Newspaper article The Canadian Press

DeRozan Scores 31, Lowry Has Triple Double in Raptors' Rout of Nets

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

DeRozan Scores 31, Lowry Has Triple Double in Raptors' Rout of Nets

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Lowry has triple double in win over Nets

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TORONTO - One rebound away from his 11 triple double, Dwane Casey wasn't going to give Kyle Lowry all night to get it.

It took Lowry just a minute and 38 seconds into the fourth quarter before he snatched the rebound off a Norm Powell miss, and then he headed to the bench triumphant, his triple double -- 10 points, 12 assists, and 10 boards -- the highlight of the Raptors 120-87 rout of Brooklyn on Friday.

"I told him in the timeout he had two minutes," Casey said afterward. "I don't believe in messing with the game, but I owe it to one of my veterans if they have something like that to get done, I owe it to them to do it without getting hurt but he had two minutes to do it.

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

DeMar DeRozan scored 31 points, while Serge Ibaka had 18, Jonas Valanciunas finished with 14, and Jakob Poeltl and Norman Powell chipped in with 11 points apiece, as the Raptors (19-8) won their eighth game in nine outings, and improved their NBA-best home record to 10-1.

Canadian Nik Stauskas scored a team-high 22 points in his Nets debut.

The Raptors dominated the Nets (11-17) in their ninth consecutive victory versus Brooklyn. The Nets' lone outburst came thanks to Stauskas, whose personal 9-0 run to open the second quarter briefly gave the Nets the lead.

"Just to play meaningful minutes in a game and being back home was really exciting for me," said Stauskas, who was acquired in a trade last week from Philadelphia, where he'd long been wallowing on the bench. "Once I saw the first one go down, that's when my confidence started growing and I just let them fly from there."

But by the time DeRozan drained a three-pointer -- his first since Nov. 22 -- with just under a minute left in the fourth quarter, the Raptors were up by 27 points. They cruised into the fourth quarter with a 91-64 advantage in front of a capacity Air Canada Centre crowd that included Toronto FC striker, and new MLS Cup champion, Sebastian Giovinco.

Delon Wright returned after missing the previous 12 games with a shoulder injury, and the back-up guard's alley-oop to Pascal Siakam put the Raptors up by 30 early in the fourth. …

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