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14:50  16 may  2019
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Lowry passes DeRozan to become Raptors' all-time playoff scoring leader

Lowry passes DeRozan to become Raptors' all-time playoff scoring leader With his ninth point in Game 5 against the Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday, Toronto Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry passed DeMar DeRozan to become the franchise's all-time leader in playoff scoring. Your NEW franchise leader in playoff points Congrats, @Klow7! #WeTheNorth — Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) May 24, 2019 Raptors all-time playoff points Lowry finished with 17 points on 4-of-11 shooting in 38 minutes of action in a 105-99 victory over the Bucks. The five-time All-Star also contributed seven rebounds, six assists, and a pair of steals. Copyright © 2019 Score Media Ventures Inc. All rights reserved. Certain content reproduced under license.

Lowry and Leonard combined for 18 points in the third quarter, and Lowry 's three with 4:25 to play in the quarter gave the Raptors a 20-point lead, their biggest of the game. The Raptors host the Boston Celtics on Friday then fly to Washington to face the Wizards — last season's first-round post-season

The Raptors ' DeMar DeRozan looks for an opening to the hoop against Miami's Joe Johnson during Game 6 play Friday night. DeRozan and Kyle Lowry combined for 59 points but it wasn't enough as Miami won to force a Game 7 Sunday. (Alan Diaz / The Associated Press).

MILWAUKEE—Kyle Lowry arrived at the arena here Wednesday with a funny looking blue oven mitt thing on his left hand and said he hadn’t really touched a basketball since Sunday, when he banged up his thumb in Game 7 against Philadelphia.

“It’s why we have shootaround,” he said. “Mind over matter on some things, and we’ll tape it up and get it ready to go.”

Seemed to work.

Lowry shrugged off any semblance of discomfort with his thumb or the time it cost him in the gym since the Sixers series ended and came up with a gem here in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference final.

Lowry: Nothing to be done about thumb until off-season except play through pain

Lowry: Nothing to be done about thumb until off-season except play through pain MILWAUKEE — Kyle Lowry will be playing in pain for the rest of the post-season. Whether the Raptors' thrilling playoff run ends against Milwaukee, or Toronto goes on to make its first appearance in the NBA Finals in franchise history, the point guard said the pain will be a constant companion. "I will not be able to get it taken care of until after the season's over," Lowry said at Thursday morning's shootaround. The 33-year-old Lowry injured the thumb during Game 7 of the conference semifinals against Philadelphia when he fell on it and it "popped out." He's since been wearing a blue compression glove — his "oven mitt" as he calls it — that helps with circulation.

Raptor Kyle Lowry lingers after Friday night's season-ending Game 6 defeat at the ACC. And that, really, was where the road to this campaign’s great success began. Lowry , the man Raptors coach Dwane Casey calls the “head of the snake in Toronto,” didn’t allow last spring’s failure to rest lightly on

On opening night in which several Toronto Raptors stood out – including Kawhi Leonard, the It was a vintage DeRozan performance. His first bucket as a Spur was a pull-up jumper from 13-feet out. In Toronto, a few hours earlier, Lowry was getting set to take the court ahead of the Raptors ’ season

Hitting a career playoff-high seven three-pointers, Lowry had 30 points in Toronto’s 108-100 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks at the Fiserv Forum.

But it was a wasted effort in the end. The Bucks rattled off 10 straight points in the final 21/2 minutes to complete a late-game comeback.

The result will not faze Lowry in the least because the Raptors point guard is not hard-wired to ever get too excited or too crushed, or to read too much into one single basketball game. But given his play — he had seven rebounds to go with his scoring — there will be a feeling of opportunity lost by the Raptors.

Brook Lopez was the difference as the veteran Bucks centre poured in 29 points to lead Milwaukee. Toronto will feel cheated that they lost when they held Giannis Antetokoumpo to just 24 points and wasted a 31-point game from Kawhi Leonard.

