The 27-year-old will not play in the Raptors' matchup with the Jazz in Utah because of a sore ankle, the team announced. They remained aggressive on both ends of the floor and that intensity will keep them competitive against most teams in the league. Chris Paul, who is averaging 9.3 assists per contest for the Houston Rockets.
Raptors won both games against the Kings last season (at home by 15 points and on the road by 15 as well). He finished with 25 points.
Lowry's efficiency doesn't stop at his playmaking.
Two seconds later, Kyle Korver turned the ball over, and Evan Fournier made one of two free throws to tie the game after he was fouled at the basket with 13 seconds remaining.
Prior to tipoff, the Lakers learned they would not have to contend with former NBA Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard and his season averages of 26.1 points, 7.6 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 2.0 steals, as Toronto coach Nick Nurse announced his star forward was being held out with soreness in his left foot. The Raptors get them just back from a four-game East Coast swing that saw them pick up wins in Miami, Orlando, and Atlanta before getting shellacked in Milwaukee in the final game of the trip.
Slow start: The wear and tear of back-to-back games, a time-zone change and the altitude in Salt Lake City showed in the early going, with Toronto going down by as many as nine in the first quarter and giving up seven turnovers to the homeside's two.
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The Kings have been without Bogdan Bogdanovic through their 6-4 start this season as he recovered from a procedure on his left knee.
With him on the bench? "We got a W, and I'm happier now than scoring a lot of points [in a loss]". "You're not going to be successful every possession, but that has to be where our focus is".
The Raptors have even gotten it done in the minutes Lowry has been out there without Leonard.
After leading the way in charges drawn last season, Lowry has already drawn eight this season, the most in the National Basketball Association.
The Kings run three traditional centres out there on any given night, which likely means Jonas Valanciuans gets the start in Sacramento, but Ibaka has proven just as unsafe and deadly coming off the bench as he has been starting. "At the point of attack we allowed them to get where they wanted to go, however they wanted to go to start the game".
Lakers: Starting with their fourth-quarter slump in Portland on Saturday night, the Lakers were outscored 75-34 in a 21:16 stretch spanning the two games.