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Jonas Valanciunas, Kyle Lowry push Raptors past Grizzlies

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In a complete effort, Kyle Lowry scored 22 points and notched 12 assists and 7 rebounds to help the Toronto Raptors take down the Memphis Grizzlies, 99-86. The Raptors took quality shots, finishing 36-71 (50.7%) from the field, including 9-17 (52.9%) from beyond the arc. This is the eighth win for Toronto (37-27) in its last 10 games.

Lowry shot 6-14 (4-7 from three-point range) and 6-7 from the free throw line. Other key performers for Toronto were Jonas Valanciunas with 23 points and 9 rebounds, Greivis Vasquez with 17 points and 6 assists, and Amir Johnson with 12 points and 8 rebounds. On 7-13 shooting from the field and 2-4 from the free throw line, Zach Randolph put up 16 points for Memphis in the loss. He also tallied 8 rebounds. Nick Calathes chipped in 11 points and 8 rebounds and Mike Conley finished with 10 points and 6 rebounds.

Along with their eFG% of 57.0%, the Raptors connected at a rate of 52.9% from 3-point range. On the season, they are 6-1 when they record marks above 55% and 40% in those respective categories. Conversely, the Grizzlies are 1-9 when allowing their opponents to reach those percentages.

This defeat means an end to a four-game winning streak for Memphis, pushing their record to 38-27 for the year.

Coming up, the Raptors square off with the Phoenix Suns, who are 37-28 on the season. The Grizzlies match up against the Philadelphia 76ers, currently sitting at 15-50 this year. The Raptors have a 0-1 record against Phoenix this season.


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