Magic trade Ibaka to Raptors for Ross, first-round pick

UNTV News   •   February 15, 2017   •   2465

Feb 13, 2017; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat forward Luke Babbitt (5) defends against Orlando Magic forward Serge Ibaka (7) during the first half at American Airlines Arena. Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

(The Sports Exchange) – Serge Ibaka is headed north of the border after the Orlando Magic agreed to trade the three-time All-Defensive First Teamer to the Toronto Raptors for Terrence Ross and a 2017 first-round pick, The Vertical reported Tuesday.

Ibaka was traded to the Magic last offseason after spending his first seven seasons with the Oklahoma City Thunder. The 27-year-old averaged 15.1 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.6 blocks in 56 games with Orlando.

During his time with the Thunder, Ibaka led the league in blocked shots twice (2012, 2013) and averaged 11.6 points, 7.4 boards and 2.5 swats in 524 games while helping lead Oklahoma City to an appearance in the NBA Finals.

The Magic were reportedly concerned about their ability to retain Ibaka, who is set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer.

Ibaka and Raptors president Masai Ujiri have a longstanding relationship, and Ibaka loves the city of Toronto, according to Ryan Wolstat of the Toronto Sun.

Ross, 26, is averaging 10.4 points through 54 games in his fifth season in Toronto.

The Raptors (32-23) are six games behind the Cleveland Cavaliers for the top spot in the Eastern Conference.

(Editing by Steve Keating in Toronto)

Carter back for 21st season after reaching deal with Hawks

UNTV News   •   July 26, 2018

Apr 11, 2018; Sacramento, CA, USA; Sacramento Kings guard Vince Carter (15) dunks the ball against the Houston Rockets during the fourth quarter at Golden 1 Center. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Vince Carter is slated to play a 21st NBA season after agreeing to a one-year deal with the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday.

The contract is worth $2.4 million, according to ESPN.

The 41-year-old Carter will be joining his eighth NBA team. He averaged a career-low 5.4 points in 58 games (five starts) for the Sacramento Kings last season.

The eight-time All-Star has career averages of 17.7 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.3 assists in 1,405 NBA games (974 starts). He was one of the league’s top players during his stints with the Toronto Raptors (1998-2004) and then-New Jersey Nets (2004-09).

Carter ranks 22nd in NBA history with 24,868 career points.

Carter also has played for the Orlando Magic, Phoenix Suns, Dallas Mavericks and Memphis Grizzlies.

Atlanta also agreed to a deal with forward Daniel Hamilton, who averaged 2.0 points in six games for the Oklahoma City Thunder last season.

—Field Level Media

Cavaliers throttle Raptors, grab 3-2 series lead

admin   •   May 26, 2016

Wednesday, May 25, 2016 May 25, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) shoots during the second quarter in game five of the Eastern conference finals of the NBA Playoffs at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Wednesday, May 25, 2016
May 25, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) shoots during the second quarter in game five of the Eastern conference finals of the NBA Playoffs at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

(The Sports Xchange) – LeBron James had 23 points, eight assists and six rebounds, and Kevin Love returned to form with 25 points as the Cavaliers dismantled the Toronto Raptors in a 116-78 win on Wednesday that gives Cleveland a 3-2 series lead in the Eastern Conference finals.

Kyrie Irving added 23 points in the Cavaliers’ most lopsided playoff win in franchise history — surpassing their 31-point victory at home in Game One of this series.

The Cavs have outscored the Raptors by 88 points in their three home games. Cleveland can close out Toronto and return to the NBA Finals for the second consecutive year with a win on Friday in Game Six at Air Canada Centre.

The game was effectively over after the first quarter, when the Cavs’ 37 points were the most they’ve scored in any quarter in this series.

The Raptors trailed by 18 after one period, and they did not surpass 37 points until the first two minutes of the third quarter.

Toronto didn’t surpass the Cleveland Big Three’s total of 71 points until the game’s last few minutes — and all three stars sat the entire fourth quarter.

The Raptors’ 65-34 halftime deficit was the first time in franchise history they trailed by at least 30 points in any game, regular season or post-season.

Kyle Lowry had 13 points and six assists, and DeMar DeRozan scored 14 points for the Raptors after they totaled 67 points in Toronto’s Game Four win at home. The backcourt partners shot a combined 7-for-20 in Game Five.

Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas appeared for the first time in this series after battling a sprained ankle, and he scored nine points in 19 minutes.

Bismack Biyombo had seven points and four rebounds after dominating the paint during the Raptors’ two wins in Toronto.

This time, however, the Cavs displayed the type of dominance they flashed in winning 10 straight to open the post-season.

The biggest key to the turnaround was Love, who struggled miserably during the two losses at Toronto and compounded matters by twisting his knee during the third quarter of Game Four.

Love made his first six shots on Wednesday and finished 8-for-10 from the floor, including 3-for-4 from the 3-point arc.

He shot 5-for-23 during the two losses at Toronto.

Raptors hold off Cavs, even East finals at 2-2

admin   •   May 24, 2016

Monday, May 23, 2016 May 23, 2016; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan (10) holds the ball away from Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) in game four of the Eastern conference finals of the NBA Playoffs at Air Canada Centre. The Raptors won 105-99. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

Monday, May 23, 2016
May 23, 2016; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan (10) holds the ball away from Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) in game four of the Eastern conference finals of the NBA Playoffs at Air Canada Centre. The Raptors won 105-99. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

(The Sports Xchange) – Kyle Lowry scored 35 points and DeMar DeRozan added 32 as the Toronto Raptors defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 105-99 on Monday to tie the Eastern Conference finals at two wins each.

In winning their second consecutive game, the Raptors led by as many as 18 points during the second quarter and were ahead by 16 at halftime. However, the Cavaliers trimmed the lead to one early in the fourth quarter.

The teams changed one-point leads in the fourth quarter, but when Lowry made a driving layup with 22.5 seconds to play, the Raptors led by six points.

The Raptors stopped the Cavaliers on their next possession.

Bismack Biyombo, who finished with five points and 14 rebounds, missed two free throws with 4.3 seconds left, but it made no difference.

DeMarre Carroll added 11 points for Toronto.

LeBron James led Cleveland with 29 points and grabbed nine rebounds, and Kyrie Irving added 26 points. Channing Frye scored 12 points and Kevin Love 10 for the Cavaliers.

The Raptors led 27-24 after the first quarter after being up by as many as eight points. Carroll had seven first-quarter points to top the Raptors, and the Cavaliers got seven points from Irving.

Toronto led by 13 points with 4:35 to play in the second quarter when Patrick Patterson put in a layup on a pass from Lowry, who hit a 3-pointer or the Raptors’ next possession to boost the lead to 16.

Lowry’s step-back jumper with 31.9 seconds to play in the half put the Raptors into an 18-point lead.

Biyombo picked up his third personal foul with 8.9 seconds left when he blocked James going for the hoop. James made both free throws, and the first half ended with Toronto leading 57-41.

Lowry had 20 points in the first half for Toronto. James led Cleveland with 16.

DeRozan opened the scoring in the third quarter, and Toronto led by 18.

Irving made two 3-pointers in the third minute to trim the lead to 10, and J.R Smith’s 3-pointer cut the margin to seven with just under nine minutes left in the quarter.

DeRozan made two free throws with 6:13 left in the third to increase the edge to 13. The lead was 15 with 3:59 left on Lowry’s layup. Smith’s 3-pointer with 1:43 left cut Toronto’s lead to eight. The Raptors led 78-69 after three quarters.

The Cavs scored the first five points of the fourth quarter. The lead was down to one point with 10:15 to play when Frye made his second straight 3-pointer.

James gave the Cavaliers a brief one-point lead, and the advantage alternated as the teams exchanged hoops in the middle minutes of the fourth quarter.

A dunk by Richard Jefferson with 6:24 to play and two free throws by James 20 seconds later put Cleveland ahead 92-89. Lowry tied the game on a layup and made the free throw to tie the game.

DeRozan made two free throws with 3:59 to play, and Toronto led by two points. After a Cleveland turnover, Carroll made one of two free throws for a three-point lead.

With 2:43 left, Lowry made one of two free throws for a four-point Toronto lead. Biyombo sank one of two free throws with 2:22 left, and the Raptors led by five points.

Irving hit a 3-pointer with two minutes to play, trimming the lead to two. DeRozan’s short jumper got the lead up to four.

(Editing by Peter Rutherford)

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