Sports Kyle Lowry finds his shots as Raptors hold off Bulls

09:23  08 november  2017
09:23  08 november  2017 Source:   Toronto Star

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Raptors guard Kyle Lowry waits for a high five from a teammate and checks himself for any damage. The starters, who Casey had criticized for their collective effort on the weekend, got Toronto off to quick start and then buried the Bulls in the second quarter.

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Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan takes a moment to collect himself in Toronto's 119-114 win over the Chicago Bulls. DeRozan had a game-high 24 points.© Rick Madonik Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan takes a moment to collect himself in Toronto's 119-114 win over the Chicago Bulls. DeRozan had a game-high 24 points.

The drives and finishes at the basket in the first quarter were vintage Kyle Lowry in a couple of tone-setting early moments. The silky smooth three-pointer late in the second quarter were part of a dominant, game-busting run.

There were issues with Lowry and his play with Raptors going into Tuesday night but the veteran point guard answered the criticism with arguably his best game of the year.

Still searching for an absolute comfort zone in the team’s tweaked offensive philosophy, Lowry took matters into his own hands with a 17-point, six-assist night in a harder-than-it should-have-been 119-114 victory over the Chicago Bulls at the Air Canada Centre.

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kyle Lowry scored 20 of his season-high 41 points in the fourth quarter, and the Toronto Raptors held on to stop a two-game skid The two teams played a razor thin matchup in the fourth quarter, with Towns hitting a floating shot with just nine seconds left to take the lead.

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He didn’t dominate the offence, nor did he take away from the ball- and player-movement style the team is implementing. He simply found his opportunities and seized them in the flow of the game.

It added up to a much-needed win for a group that had been listless in two of its three previous games. Lowry and the starting unit had been inconsistent at best.

“It’s what, nine games in now I believe?” Lowry had said before the game. “It’s still early. I haven’t found a rhythm yet and I think our team hasn’t really found a rhythm yet. We’re still inconsistent.”

They did deliver one of their more thorough performances, which has to ease their collective minds, hanging on after a 23-point lead shrunk to three in the fourth quarter and stretching their record to 6-4.

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After seeing a 23-point lead shrink to five with less than a minute to go, the Raptors needed a basket by DeMar DeRozan with 20 seconds ago to gain some breathing room on the 2-7 Bulls, who got 21 points from Bobby Portis.

The starters, who coach Dwane Casey had criticized for their collective effort on the weekend, got Toronto off to quick start and then buried the Bulls in the second quarter.

The backup unit had staked Toronto to an eight-point lead when DerRozan, Serge Ibaka and Jonas Valanciunas joined Lowry and Norm Powell for the last 4:30 of the first half.

The starters rattled off a lighting quick 16-4 run to take a 20-point lead at halftime.

It was the first quarter that was the most pleasing. The Raptors played with a sense of urgency and effort they haven’t consistently shown.

Casey said it was about being ready to “go and not waiting until you get punched in the mouth to start competing and getting a lather going and that type of thing. Again, it’s a phenomenon. You can make numbers say whatever you want them to say but it’s all about coming out and competing in the first quarter.”

Kyle Lowry struggling with Raptors’ new approach

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Kyle Lowry had 24 points and 10 assists as the Toronto Raptors broke open a close game in the third quarter and held on for a 103-93 win over the Washington Wizards. Amir Johnson, right, came off the bench in his return to the Raptors lineup, scoring 14 points and adding five rebounds.

Raptors ' Kyle Lowry : Double-double in Monday's win. 3D ago • By RotoWire Staff. The 19 points were a season high, and Lowry seems to have found his stroke from the outside, going 6-for-13 (46.2 percent) from three-point range over the last two games.

But as much as Casey got a big game out of most of his starting unit — DeRozan had 24 points, Valanciunas had 21 and Ibaka 16 — he also continued to milk the team’s depth as much as he could.

It’s probably not sustainable for the long term since there really aren’t enough minutes to go around and keep everyone in the flow of the game but Casey used 12 of his available players before the game was 14 minutes old and used seven subs over the course of the second half as well.

Having strength in numbers may sound good, but not knowing which four or five of the seven will be best each night can be frustrating.

“That’s always a challenge because you don’t know until you put them out there,” Casey said. “But I do know the young guys like OG (Anunoby are) going to make mistakes, but we live with some of his mistakes. As long as they are competing and playing hard you got to, because that’s the only way they are going to grow.”

DeRozan scores 27 as Raptors beat Rockets 129-113 .
DeRozan scores 27 as Raptors beat Rockets 129-113They solved that Tuesday night, getting 27 points from DeMar DeRozan while holding off the Rockets 129-113 despite a couple late runs by Houston.

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