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Raptors Strike Gold in Denver, Defeat Nuggets 116-102

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The dreaded Western Conference road trip continues to provide good fortune as the Raptors roll into the Pepsi Center and leave with their 24th win on the season.

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O Canada, we stand on guard Lowry.

Kyle Lowry hovered around triple-double territory with 30 points, 11 assists and seven rebounds to help lead the Raptors to their first season sweep of the Denver Nuggets since 2003-04 on Sunday night. It was the fourth 30-point, 10-assist game of his career and his 9th double-double on the season.

The Raptors led by one heading into the fourth quarter, but a 28-15 period put things away for good.

Lou Williams feasted on the carcasses of Nugget players for the second time this season, dropping a team-high 31 points on 18 shots. How sweet it is.

"The Manimal" Kenneth Faried was a man possessed on the glass, pulling down 19 rebounds with seven on the offensive glass. He and Lawson (28 points and seven assists) were Denver's bright spots, although Wilson Chandler somehow wound up with a (Pepsi Center) quiet 20 points and 10 rebounds of his own.

Both sides let free-throw shooting get the best of them throughout the night. Toronto left 12 points at the line (20-of-32), while Denver had 10 misses (24-of-34).

And welcome back to our good graces, Tyler Hansbrough. Huge effort off the bench in 19 minutes with 10 points and six boards, including this facial of a jam early in the second quarter.

I can only imagine how tired the players are after this doozy of a performance. Altitude is always an issue in Denver, so their lungs went through the grinder in a big way.

Better rest up on Monday, because Damian Lillard and the Portland Trail Blazers await on Dec. 30.