Lowry scores 32 as Raptors beat Knicks 115-100

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 28, 2013 at 10:25 pm •  Published: December 28, 2013
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TORONTO (AP) — Kyle Lowry hardly flinched when his name came up in trade talk. Instead, the Toronto Raptors' point guard has gone on a tear.

Lowry had a season-best 32 points and matched his season high with 11 assists, Terrence Ross made a career-high seven 3-pointers and the Raptors beat New York for the second straight night, topping the short-handed Knicks 115-100 on Saturday.

Lowry came within two rebounds of a triple-double and Ross had 23 points as Toronto won for the fourth time in five games.

Raptors coach Dwane Casey said Lowry is playing at the highest level of his career.

"He's playing with such force and such confidence," Casey said. "He's been playing the game the right way and he's been playing lights out. It's really good for Kyle and I'm happy for him."

Lowry was linked with a potential move to the Knicks in the days after the Raptors dealt forward Rudy Gay to Sacramento in early December. That trade never materialized, but Lowry hasn't let the speculation affect his performance.

"It is what it is," Lowry said. "I'm not really worried about it. I've said it 50 million times and I'm going to say it 50 more: Until something happens I'm a Raptor and I'm going to play for the Raptors and I'm going to play hard for the Raptors."

DeMar DeRozan added 20 points for Toronto, which overcame a 12-point deficit in the second half to beat New York 95-83 at Madison Square Garden on Friday.

Greivis Vasquez made three 3-pointers in the fourth quarter and Lowry capped the long-range barrage with 5 seconds left as the Raptors finished with a season-high 15 baskets from beyond the arc.

"I like 3s, but I like making 3s," Casey said. "I think any coach would. We did a good job at that tonight."

Jonas Valanciunas had 10 rebounds as the Raptors outrebounded the Knicks 45-37.

"We're not going to win consistently until we defend and rebound the ball," New York coach Mike Woodson said.

Amare Stoudemire scored 20 of his 23 points in the second half and Tyson Chandler had 16 for the Knicks, who lost for the fifth time in seven games. J.R. Smith scored 13 for New York.

"Amare played great tonight," Woodson said. "His minutes were really positive after a back-to-back. He carried us, kept us in it."

Making his first regular-season appearance in Toronto after being traded to the Knicks last summer, Andrea Bargnani was booed during pregame introductions and jeered every time he touched the ball. He finished with 12 points.

With four days off before their next game at San Antonio, Chandler said the Knicks need to make use of the practice time to tighten things up.

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