Lowry scores 32 in Raptors' victory over Celtics

Sat Mar 19, 2016 12:25am EDT
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(The Sports Xchange) - Despite concluding a stretch of four games in five nights, with travel, the Toronto Raptors were able to pour it on in the fourth quarter to outscore the Celtics 26-17 and defeat Boston 105-91 Friday.

Kyle Lowry led the way with a game-high 32 points, five assists and four rebounds.

R.J. Hunter hit a shot from beyond the arc with less than a minute remaining in the third quarter to cut Toronto's lead to five, 79-74, through three quarters.

However, Lowry turned it on in the fourth, scoring 15 points on 3-of-5 shooting from beyond the arc. The 29-year-old said he had a little extra motivation by way of a Celtics fan behind the Boston bench, who was chirping him all night.

"It was to a fan back there," Lowry said of his gesture during the final period. "I would never disrespect a bench. Those guys, that coaching staff -- I have the ultimate respect for those guys down there. It was definitely not towards them and I went and told them it was for a fan who was talking trash the whole game.

"Just talking trash the whole game, but I think I got the last word in that one."

Toronto (47-21) has now won three straight and 12 of 15.

Luis Scola finished with 17 points and three rebounds. DeMar DeRozan added 15 points, seven rebounds and six assists.

"It's definitely big because you're playing against teams that are fighting for something," said DeRozan of the four-games-in-five-days stretch. "It's the end of the season, you have every excuse in the world. Just to go out and play aggressive like we did, on the defensive end after these four games in five nights, it's definitely great."   Continued...

Mar 18, 2016; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry (7) dribbles past Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart (36) in the second quarter at Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: Peter Llewellyn-USA TODAY Sports