April 18, 2002 |
Sam Cassell couldn't pull off what Joe Namath and Mark Messier did. Cassell guaranteed Tuesday that his Milwaukee Bucks would beat the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday and clinch an Eastern Conference playoff spot. Instead, the Bucks failed miserably, losing, 123-89, and were eliminated from the NBA playoff race after the Toronto Raptors, winning 12 of their final 14 games without the injured Vince Carter, and the Indiana Pacers clinched the final playoff berths with victories.
April 8, 2002 |
Somehow, the Toronto Raptors look unbeatable even without Vince Carter. Alvin Williams scored 26 points, and Antonio Davis had 21 as the surging Raptors moved into playoff position with a 94-84 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Sunday at Toronto. The Raptors, on a remarkable roll since losing Carter to a season-ending knee injury, set a franchise record with their eighth consecutive victory after losing 17 of 18. "This is amazing," said Davis, who also grabbed 10 rebounds.
October 12, 2007 |
Louis Bullock scored a game-high 27 points to help Real Madrid rally for a 104-103 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Thursday in an exhibition game at Madrid. Bullock made four free throws in the final nine seconds. Charles Smith, a former player with the Miami Heat and Clippers, finished with 18 points. The Raptors completed their European tour with a 1-2 record.
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.
January 16, 2006 |
Jalen Rose and the Toronto Raptors ended New York's winning streak with a club-record game. Rose had a season-high 31 points and the Raptors reached a franchise high in points, ending New York's six-game winning streak with a 129-103 victory Sunday at Toronto. The Raptors surpassed their previous record of 128 points -- done twice. Toronto also scored at least 30 points in all four quarters for the first time in team history. The Raptors shot 59%. Eddy Curry had 20 points for New York.
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.
July 4, 2009 |
Free-agent forward Hedo Turkoglu and the Portland Trail Blazers have ended contract talks, a person close to the team confirmed Friday. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the negotiations. Turkoglu's agent, Lon Babby, didn't immediately return calls or e-mails. The Oregonian newspaper reported that Toronto was Turkoglu's likely destination.
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.