Lowry carries Raptors to wild win

By John Schuhmann, NBA.com


VIDEO: Nets vs. Raptors: Game 5

HANG TIME NEW JERSEY – After Game 4 in Brooklyn on Sunday, Kyle Lowry said of DeMar DeRozan, “This man is becoming a superstar before everybody’s eyes.”

That’s a nice thing to say about a teammate, but Lowry himself has been the Raptors’ best player this season and the best player in this first-round series. On Wednesday, he carried his team to a wild 115-113 victory in Game 5. Lowry scored 36 points, dished out six assists and turned the ball over only once as the Toronto Raptors took a 3-2 series lead over the Brooklyn Nets, barely hanging on after losing a 26-point lead in 12 minutes.

Raptors coach Dwane Casey had a hard time focusing on anything but the negative afterward. His team allowed an amazing 60 points on Brooklyn’s final 34 possessions of the game, making several defensive mistakes.

But they won the game, because they blistered the Nets late in the second quarter and never allowed them to pull ahead down the stretch. Lowry was the key in both cases.

Lowry did most of his first-half damage (21 points) from the perimeter, making something out of nothing on several possessions and completely outplaying Deron Williams. In fact, as Williams committed two turnovers in the final minute of the second quarter, Lowry capped a 26-4 Raptors run by hitting a floater in traffic and then a ridiculous running 3-pointer off the glass at the buzzer.

And when the Nets had come all the way back from 26 down, it was Lowry who drew a brutal foul on Mirza Teletovic 80 feet from the basket to put the Raptors back ahead. He followed that up by drawing a charge on Alan Anderson and, when the game was tied again two minutes later, he hit a gutsy, step-back three to give his team the lead for good.

“When we need an answer,” Chuck Hayes said afterward, “call Kyle. Kyle will figure it out.”

This series is the latest chapter in the rehabilitation of Lowry’s career. He’s a bulldog. He’ll get in your shirt defensively and fearlessly drive into traffic and find a way to get the ball in the basket, even when there doesn’t seem to be space to do so. He may be the best in the league at drawing fouls on both ends of the floor.

Lowry used to be a pain in the *** for everyone around him, teammates and coaches included. But he’s learned to focus his fire and now, he’s just a pain in the *** for his opponent. Watch him closely on any given night and you’ll wonder if the Raptors could have won 20 games without him.

“He’s a hell of a player,” DeRozan said. “The dog in him makes you want to bring your A-game every single night, because you know he’s going to lay it out there with you.”

Lowry has been the most consistent force in what has been an up-and-down series for both teams. And a myriad of injuries hasn’t put any kind of a dent in his relentlessness.

“He’s never going to stop playing,” Nets coach Jason Kidd said.

Against the most expensive roster in NBA history, featuring several players with much more playoff experience, Kyle Lowry has made it clear that he’s the best player in the series, the real superstar of his team. He has them one win from the conference semifinals and he’s not going to stop until they get there.


VIDEO: DeRozan, Lowry discuss Game 5 victory

12 Comments

  1. Rafiq says:

    This was by far the best playoff game to watch to this point in any of the series matchups. This game 5 between the Raps vs Nets had everything in a great game from an intense ex static atmosphere in the ACC Air Canada Centre arena, lively and electric support from Raptors fans throughout the game outside the ACC in downtown Toronto which was really amazing to see all the people cheering the Raps on to an electrifying victory in game 5, the Raps playing their best playoff basketball ever in a long time sine 2001 (VC Era) especially Lowry scoring 36 points with intensity, and just an overall entertaining game to experience. However, this game really proved that in the playoffs, it is all about experience which wins games for teams. Luckily though, the Raps were able to pull through together as a team in the end and withstand Brooklyn Nets big comeback run!

    • Wolfgang Geiger says:

      I fully agree with you. The fans are amazing and the Raptors are playing very well. Now I have a question:Are you the same “Raf” who runs several fantasy leagues? If yes, please send me an e-mail. My address is “w19geiger63@yahoo.com”. If you are the guy, please get in touch with me, as I have some explaining to do. Wolf

  2. JM says:

    the difference maker this year for the Raptors…

  3. Jerry Lynch says:

    I guess that experienced got a little tried in this one. Go Raptors.

    Jerry

  4. abc says:

    hell, this series would go to game 7! raptors, not so fast in claiming the victory!

  5. thespectator says:

    lowry was working the nets, but that 40+ point 4th quarter by the nets was ridiculous…boy this years playoffs is too entertaining

  6. okc2014 says:

    Let’s see if the Nets can stop the Raptors next game, Really fun stuff!

  7. dunjav2013 says:

    Reblogged this on dunjav.

  8. Kal says:

    Kyle Lowrider … I like to call him when he’s in beast mode like game 4 and game 5.

  9. HEART ATTACK says:

    I suffered a heart attack followed by a stroke from watching the game tonight.
    but the win made it all go away.
    gotta take a asprin for gm6

  10. jdub455 says:

    Derozan may have been an all-star, but lowry is the MVP and real leader of this team…