Kyle Lowry’s long-range shooting propels Raptors past Knicks

Kyle Lowry’s long-range shooting propels Raptors past Knicks
NEW YORK—Kyle Lowry was drilling three-pointers, gesticulating crazily after slights from officials, both real and imagined, dishing out assists, and pestering anyone he was defending.

Being Kyle Lowry, as it were.

As Marc Gasol made his first appearance with the Raptors, it was a boisterous night from the veteran point guard — Lowry had five three-pointers and 22 points — that led Toronto to a harder-than-necessary 104-99 win over the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden.

In three games since sitting out a Raptors win over the Los Angeles Clippers, Lowry has now made 13 three-pointers in 27 attempts, nearly 50 per cent efficiency.

“We think we found some mechanics in (Lowry’s) shot, we’ve corrected them and now it looks like that’s what it was and it’s paying off,” coach Nick Nurse said

Danny Green also made four threes on Saturday as the Raptors overcame several sluggish stretches to run their record to 41-16.

The Raptors pulled away in the final 90 seconds.

Nurse said his frontcourt rotation is “very, very fluid” and he may flit between Ibaka and Gasol as starters eventually.

Gasol ended up playing about 19 minutes with six rebounds and seven points.

“It’s my first game, but you have to keep it simple,” Gasol said. “It’s only going to get better, get more comfortable out there. But the level of energy — that’s not up for debate. You have to bring that either way. Just take it one step at a time.”

Powell and Anunoby went a combined 7-for-16 from the floor Saturday and had no major impact on the game in a combined 31 minutes.

Under the rules, teams cannot add a player on a 10-day unless they have a minimum of 12 players on full NBA deals.

After last week’s flurry of trades that sent five players with only Marc Gasol coming back, the Raptors are at 10 and need to sign two players for deals to the end of the year before they can give Miller his 10-day contract.
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