Toronto Raptors guard Fred VanVleet, left, defends Los Angeles Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard during the second half.
Fred VanVleet had 27 points and 13 assists to lead Toronto in his return after missing eight games with a sore hip.
Denver held Toronto to just two made field goals in the first 7:28 of the fourth quarter.
Brooklyn became the first Eastern Conference team to lock up a playoff berth.
Toronto holds Cleveland under 100 points in winning for the fifth time in its past six games.


  1. Wizards guard Bradley Beal goes by Raptors guard Fred VanVleet (23) on his way for a layup during the first half Thursday at Amalie Arena in Tampa. Beal, a former Gator, finishes with 28 points.
  2. Toronto Raptors guard Fred VanVleet, left, defends Los Angeles Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard during the second half.
  3. Toronto Raptors center Khem Birch, right, drives to the basket as Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic defends in the second half.
  4. Nets forward Kevin Durant grabs a rebound in front of Raptors forward Pascal Siakam during the first half Tuesday at Amalie Arena.
  5. Cleveland Cavaliers forward Isaac Okoro (35) goes for a layup after driving around Toronto Raptors forward Pascal Siakam (43) during the second half.
  6. The Knicks’ RJ Barrett, driving to the basket versus the Raptors’ Yuta Watanabe, has 25 points and 12 rebounds in a win Saturday at Madison Square Garden.
  7. The Raptors' Pascal Siakam (43) scores past the Nets' DeAndre Jordan (6) in Toronto's win Wednesday at Amalie Arena in Tampa. Siakam scores a team-high 27 points.
  8. The Raptors' Khem Birch (24) celebrates with Chris Boucher (25) and Yuta Watanabe after Boucher hits a 3-pointer late in the fourth quarter in a win against the Thunder on Sunday in Tampa.
  9. Raptors forward Chris Boucher shoots over Spurs forward Keldon Johnson in a victory Wednesday at Amalie Arena in Tampa.
  10. Toronto Raptors center Khem Birch (24) gets fouled by Atlanta Hawks guard Bogdan Bogdanovic (13) during the first half.
  11. The Knicks' Julius Randle tries to keep the ball from the Raptors' Kyle Lowry during Sunday's game at Madison Square Garden.
  12. The Raptors' Gary Trent drives against the Cavaliers' Isaac Okoro and Kevin Love in the second half Saturday.
  13. Bulls guard Zach LaVine shoots against Raptors forward Chris Boucher during the first half Thursday at Amalie Arena.
  14. Los Angeles Lakers guard Talen Horton-Tucker (5) goes for a layup in front of Toronto Raptors guard Malachi Flynn (8) during the second half.
  15. Raptors forward OG Anunoby (3) follows through on a dunk against the Warriors during the first half Friday in Tampa.
  16. The Raptors' Chris Boucher blocks a shot by the Thunder's Tony Bradley in the first half Wednesday in Oklahoma City.
  17. Detroit Pistons guard Saben Lee (38) drives on Toronto Raptors forward Yuta Watanabe (18) during the second half.
  18. Raptors guard Fred VanVleet tries to strip the ball from Blazers forward Robert Covington during the second half Sunday at Amalie Arena.
  19. Toronto Raptors guard Gary Trent Jr., works against Phoenix Suns guard Chris Paul (3) during the second half.
  20. On his 35th birthday, Kyle Lowry woke up as a Raptor — and remained one.
  21. Raptors guard Kyle Lowry (7) celebrates with forward Pascal Siakam as the pair is taken out of the game against the Nuggets during the second half Wednesday in Tampa.
  22. American Airlines Arena prior to the start of a game between the Indiana Pacers and the Miami Heat, Sunday in Miami.
  23. The Houston Rockets' John Wall (1) drives on the Toronto Raptors' Fred VanVleet (23) during the third quarter of Monday's game in Houston.