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NBA champion Raptors to open for solo workouts

May 09, 2020 - 1:33 PM

While the NBA allows as many as 4 players at one time in practice facilities, the Raptors say they will allow only one player at a time into their building

SHUTDOWN. Pascal Siakam and the Raptors owned the third-best record in the NBA when the league went on hiatus. File photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFP

Life in Toronto during a pandemic: Excerpts from a COVID-19 lockdown diary

May 02, 2020 - 6:34 PM

We brace ourselves for what will come. But we are bottle-ready, with our alcohol spray and hand sanitizer.

CLOSED. An off-leash dog park, which was closed March 23, 2020, when a lockdown was imposed in Ontario to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Photo by Marites Sison

Raptors test negative for coronavirus, one result pending

Mar 14, 2020 - 1:06 PM

The Toronto Raptors continue to practice health protocols as the reigning champions recently saw action with two Jazz players who contracted the virus

PRECAUTION. The Raptors continue to practice health protocols as the reigning champions recently saw action with two Jazz players who contracted the virus.Photo by  Streeter Lecka/Getty Images/AFP

Curry returns, but Raptors still trounce Warriors

Mar 06, 2020 - 3:08 PM

Steph Curry sees action for the Warriors for the first time after missing 58 straight NBA games

FOR NAUGHT. Steph Curry sees his all-around production for the Warriors go down the drain. Photo from Twitter/@NBA

Hornets sting defending champ Raptors in wild finish

Feb 29, 2020 - 4:34 PM

Terry Rozier comes through the clutch for the Hornets in Toronto

Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images/AFP

Giannis on target as Bucks down Raptors for 50th win

Feb 26, 2020 - 2:54 PM

Assured of a playoff berth, the Bucks roll past the Raptors in a potential preview of the Eastern Conference Finals

MEAN MACHINE. MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo (right) unleashes another double-double against Pascal Siakam and the Raptors. Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFP

Raptors rout Suns; Pacers hold on to beat Knicks

Feb 22, 2020 - 3:35 PM

'I just feel energized,' says Pascal Siakam as the Raptors roll to their 16th win in the last 17 games

ON FIRE. Pascal Siakam pumps in a double-double for the red-hot Raptors. Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFP

Defending champions Raptors stretch winning streak to 15

Feb 11, 2020 - 4:06 PM

'I think these guys have proven enough that they can win' says Raptors coach Nick Nurse after their 15th straight win

BREAKOUT. Pascal Siakam leads the Toronto Raptors with 34 points. File photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFP

Raptors escape Nets to extend club-best winning streak

Feb 09, 2020 - 2:18 PM

The reigning champions stay on a roll as the Raptors stretch their winning run to 14 games

IN CHARGE. Fred VanVleet (right) takes over in the final quarter. Photo from Toronto Raptors

Streaking Raptors beat Pacers, Celtics down Hawks

Feb 08, 2020 - 5:34 PM

The Raptors notch a franchise-record 13th straight win as they beat the Pacers for the second time in 3 days

HOT STREAK. Serge Ibaka and the Raptors have not lost a game since January 15. Photo from Twitter/@Raptors

Ibaka sparks Raptors over Pacers for 12th straight win

Feb 06, 2020 - 4:50 PM

The reigning NBA champion Raptors record a franchise record 12th straight triumph after escaping the Pacers by a point

ESCAPE ACT. Serge Ibaka and the Raptors survive a thriller against the Pacers. Photo by Tannen Maury/EPA-EFE

NBA injuries hit Celtics' Walker, Kanter, Raptors' Powell

Feb 02, 2020 - 11:27 PM

Despite losing their key players, the Celtics and the Raptors both have impressive records in the Eastern Conference

OUT. Kemba Walker will miss a couple of games for the Celtics. Photo from Instagram/@celtics

Raptors hold off Cavs, extend win streak to 9 games

Jan 31, 2020 - 1:16 PM

Kyle Lowry and Pascal Siakam team up for 42 points as reigning NBA champion Toronto Raptors stretch their season-best winning streak

ON A ROLL. Kyle Lowry and the Raptors stay inside the top two in the East. Photo by Kathryn Riley/Getty Images/AFP

WATCH: Raptors-Spurs honor Kobe Bryant in NBA game after his death

Jan 27, 2020 - 6:01 AM

The Raptors and the Spurs take 24-second shot clock violations to start their game. Bryant wore No. 24 for half of his storied NBA career with the Los Angeles Lakers.

