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Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan, left, drive over Brooklyn Nets forward Andray Blatche, bottom, to score during second half NBA playoff basketball action in Toronto on Tuesday, April 22, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Toronto Raptors star DeMar DeRozan shows he can rise to playoff occasion

TORONTO - After a wobbly playoff debut, Raptors star DeMar DeRozan returned to attack mode for Game 2 against the Brooklyn Nets. The 24-year-old Toronto guard had just 14 points in Game 1, with eight of those coming from the free throw line, in a 94-87 loss to visiting Brooklyn that saw DeRozan miss 10 of 13 shots. On Tuesday, a different DeRozan took the court. The Raptors will need more of th…

  • San Antonio Spurs' Tony Parker (9), of France, shoots over a falling Dallas Mavericks' Monta Ellis, left, as Mavericks' DeJuan Blair (45) looks on during the first half of Game 2 of the opening-round NBA basketball playoff series, Wednesday, April 23, 2014, in San Antonio. Parker was called for charging on the play. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
    Ellis helps Mavericks cruise past Spurs 113-92 to even series at 1 game apiece The Canadian Press - 12 hours ago

    SAN ANTONIO - Blowing their playoff opener turned out to be great therapy for the Dallas Mavericks. Eighth-seeded Dallas rolled to a 113-92 victory over San Antonio … More »Ellis helps Mavericks cruise past Spurs 113-92 to even series at 1 game apiece

    San Antonio Spurs' Tony Parker (9), of France, shoots over a falling Dallas Mavericks' Monta Ellis, left, as Mavericks' DeJuan Blair (45) looks on during the first half of Game 2 of the opening-round NBA basketball playoff series, Wednesday, April 23, 2014, in San Antonio. Parker was called for charging on the play. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

    SAN ANTONIO - Blowing their playoff opener turned out to be great therapy for the Dallas Mavericks. Eighth-seeded Dallas rolled to a 113-92 victory over San Antonio on Wednesday night, snapping a 10-game skid against the Spurs and evening their first-round series at a game apiece. Dallas didn't relent in Game 2 after …

  • Miami Heat's LeBron James (6) grabs his neck after being elbowed by Charlotte Bobcats' Josh McRoberts during the second half in Game 2 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series, Wednesday, April 23, 2014, in Miami. The Heat defeated the Bobcats 101-97. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
    Heat escape: Miami goes up 2-0 in East 1st-round series, tops Charlotte 101-97 The Canadian Press - 14 hours ago

    MIAMI - LeBron James drove to the rim as time was winding down, got clobbered by Josh McRoberts and sat on the hardwood gathering himself for a few seconds afterward. … More »Heat escape: Miami goes up 2-0 in East 1st-round series, tops Charlotte 101-97

    Miami Heat's LeBron James (6) grabs his neck after being elbowed by Charlotte Bobcats' Josh McRoberts during the second half in Game 2 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series, Wednesday, April 23, 2014, in Miami. The Heat defeated the Bobcats 101-97. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

    MIAMI - LeBron James drove to the rim as time was winding down, got clobbered by Josh McRoberts and sat on the hardwood gathering himself for a few seconds afterward. Miami took Charlotte's best shot, and survived. James scored 32 points and added eight assists, Chris Bosh scored 20 points and the Heat wasted two big leads …

  • FILE - This May 7, 2013, file photo, shows a house where three women, Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight, who went missing separately about a decade ago, escaped from captivity in Cleveland. Attorneys for two women held in the Cleveland home and abused for a decade say comedian Joan Rivers should apologize for comparing living in her daughter's guest room with the captivity they experienced. Rivers and her daughter were discussing their reality show Tuesday, April 22, 2014, on NBC's "Today" show when she complained about her living arrangements, saying, "Those women in the basement in Cleveland had more space." (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)
    Attorneys for 2 Ohio women held captive say Joan Rivers should apologize for hurtful comment The Canadian Press - 15 hours ago

    CLEVELAND - Attorneys for two women held in a Cleveland home and abused for a decade say Joan Rivers should apologize for comparing living in her daughter's guest room … More »Attorneys for 2 Ohio women held captive say Joan Rivers should apologize for hurtful comment

