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Lowry goes for triple-double as Raptors rout Nets 120-87

TORONTO (AP) With Kyle Lowry one rebound from a triple-double, Raptors coach Dwane Casey gave his point guard two minutes of fourth-quarter court time to complete the feat.

In the end, Lowry got the job done in 98 seconds.

Lowry had his 11th career triple-double, DeMar DeRozan scored 31 points and Toronto won its ninth straight meeting with Brooklyn by routing the Nets 120-87 on Friday night.

Toronto led 91-64 through three quarters, but Lowry convinced his coach to let him keep playing a little longer.

''If he hadn't gotten it in two minutes, he wasn't going to do it,'' Casey said. ''I don't want to do anything to mess with the game or try to disrespect Brooklyn.''

Lowry grabbed the ball after Norman Powell's missed layup at 10:22 of the fourth, leading to a rousing celebration on Toronto's bench.

''He really wanted it and I'm glad he got what he wanted,'' DeRozan said.

It was the second triple-double of the season for Lowry, who finished with 10 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists. Lowry's previous triple-double came against the Los Angeles Lakers on Oct. 27.

''As long as it comes with a win, that's all that matters,'' Lowry said.

Serge Ibaka scored 18 points and Jonas Valanciunas had 14 as Toronto won its eighth consecutive home game and improved its NBA-best home record to 10-1.

''We want to make this a tough place to play,'' Casey said. ''We want people to talk about not wanting to come to Toronto and play.''

Nik Stauskas scored 22 points in his Brooklyn debut and Isaiah Whitehead had 13 for the Nets in their most lopsided defeat of the season. Brooklyn's previous worst loss was a 107-86 blowout at New York on Oct. 27. The Nets lost by more than 14 points for the second time.

Toronto scored a season-high 74 points in the paint.

''They were in the paint all night,'' Nets coach Kenny Atkinson said. ''It was drives and we didn't protect the rim at all.''

Norman Powell and Jakob Poeltl each scored 11 points for the Raptors, who played without forward C.J. Miles (sore left shoulder).

Nets guard Allen Crabbe (sore left knee) and forward DeMarre Carroll (rest) both got the night off. Brooklyn was playing the second game of a back-to-back, and its third in four days.

With Carroll and Crabbe unavailable, Brooklyn's recently acquired duo of Jahlil Okafor and Stauskas made their debuts. Both arrived in a Dec. 8 trade with Philadelphia.

Stauskas made five of his seven 3-point attempts, but the rest of the Nets shot 2 for 16 from long range.

Okafor had 10 points and four rebounds in 23 minutes on his 22nd birthday. He had played just 25 minutes all season before Friday.

''I felt rusty, had some cobwebs on me, but just to be able to get out there, run up and down and play basketball, was great,'' Okafor said.

Stauskas scored 12 points on three 3-pointers and a three-point play as the Nets took a brief lead with a 14-0 run to begin the second, but Toronto closed the quarter with a 19-4 spurt to lead 58-44 at halftime.

''That starting group came in and it went from two points to 16 real quick,'' Atkinson said. ''That was kind of lights out and then they dominated us from there.''

TIP-INS

Nets: Committed 24 turnovers, one shy of their season worst. Toronto scored 35 points off Brooklyn's miscues. ... Crabbe and Carroll are both expected to return for Sunday's game against Indiana.

Raptors: Lowry has nine of the 21 triple-doubles in Raptors history, more than any other player. ... G Delon Wright returned after missing the previous 12 games because of a dislocated right shoulder and scored seven points in 16 minutes.

SAVVY TRAVELERS

Toronto has just three road games remaining against Western Conference opponents, all of them in the Central time zone. The Raptors visit Dallas on Dec. 26 and Oklahoma City on Dec. 27, then travel to Minnesota on Jan. 20. Toronto is 8-4 on the road against the West so far.

UP NEXT

Nets: Host Indiana on Sunday. Brooklyn has lost four straight meetings with the Pacers.

Raptors: Host Sacramento on Sunday. Toronto snapped an eight-game losing streak in Sacramento by beating the Kings 102-87 last Sunday.

