Just seven nights ago, the Toronto Raptors looked to be teetering on the brink. They’d lost five of their last eight to fall two games behind the Washington Wizards for the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference, they sat just two games ahead of the Atlanta Hawks in the race for the No. 4 spot and home-court advantage in the first round, and they were coming off a 21-point blowout at the hands of Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder that led head coach Dwane Casey to apologize to Raptors fans for an “unacceptable” effort. What a difference a week — and a couple of monster performances by an All-Star scoring savant — can make.
Without All-Star point guard Kyle Lowry, who continues to work his way back from right wrist surgery, and without starting power forward Serge Ibaka, who was suspended for throwingRead More »from DeMar DeRozan scored 40 again, and the Raptors' D cooled off the Heat