    FILE - This May 7, 2013, file photo, shows a house where three women, Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight, who went missing separately about a decade ago, escaped from captivity in Cleveland. Attorneys for two women held in the Cleveland home and abused for a decade say comedian Joan Rivers should apologize for comparing living in her daughter's guest room with the captivity they experienced. Rivers and her daughter were discussing their reality show Tuesday, April 22, 2014, on NBC's "Today" show when she complained about her living arrangements, saying, "Those women in the basement in Cleveland had more space." (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)

    CLEVELAND - Attorneys for two women held in a Cleveland home and abused for a decade say Joan Rivers should apologize for comparing living in her daughter's guest room with the captivity they experienced. Rivers and her daughter were discussing their reality show Tuesday on NBC's "Today" show when she complained about …

  • New York Knicks forward Anthony slam dunks in front of Indiana Pacers forward George in second half NBA game in New York
    Knicks looking for hometown discount from Anthony Reuters - 18 hours ago

    Potential free agent Carmelo Anthony will be asked to give the New York Knicks a discount on his next contract in order to help build a title contender, team president … More »Knicks looking for hometown discount from Anthony

    New York Knicks forward Anthony slam dunks in front of Indiana Pacers forward George in second half NBA game in New York

    Potential free agent Carmelo Anthony will be asked to give the New York Knicks a discount on his next contract in order to help build a title contender, team president Phil Jackson said on Wednesday. Anthony, who finished the 2013-14 NBA season second on the scoring list with an average of 27.4 points a game and was one …

  • NBA-Knicks looking for hometown discount from Anthony Reuters - 18 hours ago

    Potential free agent Carmelo Anthony will be asked to give the New York Knicks a discount on his next contract in order to help build a title contender, team president … More »NBA-Knicks looking for hometown discount from Anthony

    Potential free agent Carmelo Anthony will be asked to give the New York Knicks a discount on his next contract in order to help build a title contender, team president Phil Jackson said on Wednesday. Anthony, who finished the 2013-14 NBA season second on the scoring list with an average of 27.4 points a game and was one …

  • Basketball-Maccabi join Barcelona in Euroleague Final Four Reuters - 20 hours ago

    Former Euroleague winners Maccabi Tel Aviv reached the competition's May 16-18 Final Four after a 86-66 home win over Emporio Armani Milan on Wednesday completed a 3-1 … More »Basketball-Maccabi join Barcelona in Euroleague Final Four

    Former Euroleague winners Maccabi Tel Aviv reached the competition's May 16-18 Final Four after a 86-66 home win over Emporio Armani Milan on Wednesday completed a 3-1 victory in their best-of-five quarter-final series. Maccabi, who have four Euroleague titles, joined Barcelona in the showpiece event in Milan after the …

  • After winning at home,Toronto Raptors ready to take playoff battle to Brooklyn The Canadian Press - 20 hours ago

    TORONTO - The Raptors have talked the talk. Now they have to walk the walk in Brooklyn. Toronto backed up their GM's two-word foray into the world of trash-talk by … More »After winning at home,Toronto Raptors ready to take playoff battle to Brooklyn

    TORONTO - The Raptors have talked the talk. Now they have to walk the walk in Brooklyn. Toronto backed up their GM's two-word foray into the world of trash-talk by evening their first-round playoff series with the Nets at one game apiece via a 100-95 win Tuesday night. The series now switches to the Barclays Center in …

  • FACTBOX-Best and worst sporting comebacks Reuters - 21 hours ago

    For as long as sport has been played, athletes have been retiring and making comebacks. With American Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time, about … More »FACTBOX-Best and worst sporting comebacks

    For as long as sport has been played, athletes have been retiring and making comebacks. With American Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time, about to make his return to the swimming pool, Reuters looks back at some of the most successful and least successful sporting comebacks. Niki Lauda Lauda won …

  • Raptors' new attitude a hit with fans CBC - 21 hours ago

    With the Raptors returning to the playoffs after a long absence, and a slick new ad touting their outsider status, Toronto fans are backing the NBA team with an enthusiasm … More »Raptors' new attitude a hit with fans

    With the Raptors returning to the playoffs after a long absence, and a slick new ad touting their outsider status, Toronto fans are backing the NBA team with an enthusiasm usually reserved for the more popular Maple Leafs.

