Kyle Lowry Breaks Franchise Record, as Raptors Earn 8th Straight Win
It was another milestone night for Kyle Lowry as the Toronto Raptors blew past the Atlanta Hawks by a score of 130-114 en route to an eighth straight victory.
Finishing the night with a 12 point, 11 rebound double-double, Lowry passed Jose Calderon for the top spot on the Raptors all-time assists list. The veteran guard finished the night two rebounds shy of a triple-double and appears to be a lock to be named an All-Star reserve later this week.
“It was awesome to be able to get it here tonight, in front of the home crowd, in front of Vince [Carter],” Lowry said following the win, helping the Raptors improve to 33-14 on the season. “He didn’t start the organization but he kind of put it on the map and continued to make this thing grow. He’s always been a big supporter of mine and the Raptors.”
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In what will be his second last visit to Toronto, Carter put together a nice game in his Canadian return. In the loss, the recently-turned 43-year old guard totalled 10 points and five boards in 18 minutes of play. Meanwhile, the Raptors were led by Pascal Siakam and Serge Ibaka who both poured in 24 points a piece. Fred VanVleet paced the two power forwards with 19 points of his own while Chris Boucher scored 15 points off the bench.
“We could have made this game a little bit different with the defensive intensity,” Hawks coach Lloyd Pierce said. “We lacked that, really, because the shots weren’t falling and we let that affect us.”
With a Miami Heat loss, the Raptors now have soul possession of the two-seed with a relatively light end of season schedule. If the Raptors are able to maintain their positioning over the next few days, Nick Nurse and his staff will be granted the opportunity head to Chicago for the All-Star Game festivities.
As for what’s next, the Raptors will now move onto take on the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday, before heading to the Motor City to face the Detroit Pistons.