sign the players, it would free money under the salary cap.
November 21, 2005 |
Life is a lot more enjoyable for the Toronto Raptors now that they have finally won a game. "Everyone likes each other again," said a chuckling Mike James after the host Raptors used a late 18-2 run to beat the Miami Heat, 107-94, on Sunday to end Toronto's worst losing streak to start a season at nine. Chris Bosh had a season-high 27 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Raptors. Dwyane Wade had 33 points, nine assists and eight rebounds for the Heat.
February 4, 1997 |
The on-again, off-again arena partnership in Toronto between the NBA's Raptors and the NHL's Maple Leafs is off again as the Raptors announced that they will build a 20,000-seat arena on their own at a long-ago purchased site near the city's waterfront. Construction is to begin Wednesday. It is scheduled to be finished in February 1999--two years later than originally proposed. The hockey club didn't like the Raptors' site, nor its design, which will provide better sightlines for basketball. . .
April 2, 2004 |
Glen Grunwald was fired as general manager by the Toronto Raptors on Thursday with two weeks left in a second consecutive losing season. Grunwald, the Raptors' general manager for seven seasons, was replaced in the interim by Jack McCloskey, a former general manager of the Detroit Pistons. Team President Richard Peddie said the new general manager will decide if Coach Kevin O'Neill returns. Grunwald's contract expires at the end of this season.
July 12, 2001 |
Antonio Davis and the Toronto Raptors agreed to a five-year deal worth more than $60 million, his agent said. The agreement--which cannot be signed until Wednesday, the first day of the free-agent signing period--allows the team to hang on to a coveted free agent after last season's high-profile defection of Tracy McGrady to the Orlando Magic. It also should help the Raptors re-sign superstar Vince Carter, who will be a free agent after next season, agent Bill Duffy said.
January 28, 2002 |
Vince Carter took pleasure in beating Tracy McGrady. Carter outscored his cousin and former teammate by five points as the Raptors ended Orlando's three-game winning streak with a 106-97 victory over the Magic on Sunday at Toronto. "I look forward to playing against him," said Carter, who scored 32 points. "You want to play well just because of who it is. Sometimes with other guys, you know you have to do it, but it really doesn't mean anything."
December 9, 1996 |
Not many teams have defeated the Houston Rockets and the Chicago Bulls in the same season, let alone in consecutive home games. The Toronto Raptors did just that during a seven-day period. Taking advantage of costly technical fouls against Dennis Rodman and Michael Jordan, the Raptors handed the Bulls their second consecutive loss, 97-89, Sunday before 33,385 fans in Toronto.