February 26, 2016 10:44 pm
Updated: February 26, 2016 10:46 pm

Kyle Lowry scores career-high 43 points to lift Raptors 99-97 over Cavs

Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry is hugged by Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan after Lowry made the game winning basket to defeat the Cleveland Cavaliers during second half NBA basketball action in Toronto on Friday, February 26, 2016.

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TORONTO – With his running mate DeMar DeRozan under the weather, Kyle Lowry decided to make up for the both of them.

The Raptors guard poured in a career-high 43 points, including a jump shot with four seconds on the clock, to lift Toronto to a 99-97 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday, in a thrilling battle between the top two teams in the Eastern Conference.

The No. 2 Raptors (39-18) clinched the season series against the top-ranked Cavs (41-16).

Terrence Ross added 15 points. Jonas Valanciunas, who took a hard elbow to the ribs from James and spent part of the third quarter being examined in the locker-room, finished with 11 points and nine rebounds. Bismack Biyombo chipped in with 11 points.

DeRozan’s 500th game was one to forget. The Raptors’ top scorer, battling flu-like symptoms all night, had just six points on 1-for-11 shooting.

LeBron James led the Cavs with 25 points. Tristan Thompson of Brampton, Ont., had a game-high 10 rebounds.

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