Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Lowry Pours in 32 Points to Lead Raptors to 105-91 Victory over Celtics

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Lowry Pours in 32 Points to Lead Raptors to 105-91 Victory over Celtics

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Lowry lifts Raptors to win over Celtics

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TORONTO - Luis Scola scored on a fast-break dunk in the first quarter of Toronto's win Friday night, and shot a grin at the Raptors bench, where every player was on his feet in wild celebration.

The 35-year-old Argentine forward set the tone for a solid 105-91 victory over the Boston Celtics, that capped a gruelling stretch of four games in five nights.

The sizzling Raptors are 8-2 in March, and have gone 12-4 since the NBA all-star break, and with just 14 games left in the regular-season, are bent on heading into the playoffs at their very best.

"This perception of this switch in the NBA. . . a lot of players and teams think when the time comes we'll flip the switch and: I'm going to play well. It doesn't really work that way," Scola said. "It might work that way for Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant in his prime.

"When you do things right every day and we're ready to play and we approach the game the right way every day, hopefully when the time comes, you're ready."

Kyle Lowry scored 15 of his 32 points in the fourth quarter to top Toronto (47-21), while Scola scored all 17 of his points in the first quarter. DeMar DeRozan finished with 15, while Bismack Biyombo had 11 rebounds.

Asked about Scola's performance, DeRozan had the post-game locker-room roaring.

"That's what the old man do," he joked. "The engine runs well in the beginning, but hey. . . he's like an old-school (Oldsmobile) Cutlass. He gets you where you want to go, but don't rely on him for any road trips."

Isaiah Thomas scored 20 points to lead the Celtics (39-30), in their fourth consecutive loss.

Canadian Kelly Olynyk, playing his second game after missing 12 with a shoulder injury, had five points and four rebounds for Boston.

The Raptors, who continue to chase the Cleveland Cavaliers for first place in the Eastern Conference, raced out to a 19-point lead and looked headed for a rout of their Atlantic Division rival, which dropped two spots to sixth in the East with the loss.

But the Celtics clawed their way back to within five points to end the third quarter. Asked what prompted the Raptors defence to lock down in the fourth, coach Dwane Casey said "Getting your butt kicked. …

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