GONE TOO SOON. The NBA mourns the death of icon Kobe Bryant. File photo by Emmanuel Dunand/AFP

Trae Young erupts for 42 points in loss to Raptors

Jan 21, 2020 - 12:13 PM

Defending champions Toronto Raptors escape the Hawks' Trae Young-led surge

KEY PLAYER. Trae Young scores more than 40 points for the seventh time this season. Photo by Paul Mata/Rappler

Raptors tie franchise points mark with rout of Wizards

Jan 18, 2020 - 12:53 PM

The Raptors cruise to their seventh straight win over the Wizards behind 7 players scoring in double figures

WINNING STREAK. Marc Gasol and the Raptors reassert their mastery over the Wizards. Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFP

Anger and grief as Canada remembers Iran plane crash victims

Jan 13, 2020 - 1:08 PM

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tells a memorial event in Edmonton that 'this tragedy struck our Iranian-Canadian community, leaving cities like Edmonton reeling, but this was truly a Canadian tragedy'

GRIEF. Mourners place flowers by photos of the victims in front of the stage before the start of a memorial service for the Ukrainian Airlines flight PS752 who crashed in Iran at the Saville Community Sports Centre in Edmonton, Canada on January 12, 2020. Photo by Walter Tychnowicz/AFP

Vintage Melo grabs winner as Blazers stun Raptors

Jan 08, 2020 - 12:02 PM

Carmelo Anthony knocks in the game-clincher as the Trail Blazers rally from a double-digit deficit against the defending champions

CLUTCH. Carmelo Anthony lifts the Trail Blazers to a road-game upset win. Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images/AFP

Heat beat injury-hit defending champ Raptors

Jan 03, 2020 - 1:18 PM

Jimmy Butler and the Heat hold the Raptors to their lowest scoring total in more than 4 years

HOT HEAT. Jimmy Butler drop all-around numbers to help the Heat stay on a roll. Photo from Miami Heat

Gilgeous-Alexander hits winner as Thunder roll over Raptors

Dec 30, 2019 - 11:32 AM

The red-hot Thunder take down the defending champions behind Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Chris Paul

SHOWSTOPPER. Canadian Shai Gilgeous-Alexander delivers a career-best game right at home. Photo from OKC Thunder

Lowry, Raptors avenge Christmas Day loss to Celtics

Dec 29, 2019 - 12:58 PM

The Raptors get their way this time as the defending champions and the Celtics clash for the second time in less than 72 hours

PAYBACK. Kyle Lowry and the Raptors get their revenge over Jayson Tatum and the Celtics despite missing 3 key players. Photo from NBA

Toronto's old streetcars, a symbol of city, leave the rails

Dec 26, 2019 - 7:30 PM

Toronto is one of the rare major cities in North America, along with San Francisco, to have maintained major tramway networks

Two streetcars, an old model (L) and a newer one, pass each other in Toronto, Canada, December 7, 2019. - The last of the historic and iconic old trams of the Canadian metropolis will be replaced by newer, sleeker and more spacious cars by the end of the calendar year. Streetcars have been part of the Toronto landscape since the 19th century and continue to be a main mode of public transportation in this city. (Photo by OLIVIER MONNIER / AFP)

Celtics spoil Raptors’ Christmas party

Dec 26, 2019 - 10:04 AM

Boston snaps an eight-game losing streak in Toronto as the Celtics rip the defending champions in the first NBA Christmas game in Canada

TORONTO, ON - DECEMBER 25: Terence Davis II #0 of the Toronto Raptors dribbles the ball as Gordon Hayward #20 of the Boston Celtics defends during the second half of an NBA game at Scotiabank Arena on December 25, 2019 in Toronto, Canada. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images/AFP

Holiday shines as Pacers edge Raptors in OT

Dec 24, 2019 - 3:00 PM

Aaron Holiday and the Pacers halt the Raptors' five-game winning streak

RISING STAR. Aaron Holiday comes up big for the Pacers. Photo from Instagram/@pacers

Defending champions Raptors stage epic rally over Dallas

Dec 23, 2019 - 4:03 PM

The Raptors make the first fightback from 30 points down since Sacramento against Chicago 10 years ago

