Kyle Lowry’s 11th career triple-double propelled the Toronto Raptors (19-8) to a lopsided victory over the outmatched Brooklyn Nets (11-17), 120-87. It was really a laugher of a contest from the second half on, as the Raptors took control to improve to an NBA-best 10-1 at home this season.
DeMar DeRozan helped the Raptors get off to a fast start, scoring 20 of his game-high 31 points in the first half. He was incredibly efficient, too, converting 10 of his 13 first-half field goals, and 14 of 19 on the night. Two of his points came on without a doubt the most triumphant slam of the season, with DeRozan soaring up and slamming down Lowry’s alley-oop feed to send the Air Canada Centre crowd into hysterics.
Toronto’s bigs once again played exceptionally, with Serge Ibaka and Jonas Valanciunas combining for 32 points and 13 rebounds.
The Raptors got out to an early 10-point advantage and led 30-20 after the first quarter, but the Nets would respond with a 14-0 run in the second to take a slim lead. Toronto had an answer for the run, though, going on an 11-0 of its own near the end of the quarter to restore the lead to double digits.
Delon Wright made his return for Toronto and was effective in limited minutes. He got more time to reacclimatize himself to NBA basketball after missing a few weeks, with the game having already been wrapped up by the time the fourth quarter started.
Raptors are back on the court for a matinee matchup with the Sacramento Kings on Sunday.