Lowry’s triple-dou­ble leads Rap­tors past Nets

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS - BRIAN MA­HONEY

Kyle Lowry was al­ready ill, then he was in­jured. Nei­ther was go­ing to keep him off the floor with the Toronto Rap­tors badly need­ing a vic­tory. Lowry fin­ished with 15 points, 11 re­bounds and 11 as­sists for his ninth ca­reer triple-dou­ble, and the Rap­tors beat the Brook­lyn Nets, 103-95, on Sun­day. Al­ready feel­ing sick, Lowry needed four stitches af­ter cut­ting his right fore­arm on a cam­era mounted to the bas­ket stan­chion. But he played more than 39 min­utes for his first triple-dou­ble of the sea­son. “It’s a part of the game. You’re go­ing to get in­jured, you’re go­ing to get hurt. It’s just how you find ways to get through it, and I’m al­ways go­ing to find a way to get through it.” Play­ing again with­out lead­ing scorer DeMar DeRozan, the slump­ing Rap­tors ended a two-game skid and won for just the third time in 11 games. Jonas Valan­ci­u­nas led with 22 points. Ter­rence Ross had 17 points for the Rap­tors, who ex­tended their long­est win­ning streak ever against the Nets to eight. Brook­lyn cut a 17-point deficit to four mid­way through the fourth quar­ter, but Lowry soon took over, throw­ing a lob to Valan­ci­u­nas for a bas­ket, mak­ing a pair of free throws and then find­ing DeMarre Car­roll for a bas­ket that pushed the lead back into dou­ble dig­its at 92-82.

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RAP­TORS: Lowry fin­ished 0 for 5 from three­p­oint range and re­mained with 799 treys with the Rap­tors, two be­hind Mor­ris Peter­son’s fran­chise record . ... Pa­trick Pat­ter­son also sat out af­ter leav­ing Toronto’s loss in Or­lando on Fri­day with a bruised left knee. He has missed 11 of the last 20 games with knee in­juries.

DWANE’S DIS­AP­POINT­MENT The Rap­tors’ strug­gles cost Casey a chance to coach the East­ern Con­fer­ence at the all-star game. The coach whose team had the sec­ond-high­est win­ning per­cent­age through Sun­day’s games — Cleve­land’s Ty­ronn Lue is in­el­i­gi­ble af­ter coach­ing last year — earned the spot, and Bos­ton’s Brad Stevens clinched it Fri­day. Casey said he was dis­ap­pointed, but only be­cause that meant the Rap­tors weren’t play­ing well. “I’d much rather for us to be play­ing well right now more so than coach­ing in the all-star game,” Casey said. “If we were in third play­ing well I’d be happy, but I’m more up­set about not play­ing well and ev­ery­body not be­ing healthy than coach­ing in the all-star game.”

O NO CANADA Rap­tors play­ers and coaches looked around in con­fu­sion dur­ing the singing of Canada’s na­tional an­them, as Broad­way per­former Am­ber Iman in­cluded some lyrics that aren’t in “O Canada.” “I’m go­ing to leave that alone, but yeah, that an­them was a lot dif­fer­ent than I’ve heard over the last five years. A lot dif­fer­ent,” Lowry said. “Her voice was beau­ti­ful but the an­them, the song, the words ... have her come to Toronto, we’ll come and get some­body to give her some lessons.”

UP NEXT

RAP­TORS: Host the Clip­pers on Mon­day. Los An­ge­les won the first meet­ing this sea­son af­ter the Rap­tors won the pre­vi­ous four. NETS: Travel on Tues­day to Char­lotte, where they have lost three in a row.

KATHY WILLENS, THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Kyle Lowry wills his way to the Nets bas­ket Sun­day in New York, where Toronto re­turned to the win col­umn for only the third time in 11 games. Lowry took four stitches in the win.

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