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Best bets, player props to consider for Raptors-Bucks Game 2 Here are the best bets and player props to consider for Raptors-Bucks. Toronto Raptors at Milwaukee Bucks Line: Bucks -6.5 Total: 216 The Raptors were on the brink of stealing the opener in Milwaukee. Then the Bucks' late fourth-quarter surge resulted in Toronto failing to cover the 6.5 points the team was getting. After recording 100 points in Game 1, the Raptors are still struggling to score on the road in the playoffs. They're averaging just 100.3 points per game away from home. Neither team's offense was particularly solid on Wednesday. The Raptors shot 37 percent from the floor, and Milwaukee was only slightly better at 39.8 percent.

Raptors ' embarrassing Game 3 loss felt all too familiar. Lowry : 'I'm not helping (Kawhi) enough '. The Blazers led 33-32 after the first quarter, but thanks in large part to Lowry 's 12 second-quarter points, the Raptors outscored Portland by 10 and went into halftime up 64-57.

It wasn’t enough . Not on a night when the Raptors finally played (most of the game) like the No. 2 seeds they are — bludgeoning the Pacers on the boards and protecting the basketball — while the Pacers were getting a human performance from their mostly inhuman superstar, Paul George.

Lowry had been held in check during the regular season by the Bucks, averaging a paltry 6.3 points per game on just 23 per cent shooting from the field, brutal numbers for the five-time all-star.

“The one game I missed a lot of shots and they forced (the ball out of my hands) I think Serge (Ibaka) shot like 20-something times that game and that was their game plan. The other couple, I just didn’t play well.

“That stuff doesn’t matter, that’s regular season.”

That’s they way Lowry operates now and forever. He is hugely demonstrative during games, frantically gesturing when things go poorly, exhorting his teammates when games are going well.

But he’s also got the ability to focus solely on the task at hand, to not let defeats of the past rankle him or recent success go to his head.

It was pointed out to him Wednesday morning that he had plenty of post-season run-ins with these Bucks, with Eric Bledsoe and Malcolm Brogdon and George Hill and maybe that would have something to do with Wednesday’s result?

Bucks rally to take Game 1 from Raptors

Bucks rally to take Game 1 from Raptors Brook Lopez scored 13 of his career playoff-high 29 points in the fourth quarter and Milwaukee closed the game on a 10-0 run to beat the Toronto.

Kyle Lowry (born March 25, 1986) is an American professional basketball player for the Toronto Raptors of the National Basketball Association (NBA).

The Toronto Raptors were not great but they were certainly good enough to rout the Cleveland Cavaliers 116-104 at the Scotiabank Arena to open the NBA regular season on Kawhi Leonard leads Kyle Lowry up court during Wednesday night’s Raptor season opener at Scotiabank Arena.

“Nothing,” he said. “It’s a different year, different playoffs, different game. It’s a new series.

“It’s zero-zero in the series and everything’s different. Every game will be different, everything in the past is gone, everything we’ve done, they’ve done doesn’t matter. Now it’s about (Game 1) and get ready to go.”

The Bucks also weren’t going to put too much weight on Lowry’s regular season and had augmented their backcourt defence by the addition of George Hill at the trade deadline. It wasn’t done with Lowry specifically in mind, but it couldn’t hurt.

“I mean, it’s such a small sample size,” Milwaukee coach Mike Budenholzer said before the game. “There’s so many different things that happen in the regular season, it is important. We look at it. We watch the film.

“To be honest with you, I have no idea if what you said is even true. But we’ll continue to guard him and do our best and just see how it goes.”

It didn’t go well against Lowry for the Bucks, but Lopez’s startling production — he took a team-high 21 shots, including 11 three-pointers — was the difference.

The Bucks maintained their grip on homecourt advantage with the win and will remain oddsmaker’s favourites. That, too, doesn’t bother Lowry.

“Nothing matters but getting wins, noting matters about who says what or what happens,” he said. “You gotta go out there and lace ’em up and play basketball. To me, it’s the playoffs, there’s four of us, four teams left, and we’re all pretty good.”

Doug Smith is a sports reporter based in Toronto. Follow him on Twitter: @smithraps

Lowry scores 25 as Raptors even up series against Bucks with 120-102 win.
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