Raptors clinch playoff berth for 3rd straight season

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Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, and the rest of the Toronto Raptors are headed back to the NBA playoffs.

By virtue of the Chicago Bulls' 115-107 loss Wednesday to the New York Knicks at the United Center, the Raptors clinched a postseason berth for the third year in a row, and eighth in franchise history.

The Raptors fell short in their efforts to secure the spot themselves, losing 91-79 to the Boston Celtics as Lowry missed the game with a sore right elbow.

Toronto Raptors' Playoff History

Season Opponent(s) Result
1999-2000 New York Knicks Lost First Round 3-0
2000-2001 New York Knicks/Philadelphia 76ers Won First Round (Knicks) 3-2 / Lost Conference Semifinals (76ers) 4-3
2001-2002 Detroit Pistons Lost First Round 3-2
2006-2007 New Jersey Nets Lost First Round 4-2
2007-2008 Orlando Magic Lost First Round 4-1
2013-2014 Brooklyn Nets Lost First Round 4-3
2014-2015 Washington Wizards Lost First Round 4-0

The team has yet to advance to the second round after a seven-game series, with their only postseason success coming in 2000-01 when the opening round was a best of five.

Toronto has a firm grip on the Eastern Conference's No. 2 seed with a 48-22 record, seven games clear of the Miami Heat and the No. 3 seed.

With two more victories over the season's final 12 games, the Raptors will set a new franchise record for wins.