Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Lowry Scores 32 Points as Raptors End Losing Streak with 102-86 Win over Bucks

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Lowry Scores 32 Points as Raptors End Losing Streak with 102-86 Win over Bucks

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Raptors beat Bucks to end 5-game skid


TORONTO - Kyle Lowry had to end the Toronto Raptors' ugly slump without his running mate DeMar DeRozan. Friday night, he played big enough for the both of them.

A night after Lowry was named to his third consecutive NBA all-star team, the Raptors guard proved why, scoring 32 points to lift Toronto to a 102-86 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks.

The victory ended Toronto's losing streak at five games.

"He stepped up," coach Dwane Casey said. "The bigger the moment, he performs, that's the reason why he's a three-time all-star."

Norman Powell added 19 points for Toronto (29-18), while Patrick Patterson had 10. Jonas Valanciunas grabbed 11 rebounds to go with eight points.

Patterson said Lowry simply raises his game when he's without DeRozan, who was sidelined for the third straight game with a sprained right ankle.

"He's more I would say focused. He's more leading out there. He's making the right play every single time, offensively and defensively," Patterson said. "It just seems like he's more aggressive on both sides of the ball. He's just pretty much putting us on his back. So without DeMar out there, he's just more hungry, I would say."

The scheduled return of DeRozan, who will also play in his third straight all-star game, is unknown.

Jabari Parker had 21 points to top the Bucks (21-25), while Giannis Antetokounmpo finished with 19.

In Toronto's last two games -- two-point losses to San Antonio and Memphis -- the Raptors sputtered out to horrible starts then rallied in the dying minutes to make the games close.

Friday, they roared out of the gate, as Lowry orchestrated a 31-6 run in the first quarter to give them their biggest lead of the game --19 points.

"That's what we've got to do, most important is we have to play with an edge, that spark, that swagger," Casey said. "We've kind of been moping, in second gear, and tonight I thought we were zinging around and zipping around on both ends of the floor. We can't go and just out-power somebody or go toe-to-toe with somebody, we have to play with that zip, the ball going side to side."

The feisty Bucks, however, weren't going down without a fight and Toronto led just 77-70 with one quarter left to play. …

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