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Sports Raptors win 50th for third straight year, set their sets on 60

05:36  14 march  2018
05:36  14 march  2018 Source:   thestar.com

Reserves come to the rescue in Raptors’ win over Hawks

  Reserves come to the rescue in Raptors’ win over Hawks Nothing really worked for the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday night. They couldn’t make a shot, they lacked intensity, and they played to the level of a weaker opponent.Then the bench happened.In the kind of game that pops up in the dog days of an NBA season, which they are surely in, the Raptors needed one shot of fourth-quarter adrenalin from their backup group to beat the Atlanta Hawks 106-90 at the Air Canada Centre.C.J. Miles made a couple of three-pointers, Jakob Poeltl and Pascal Siakam were energetic defensive presences and Delon Wright and Fred VanVleet took care of the backcourt duties to turn a one-point deficit at the end of third quarter into a 10-point lead with four minutes remaining

The Raptors overcame a torrid Nets start to reach the 50- win plateau for the third straight season. They ran their current win streak to nine games and moved four full games ahead of the second-place Boston Celtics in the NBA’s Eastern Conference. Fred VanVleet sparked a 15-0 Raptors run in the

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DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry, left, sparked a 9-0 run that gave Toronto a 12-point lead with two minutes left and sealed the victory.© Kathy Willens DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry, left, sparked a 9-0 run that gave Toronto a 12-point lead with two minutes left and sealed the victory.

If it was easy, it wouldn’t be as much fun.

Pushed to the limits by a hard-playing Brooklyn Nets team, the Toronto Raptors escaped the Barclays Center with a 116-102 victory on Tuesday night that was truly well earned.

The Raptors overcame a torrid Nets start to reach the 50-win plateau for the third straight season. They ran their current win streak to nine games and moved four full games ahead of the second-place Boston Celtics in the NBA’s Eastern Conference.

Playoff feel to Raptors’ wild win over Rockets at ACC

  Playoff feel to Raptors’ wild win over Rockets at ACC The first chants of “Let’s go, Raptors” began with the opening tip, a full Air Canada Centre house in full throat anticipating one of the marquee games of the NBA season. Coach Dwane Casey had called it “supreme competition,” while DeMar DeRozan had tabbed it a “true test” and the showdown with the Houston Rockets ramped up the intensity to near playoff-like levels.Then it turned into a battle of two of the NBA’s best teams that lived up to the hype.In a delightfully entertaining contest, Toronto ended Houston’s 17-game winning streak by registering an exhausting and stirring 108-105 win against the NBA’s top team.

Raptors win 50 th for third straight year , set their sights on 60 . But it wasn’t one of the new Pacers who dominated. It was 33- year -old Al Jefferson, who was only forced into a significant role because Sabonis was out and Myles Turner injured an ankle just before halftime.

Raptors win 50 th for third straight year , set their sets on 60 . The Toronto Raptors rallied late to get past the Indiana Pacers 106-99 for their 10 th straight victory.

Fred VanVleet sparked a 15-0 Raptors run in the third quarter that got them back in the game, and C.J. Miles made three three-pointers in the fourth quarter as Toronto rallied for a seventh straight road win. DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry sparked a 9-0 run that gave Toronto a 12-point lead with two minutes left and sealed the victory.

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And now that the Raptors have reached 50 wins at the earliest point in any season, they have their sights on 60, which would require a 10-5 end to the regular season.

“It’s never been done (in Toronto),” DeMar DeRozan said earlier. “Not many people get the opportunity to win 60-plus games. We came close a couple years ago, that’s big.

Raptors roll over Knicks for 8th-straight win

  Raptors roll over Knicks for 8th-straight win Raptors roll over Knicks for 8th-straight win The Raptors had no letdown after edging the NBA-leading Houston Rockets on Friday in a matchup of the No. 1 teams in each conference, leading much of the game even with All-Star DeMar DeRozan shooting just 4 for 16 for nine points.

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Raptors win 50 th for third straight year , set their sets on 60 . Watching the Golden State Warriors play the Houston Rockets in Game 1 (Before you say Toronto, look, internally the Raptors admit their championship this year would have been reaching the NBA final.

“On top of that, you’ve got to prove why you’re a 60-win team. As long as you continue to do what we need to do, hopefully we can get there.”

Jonas Valanciunas, dominating a small-ball Nets lineup, had 26 points and 14 rebounds to lead Toronto while DeRozan had 15 and Lowry added 11 points and 11 assists.

Brooklyn’s D’Angelo Russell put on an astonishing shooting display in the first quarter, making seven straight three-pointers and scoring 24 points in the first eight minutes of the game. The Nets made two other threes in the first and the nine were the most ever given up in a quarter to a Toronto opponent.

Russell, who didn’t make another three the rest of the night, finished with 32 points.

Despite that hot start — Brooklyn scored 40 points in the first quarter — the Raptors bench pulled Toronto into a one-point lead in the second quarter before the starters returned and played them in a 67-57 halftime deficit.

The Nets, who take the second most three-pointers per game in the league, made no secret of how they wanted to play, starting a small lineup with nominal small forward Dante Cunningham starting at centre.

And as well as Toronto did running the Houston Rockets off the three-point line and staying with shooters on Friday, they failed miserably trying to have the same discipline on Tuesday.

Toronto Raptors rally late to defeat Nets .
Toronto Raptors rally late to defeat NetsThe two Toronto stars combined for 21 points in the final quarter.

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