KEY PLAYER. Kyle Lowry scores 20 of his 32 points in the 4th quarter alone. File photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFP

Raptors' Siakam, Gasol sidelined indefinitely

Dec 21, 2019 - 10:59 AM

Both Pascal Siakam and Marc Gasol suffer injuries from the Toronto Raptors' win over the Pistons

SIDELINED. Defending champions Toronto Raptors will miss the services of Marc Gasol (left) and Pascal Siakam. Photos by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFP

Westbrook triple-double fuels Rockets over Raptors

Dec 06, 2019 - 4:31 PM

Ben McLemore unloads a season-high 28 points in helping the Houston Rockets blast the Toronto Raptors

TD NIGHT. File photo Russell Westbrook of the Houston Rockets during a game against  the Los Angeles Clippers. Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images/AFP

Raptors stop streaking Lakers, put to waste another LeBron triple-double

Nov 11, 2019 - 1:29 PM

The defending champion Raptors pull off the victory even without injured stars Kyle Lowry and Serge Ibaka behind 6 players finishing in double figures

BACK TO REALITY. LeBron James and the Lakers see their seven-game winning streak snapped. Photo from Twitter/@Lakers

Raptors lose Lowry for two weeks, Ibaka indefinitely

Nov 10, 2019 - 5:05 PM

The defending champion Toronto Raptors face the LA Lakers next minus team stars Kyle Lowry and Serge Ibaka

Photo by Kathryn Riley/AFP

Bucks trounce Raptors behind Antetokounmpo near triple-double

Nov 03, 2019 - 1:24 PM

The Bucks exact revenge on defending champion Raptors in their first meeting since the Eastern Conference finals last season

DO-IT-ALL. Giannis Antetokounmpo looks determined to retain his MVP award this season. Photo from Twitter/@NBA

Golden State Warriors end skid for 1st win

Oct 29, 2019 - 12:11 PM

The Warriors bounce back against the New Orleans Pelicans for a breakthrough win this season

FIRST WIN. The Golden State Warriors score a breakthrough win after dropping their first two games of the season. Photo from NBA Twitter

Defending champions Raptors claw Pelicans in OT as NBA kicks off

Oct 23, 2019 - 11:21 AM

Pascal Siakam and the Raptors prove well-capable of winning following the departure of Kawhi Leonard

NOT THIS TIME. Pascal Siakam and the Raptors deny Brandon Ingram a winning debut for the Pelicans. Photo by Vaughn Ridley/AFP

Siakam signs four-year maximum NBA deal with Raptors

Oct 20, 2019 - 5:48 PM

Expect Cameroonian forward Pascal Siakam to play a major role again in the Raptors' title defense

Controversy-hit Rockets beat Raptors in Japan preseason game

Oct 10, 2019 - 11:04 PM

The Rockets split their preseason games with the NBA champion Raptors in a Japan tour overshadowed by the controversial tweet of Houston's general manager

Russell Westbrook picks up his first preseason victory with the Rockets. Photo by AFP

NBA champion Raptors trip Rockets in Japan preseason game

Oct 09, 2019 - 10:08 AM

The Raptors spoil the Harden-Westbrook Rockets debut in a Japan preseason game overshadowed by the NBA's China furor

HOT START. Raptors guard Fred VanVleet takes a shot in front of Rockets stars James Harden (left) and Russell Westbrook in their NBA preseason basketball game in Saitama. Photo by Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

NBA champion Raptors, Lowry agree on $31M one-year deal

Oct 08, 2019 - 12:24 PM

Kyle Lowry's deal with the Raptors produces the largest salary cap hit for an NBA player who will be 34 or older

EXTENDED. Kyle Lowry stays with the 2019 NBA champions Toronto Raptors for another year. File photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images/AFP

NBA champion Raptors launch branded sports hijab

Sep 15, 2019 - 11:57 AM

The Hijabi Ballers project, based in the Greater Toronto Area, seeks to recognize and celebrate the athleticism of Muslim girls and women

CHAMPION BRAND. The Toronto Raptors help raise awareness of Muslim women athletes. Screenshot from Twitter (@raptors)

Jamie Foxx, Michael B. Jordan tackle Deep South racism in Oscar-tipped film

Sep 08, 2019 - 5:00 PM

The two star in 'Just Mercy,' based on the story of a black man put on death row in Alabama in 1988 for the murder of a young white woman he did not commit