  • NBA: Phoenix Suns at Dallas Mavericks
    Suns' Dragic voted league's most improved player Reuters - Wed, 23 Apr, 2014

    (Reuters) - Phoenix Suns guard Goran Dragic, whose breakout campaign helped his team to a 23-win improvement, was named the National Basketball Association's most improved … More »Suns' Dragic voted league's most improved player

    NBA: Phoenix Suns at Dallas Mavericks

    (Reuters) - Phoenix Suns guard Goran Dragic, whose breakout campaign helped his team to a 23-win improvement, was named the National Basketball Association's most improved player, the league said on Wednesday. Dragic received 408 of a possible 1,134 points, including 65 first-place votes, from a panel of 126 sportswriters …

  • NBA-Suns' Dragic voted league's most improved player Reuters - Wed, 23 Apr, 2014

    Phoenix Suns guard Goran Dragic, whose breakout campaign helped his team to a 23-win improvement, was named the National Basketball Association's most improved player, … More »NBA-Suns' Dragic voted league's most improved player

    Phoenix Suns guard Goran Dragic, whose breakout campaign helped his team to a 23-win improvement, was named the National Basketball Association's most improved player, the league said on Wednesday. Dragic received 408 of a possible 1,134 points, including 65 first-place votes, from a panel of 126 sportswriters and broadcasters …

  • UPDATE 1-NBA-Highlights of Tuesday's NBA playoff games Reuters - Wed, 23 Apr, 2014

    April 22 (The Sports Xchange) - Highlights of Tuesday's National Basketball Association playoff games - - - - Pacers 101, Hawks 85 Paul George scored a game-high 27 … More »UPDATE 1-NBA-Highlights of Tuesday's NBA playoff games

    April 22 (The Sports Xchange) - Highlights of Tuesday's National Basketball Association playoff games - - - - Pacers 101, Hawks 85 Paul George scored a game-high 27 points and the top-seeded Indiana Pacers recovered from their first game loss to tie their first-round playoff series against Atlanta at 1-1. Luis Scola …

  • Nets look for positives as Raps even series ahead of switch to Brooklyn The Canadian Press - Wed, 23 Apr, 2014

    TORONTO - Brooklyn coach Jason Kidd tried to see the positives of the Nets' 100-95 Game 2 loss to Toronto. They went in more for Toronto in the fourth quarter Tuesday … More »Nets look for positives as Raps even series ahead of switch to Brooklyn

    TORONTO - Brooklyn coach Jason Kidd tried to see the positives of the Nets' 100-95 Game 2 loss to Toronto. They went in more for Toronto in the fourth quarter Tuesday night. The Raptors shot 75 per cent — 12-of-16 — in the final 12 minutes to even the NBA playoff series. After trailing 45-39 at the half, the Nets stepped …

  • Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan celebrates during the second half of the Raptors 100-95 win over the Brooklyn Nets in NBA first round playoff action in Toronto on Tuesday, April 22, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn
    DeRozan scores 30 points and Raptors beat Nets 100-95 to even up series The Canadian Press - Wed, 23 Apr, 2014

    TORONTO - When the Toronto Raptors gathered in a timeout huddle with just under six minutes to play Tuesday night, DeMar DeRozan sat forlorn and frustrated at the end … More »DeRozan scores 30 points and Raptors beat Nets 100-95 to even up series

    Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan celebrates during the second half of the Raptors 100-95 win over the Brooklyn Nets in NBA first round playoff action in Toronto on Tuesday, April 22, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

    TORONTO - When the Toronto Raptors gathered in a timeout huddle with just under six minutes to play Tuesday night, DeMar DeRozan sat forlorn and frustrated at the end of the bench. Instead, DeRozan — calm restored — grabbed the game by the throat in the final three minutes to lead Toronto to a 100-95 victory over the Brooklyn …

  • NBA: Playoffs-Brooklyn Nets at Toronto Raptors
    Youth served as DeRozan leads 'Northern Uprising' Reuters - Tue, 22 Apr, 2014

    By Steve Keating TORONTO (Reuters) - The Toronto Raptors have promoted their return to the NBA postseason after a six-year absence as a 'Northern Uprising' and on Tuesday … More »Youth served as DeRozan leads 'Northern Uprising'

    NBA: Playoffs-Brooklyn Nets at Toronto Raptors

    By Steve Keating TORONTO (Reuters) - The Toronto Raptors have promoted their return to the NBA postseason after a six-year absence as a 'Northern Uprising' and on Tuesday they backed up the marketing campaign with a 100-95 win over the Brooklyn Nets. The victory was the Raptors' first in the post-season since 2008 and …