DeMar DeRozan’s floater and subsequent free throw to complete an and-one opportunity with 26 seconds left in overtime helped the Toronto Raptors squeak past the Brooklyn Nets for a narrow 114-113 victory at Barclays Center. DeRozan was magnificent throughout this game, getting key buckets for the Raptors when they needed them most down the stretch to finish with a game-high 35 points.
Despite the fifth straight win, Raptors fans were left with an uncomfortable feeling of uncertainty as the final buzzer sounded.
At the 1:09 mark of the overtime period, Kyle Lowry went up against Joe Harris and Quincy Acy to try and haul in an offensive rebound. After failing to come down with the board, Lowry took a hard fall, landing square on his back. He took a quick breather, got himself up, then collapsed after trying to walk off under his own power. Lowry had to be carried to the locker room with the help of his teammates.
By the looks of it, Lowry’s injury – which was announced as an acute back spasm postgame – should force him to miss some time. As for how long he’ll be out, that is yet to be determined. Expect Delon Wright’s workload to increase substantially with Lowry out of the lineup.
After finishing with 20 points and 13 rebounds in just 17 minutes against Milwaukee this past Friday, Jonas Valanciunas nearly replicated the exact same stat line to a tee. The big man finished with 21 points, 13 rebounds, and one block in 26 minutes of action. Valanciunas has been plagued with inconsistent performances for the majority of the season, but his last two outings are very encouraging. With Lowry potentially missing time, the Lithuanian will need to be counted on for performances like these even more regularly in the short-term.
Spencer Dinwiddie scored a career-high 31 points and dished eight assists in the loss for Brooklyn.
The Raptors play the second night of their back-to-back Tuesday night against the Miami Heat at Air Canada Centre.