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Pascal Siakam, Kyle Lowry Lead Toronto Raptors to 6th Straight Win

Fresh off his first All-Star nod, Pascal Siakam was locked in.

Coming up huge down the stretch, Siakam iced the game with a crucial three-pointer with 21 seconds left, helping lift the Raptors to a 118-112 victory over the New York Knicks – the team’s sixth straight victory. The Raptors now sit in a second place tie with the Miami Heat.

Siakam would go onto finish the night with 23 points, while Kyle Lowry led all scores with 26 points, helping the Raptors improve to 31-14 on the year.

“We’re just a team that, we are comfortable in every situation,” Lowry said following the win. “We understand what to do and we’ve been here before.”

Lowry is expected to join Siakam as an All-Star when the NBA announces the reserves next week. In spite of all the injuries the Raptors have been forced to deal with, they have continued to roll, led by two deserving stars and full team efforts on both ends of the floor on a nightly basis.

“I think we’re battle-tested,” Siakam said. “We are a team that has guys that understand what it takes to win and when everything is not going right, don’t panic and continue to play.”

Following the win, head coach Nick Nurse touched on yet another big accomplishment in Siakam’s development.

“It’s a hell of a climb in a couple years and I think not only for him,” Nurse said. “I’ve always said this repeatedly, he went to work on his game and he put in some serious time and had some great, I think, inner drive and at the same time handled all that was coming each time.”

The Raptors will look to take sole possession of the second seed when they take on DeMar DeRozan and the San Antonio Spurs in their much-anticipated second matchup of the season.

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