Lowry leads Raptors to eighth straight win, a 112-94 victory over Clippers
TORONTO – All-star guard Kyle Lowry had 21 points to lead the Raptors to a 112-94 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday night, for Toronto’s eighth win in a row.
DeMar DeRozan, who hopes to join Lowry at the all-star game, scored 18 points as the Raptors (29-15) shook off a slow start in the first quarter. Lowry added six assists, while Jonas Valanciunas had 20 points and eight rebounds despite early foul trouble.
It is Toronto’s longest winning streak under head coach Dwane Casey and the franchise’s longest run of victories since a nine-game stretch in 2002.
Chris Paul led the Clippers (28-16) with 23 points and 11 assists. J.J. Redick had 17 points, while DeAndre Jordan had 15 points and pulled down 13 rebounds.
Lowry was voted by fans to be one of the Eastern Conference’s starters for the All-Star Game on Feb. 14 at Toronto’s Air Canada Centre. DeRozan can still be selected as an all-star. The NBA’s 30 head coaches will select the reserves for the All-Star Game in a vote that will be revealed on Thursday.
Bismack Biyombo brought the crowd to its feet and tied the game 34-34 with an emphatic put-back dunk. It punctuated a 7-0 Raptors run to open the second quarter.