Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan combined for 63 points for the Toronto Raptors against the Utah Jazz, picking up the 104-94 victory. The Raptors have now won 7 of their last 10, furthering themselves as a legitimate threat in the Eastern Conference.
These next 23 games of the season will be crucial and vital to the Raptors playoff positioning, making tonight’s report card a strong indication of their progress.
On a night where our All-Star duo combined for 63, the offense was simply flowing as the boys from the Six dictated the pace of the game. As a team, Toronto shot 50% from the field, 86% from the charity stripe and scored 104 points. Shooting 50% and scoring 100+ points is nothing to scoff at.
The offense was spectacular, but the defense left something to be desired. The Dinos holding the Jazz to under 100 points is always a good sign and the 45% shooting from the field wasn’t horrible. Utah also did shoot an above average 38% from beyond the arc, which can be blamed on DeMarre Carroll‘s absence.
The rebounding definitely made up for any defensive shortcomings, with Toronto dominatating Utah 45-33 on the glass. Jonas Valanciunas and Rudy Gobert led their teams with 8 rebounds each, while both their teams managed to pull down 10 offensive boards.
Game Ball: Kyle Lowry
The man is playing at a completely different level right now than we’ve ever seen before. DeMar also had a great game with 31 points but Lowry managed to produce 32 points, 4 boards, 5 dimes, 3 steals and a block against the Jazz. His heroics have been big for the Raptors, and serve as a great sign for the Raptors going forward.