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Key Players
D. Carroll
9 SF
D. DeRozan
10 SG
34.5 Min. Per Game 34.5
23.7 Pts. Per Game 23.7
5.2 Ast. Per Game 5.2
4.6 Reb. Per Game 4.6
41.2 Field Goal % 48.8
41.2 Three Point % 47.8
72.6 Free Throw % 80.7
  Defensive rebound by Lorenzo Brown 0:16
  Jahlil Okafor missed hook shot 0:18
  Jahlil Okafor missed hook shot 0:18
  Defensive rebound by Isaiah Whitehead 0:35
  Jakob Poeltl missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:37
+ 1 Nik Stauskas made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:59
+ 1 Nik Stauskas made 1st of 2 free throws 0:59
  Shooting foul on Jakob Poeltl 0:59
  Defensive rebound by Jahlil Okafor 1:20
  Pascal Siakam missed 3-pt. jump shot 1:23
+ 2 Jahlil Okafor made layup 1:33
Team Stats
Points 87 120
Field Goals 32-76 (42.1%) 54-97 (55.7%)
3-Pointers 7-23 (30.4%) 7-28 (25.0%)
Free Throws 16-19 (84.2%) 5-9 (55.6%)
Total Rebounds 44 50
Offensive 6 11
Defensive 31 34
Team 7 5
Assists 15 26
Steals 4 11
Blocks 1 5
Turnovers 22 8
Fouls 14 16
Technicals 0 0
22 PTS, 7 REB, 2 AST
10 PTS, 10 REB, 12 AST
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away team logo Nets 11-17 2024202387
home team logo Raptors 19-8 30283329120
Team Stats
away team logo Nets 11-17 109.9 PPG 45.2 RPG 22.8 APG
home team logo Raptors 19-8 115.8 PPG 45.5 RPG 25.3 APG
Key Players
N. Stauskas SG PPG RPG APG FG%
D. DeRozan SG PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
N. Stauskas SG 22 PTS 7 REB 2 AST
D. DeRozan SG 31 PTS 3 REB 1 AST
42.1 FG% 55.7
30.4 3PT FG% 25.0
84.2 FT% 55.6
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
R. Hollis-Jefferson 21 9 4 0 0 0 1 0 4/7 0/0 1/1 1 3 12 -26
S. Dinwiddie 22 7 2 5 0 0 3 2 3/9 0/2 1/2 0 2 16 -28
J. Harris 30 6 2 0 1 0 2 3 3/8 0/4 0/0 0 2 7 -36
T. Zeller 14 4 3 1 0 0 1 1 2/6 0/0 0/0 1 2 8 -8
C. LeVert 25 2 2 1 0 0 2 1 1/7 0/3 0/0 0 2 4 -17
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
R. Hollis-Jefferson 21 9 4 0 0 0 1 0 4/7 0/0 1/1 1 3 12 -26
S. Dinwiddie 22 7 2 5 0 0 3 2 3/9 0/2 1/2 0 2 16 -28
J. Harris 30 6 2 0 1 0 2 3 3/8 0/4 0/0 0 2 7 -36
T. Zeller 14 4 3 1 0 0 1 1 2/6 0/0 0/0 1 2 8 -8
C. LeVert 25 2 2 1 0 0 2 1 1/7 0/3 0/0 0 2 4 -17
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
N. Stauskas 28 22 7 2 0 0 2 0 6/9 5/7 5/5 0 7 31 -7
I. Whitehead 33 13 2 3 2 0 4 2 5/10 2/3 1/2 0 2 19 -10
J. Okafor 22 10 4 0 1 0 2 2 5/11 0/2 0/0 1 3 13 -21
T. Mozgov 16 7 4 2 0 1 2 0 2/5 0/0 3/3 2 2 14 -12
Q. Acy 25 7 7 1 0 0 3 3 1/4 0/2 5/6 1 6 13 0
D. Carroll - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Lin - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Crabbe - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Russell - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Wiley - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Allen - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Y. Ouattara - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 236 87 37 15 4 1 22 14 32/76 7/23 16/19 6 31 137 -165
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. DeRozan 29 31 3 1 2 0 1 1 14/19 1/2 2/4 1 2 37 +38
S. Ibaka 28 18 8 2 0 1 2 3 8/15 2/4 0/0 1 7 29 +33
J. Valanciunas 21 14 5 0 0 2 1 0 7/11 0/1 0/0 0 5 20 +33
K. Lowry 30 10 10 12 4 0 1 1 4/9 2/5 0/0 3 7 47 +37
O. Anunoby 21 3 3 3 1 0 1 1 1/4 1/4 0/0 2 1 12 +33
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. DeRozan 29 31 3 1 2 0 1 1 14/19 1/2 2/4 1 2 37 +38
S. Ibaka 28 18 8 2 0 1 2 3 8/15 2/4 0/0 1 7 29 +33
J. Valanciunas 21 14 5 0 0 2 1 0 7/11 0/1 0/0 0 5 20 +33
K. Lowry 30 10 10 12 4 0 1 1 4/9 2/5 0/0 3 7 47 +37
O. Anunoby 21 3 3 3 1 0 1 1 1/4 1/4 0/0 2 1 12 +33
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
N. Powell 22 11 5 3 0 0 1 1 5/8 1/1 0/0 1 4 21 0
J. Poeltl 26 11 4 1 1 2 1 5 5/6 0/1 1/3 2 2 19 0
D. Wright 15 7 0 2 1 0 0 0 3/8 0/2 1/1 0 0 12 -4
F. VanVleet 13 7 0 1 0 0 0 2 3/5 0/1 1/1 0 0 9 -10
P. Siakam 19 6 6 1 1 0 0 2 3/9 0/5 0/0 1 5 15 0
L. Brown 4 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 1/2 0/1 0/0 0 1 3 0
A. McKinnie 7 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 0 1 +5
L. Nogueira - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Caboclo - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Miller - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Miles - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 235 120 45 26 11 5 8 16 54/97 7/28 5/9 11 34 225 +165