Raptors’ Lowry withdraws from US World Cup team

Aug 13, 2019 - 10:41 AM

Kyle Lowry sits out of the FIBA World Cup as he continues to recover from his left thumb surgery

RECOVERY. Kyle Lowry supports the US FIBA World Cup team from home. File photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images/AFP

Serena powers past No. 1-bound Osaka in Toronto

Aug 10, 2019 - 10:02 AM

Naomi Osaka won't be pairing her No. 1 world ranking with a title as Serena Williams avenges her controversial US Open final loss

ALL GOOD. There’s no drama this time as Serena Williams (right) beats Naomi Osaka for the first time in 3 meetings. Photo from WTA

Serena, Osaka book US Open final rematch in Toronto

Aug 09, 2019 - 1:12 PM

'I've been actually looking forward to playing her for a while,' Serena Williams on facing Naomi Osaka for the first time since their controversial US Open title match

TAKE TWO. Naomi Osaka (left) says she's excited to face her idol Serena Williams again despite their ugly first meeting. Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images for USTA/AFP

'Linsanity’ star Jeremy Lin in tears as he hits ‘rock bottom’

Jul 30, 2019 - 5:05 PM

'Free agency has been tough because I feel like in some ways the NBA has kind of given up on me,' says veteran Jeremy Lin

LINSANITY. Jeremy Lin breaks down in tears because of free agency frustrations. Photo from Instagram (@jlin7)

WATCH: Kawhi hilariously thanks Raptors, Toronto

Jul 26, 2019 - 2:47 PM

Now a member of the Clippers, Kawhi Leonard looks back at everything the Raptors and the city of Toronto did for him

BOARD MAN. In arguably the most productive one-and-done season in the NBA, Kawhi Leonard leads the Raptors to their maiden title. Photo from NBA's Twitter account (@NBA)

Gasol takes $25.6M option, returns to NBA champ Raptors

Jun 27, 2019 - 12:58 PM

After getting traded late last season, Marc Gasol signs with the Raptors for one full year

TORONTO, ONTARIO - JUNE 10: Marc Gasol #33 of the Toronto Raptors is defended by DeMarcus Cousins #0 of the Golden State Warriors in the second half during Game Five of the 2019 NBA Finals at Scotiabank Arena on June 10, 2019 in Toronto, Canada. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images/AFP

Raptors president Ujiri confident Kawhi will stay

Jun 26, 2019 - 3:03 PM

Even if Kawhi Leonard checks out the free agent market first, Raptors president Masai Ujiri believes the star forward will stay with the NBA champions

INTACT. The Raptors hope to bring Kawhi Leonard and the entire champion roster back. Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP

Siakam named NBA Most Improved Player

Jun 25, 2019 - 10:31 AM

Pascal Siakam, who helped the Toronto Raptors capture their maiden NBA championship, becomes the first player in franchise history to win the award

MOST IMPROVED. Pascal Siakam made leaps and bounds in his best NBA season so far. File photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFP

LOOK: Stars and laughs highlight Toronto Raptors championship parade

Jun 18, 2019 - 4:47 PM

Check out the joyous scenes that celebrate Toronto's first NBA championship

LAST LAUGH. Kawhi Leonard gets the last laugh which won over the hearts of many. Photo from Toronto Raptors' Twitter

Shooting at rally mars Raptors celebration of NBA crown

Jun 18, 2019 - 11:02 AM

Gunshots briefly halt the victory rally at the jam-packed square

MEMORABLE CROWD. The Toronto Raptors star in the victory celebration attended by one million people. Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images North America/AFP

Raptors coach Nurse to guide Canada in FIBA World Cup

Jun 17, 2019 - 10:56 AM

After leading the Raptors to an NBA title as a rookie coach, Nick Nurse will test his mettle in the international scene

ONE OF A FEW. Nick Nurse becomes the ninth rookie coach in NBA history to steer a team to a championship. Photo from

FAST FACTS: Canada and its love affair with basketball

Jun 16, 2019 - 10:11 AM

For a country where the sport's inventor was born and where the first NBA game was held, the Toronto Raptors capturing their first title is a significant moment

TRUST THE KLAW. Kawhi Leonard helps bring to Toronto the Raptors' maiden championship in franchise history. Photo from Toronto Raptors' Twitter account (@Raptors)