Kyle Lowry absolutely eviscerated the Jazz, posting a career high 39 points on 13 for 22 shooting (including four for five from deep) and a perfect 9 for 9 from the line. He also tossed in five rebounds, four assists, and a steal to complete one of his best lines of the season.
Kyle is looking every bit the way-too-early-but-still-deserving MVP candidate. He is only one of four players this season with multiple 35+ point games. The other three: LeBron James, James Harden and Kobe Bryant.
Greivis Vasquez (17), Lou Williams (17), Amir Johnson (13), Patrick Patterson (13), and Terrence Ross (11) all scored in double-figures as well, as Dwane Casey got an impressively balanced effort out of his rotation on the second night of a back-to-back and the team's third straight game without their All-Star, DeMar DeRozan (torn left adductor longus). Jonas Valanciunas - who had nine points and six rebounds - was the only Raptor not to shoot better than 50 percent from the floor on the night (he shot four for nine).
The Raptors have looked like offensive juggernauts over their last two games, scoring a combined 240 points in just under 24 hours. Tonight, they shot 57 percent from the floor, 57 percent from long range (12 for 21), and hit 21 for 24 from the charity stripe. Toronto now stands at second in the whole NBA in offensive efficiency (points per 100 possessions) at 112.4, just a shade behind the league-leading Dallas Mavericks at 113.4.
Here's a crazy one... Raptors have now scored 120+ 5 times in 19 gms this season, a feat they accomplished only once last year (a 3OT game)— Josh Lewenberg (@JLew1050) December 4, 2014
On the other side, all five Jazz starters scored in double-figures, with their big men Derrick Favors and Enes Kanter leading the way with 19 points apiece. The Jazz fell to 5-14 on the season and have lost seven in a row.
News & Notes
Tyler Hansbrough took a hard fall on his back after a Rudy Gobert flagrant foul. James Johnson took exception to Gobert's undercutting of Psycho-T (who stayed in the game, but only played a little under six minutes):
The Raptors were completely on fire in the first half:
Paul Jones (@Paul__Jones) December 4, 2014
The Raptors are swinging the ball like they've never heard of the legacy of Raptors Mike James— Bruce Arthur (@bruce_arthur) December 4, 2014