Mark matched

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - SPORTS -

It’s nine and count­ing for the Toronto Rap­tors. All-star starter Kyle Lowry poured in 29 points as the Rap­tors matched their fran­chise-best nine-game win­ning streak, beat­ing the Wash­ing­ton Wizards 106-89 on Tues­day. DeMar DeRozan added 17 points for the Rap­tors (30-15), who swept their four-game se­ries with Wash­ing­ton. Ter­rence Ross added 15 points, while Jonas Valan­ci­u­nas had 13 points and a game-high 12 re­bounds, and Cory Joseph chipped in with 10 points. The Rap­tors tied the fran­chise-high nine con­sec­u­tive games they set March 22 to April 9, 2002. They were ousted in the first round of the play­offs that sea­son by Detroit. Head coach Dwane Casey said win­ning streaks are good for the fans, the or­ga­ni­za­tion and play­ers’ con­fi­dence. “But it’s not worth a darn if you don’t go out there and back it up with hard play,” Casey said. “If you say ‘OK, we won eight in a row,’ or what­ever it is, on the court you’re go­ing to get your fanny whupped.”

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