One night after getting spanked at home by Portland, 113-97, Toronto went on the road and spanked Indiana by an almost identical score, 117-98.
How does that happen? How does a team get spanked – and then administer a spanking – in 24 hours?
“It’s one of the things in the NBA: You always got a game,” Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry said on CBS Sports Radio’s Ferrall on the Bench. “There’s always a game a different day, and every single day it’s a different type of game. Sunday night, we just didn’t bring it and Portland gave it to us. And tonight, we brought our intensity and we got the win.”
Lowry recorded a triple-double against the Pacers, finishing with 20 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists. He also had three steals for a Toronto team that entered the night having lost 10 of its previous 12 games.
“Every game is important” Lowry said. “I think throughout the whole season, every game is important. Games that we lost that we should have won, those games are important – especially now. We got to get in a rhythm and get on the same page because the playoffs are probably a month away now.”
Toronto shooting guard DeMar DeRozan finished with 22 points but wasn’t quite as efficient as Lowry, who shot 7-of-13 from the floor, including 5-of-8 from three-point range. Derozan shot just 6-of-19 from the floor but was 10-of-11 at the foul line.
“It’s always fun playing with a guy who’s going to get (points),” Lowry said. “He’s a scorer. So no matter how many shots he takes, that’s what he’s supposed to do. That’s his job. He’s supposed to shoot those shots. That’s our go-to guy. To have a guy like that who can go out there and still get his points and get to the free-throw line and get us to the bonus is great. I think we just got a good team and everyone feeds off each other.”
That includes Louis Williams, who scored a game-high 24 points off the bench.
“That’s what he does,” Lowry said. “He should be Sixth Man of the Year. That’s what he does. He comes and gives us that instant offense.”
Toronto (40-27) is currently the 3-seed in the East, trailing Cleveland (43-26) by two games and leading Chicago (40-28) by just a half game. It’s been a tough stretch for the Raptors, but they do play five of their next seven games at home.
Lowry expects his team to be ready to roll come playoff time.
“That’s what we do,” he said. “We’re not worried about (what) people (say). We can go out there and do our jobs no matter what. We want to have fun and play games and not worry about having people talk about us. We like doing our thing. When the end of the day and the end of the season comes, we go out there and play our game and we keep approaching it with a winning attitude.”
Toronto hosts Minnesota (14-52) on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. ET.