Toronto Raptors forward Pascal Siakam (43) eyes the ball while playing against the Golden State Warriors during second half NBA championship basketball finals action in Toronto on Thursday, May 30, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
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Raptors’ Pascal Siakam named NBA’s most improved player

SANTA MONICA, Calif. — Toronto Raptors forward Pascal Siakam has won the NBA’s most improved player award. Siakam, who helped the Raptors win their first NBA championship this month, beat out D’Angelo Russell of the Brooklyn Nets and De’Aaron Fox of the Sacramento Kings for the honour at the NBA Awards show Monday night. He […]

Dewan Hernandez speaks with the media during the second day of the NBA draft basketball combine in Chicago on May 17, 2019. The Toronto Raptors selected centre Dewan Hernandez from the University of Miami with the 59th pick in Thursday's NBA draft. The 6-foot-11 Hernandez sat out this season because of his dealings with an agent. Facing additional punishment next season, the junior from Miami turned pro instead. The NCAA said Hernandez agreed to receive monthly payments from the agent and accepted other benefits. Hernandez sat out the first 19 games of the season while awaiting the Jan. 28 ruling. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Nam Y. Huh
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Toronto Raptors happy to grab Dewan Hernandez with second-last pick of draft

TORONTO — Having barely taken a breath after winning his first NBA championship last week, Toronto Raptors general manager Bobby Webster was back to work scouting players ahead of Thursday’s draft. “We asked Golden State (Warriors) how do you do this five years in a row,” he quipped. Throughout the Raptors’ championship run, Webster and […]

Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard, centre, holds Larry O'Brien NBA Championship Trophy after defeating the Golden State Warriors basketball action in Game 6 of the NBA Finals in Oakland, Calif. on Thursday, June 13, 2019. Raptors have won their first NBA title in franchise history. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn
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Classy Warriors congratulate Raptors on first NBA championship with full-page ad

TORONTO — The Golden State Warriors are showing their championship pedigree even in defeat. The Warriors took out a full-page ad in Monday’s Toronto Star to congratulate the Raptors on their first NBA title. The Raptors beat Golden State in six games to win the championship series and deny the Warriors a third straight Larry […]

Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard, centre, celebrates with the Larry O'Brien NBA Championship Trophy after defeating the Golden State Warriors in Game 6 of the NBA Finals on Thursday. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press)
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Kings of the NBA: Toronto Raptors capture 1st crown in thrilling win over Warriors

Franchise wins NBA title 24 years after entering league. The Toronto Raptors are bringing the Larry O’Brien Trophy as NBA champions home to Canada, a brilliant basketball story 24 years in the making. Kyle Lowry had 26 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds to lift the Raptors to a thrilling 114-110 victory over the two-time […]