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Dinos & Digits: A Kyle Lowry Lovefest

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This week, we look at Lowry’s franchise records, conference-leading plus-minus, and increased scoring.

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Welcome back to Dinos & Digits, a column where we dive into the box scores and find five interesting or strange Raptors statistics and put them on front street for discussion.

We like to explore a mix of both individual player and team statistics, ranging from raw box score numbers to some interesting and funky advanced metrics. The goal is to present the numbers without too much opinion attached, leaving those debates for the comment section.

OK, let's get down to it. Here are this week's interesting digits:

Kyle Lowry is now the Raptors’ franchise leader in three-pointers made with 808.

He passed the team’s previous leader, Morris Peterson (801), during Monday’s game against the Los Angeles Clippers.

Mo Pete was pretty cool with it:

Terrence Ross is next in line behind Lowry and Peterson with 597 and counting.

Kyle Lowry’s 15-point, 11-rebound, 11-assist triple-double against the Brooklyn Nets on Sunday was the seventh of his Raptors career.

Not only is Lowry the franchise leader in triple-doubles, but his seven matches the combined totals of Damon Stoudamire (3), Jose Calderon (2), and Marcus Camby (2), the next three on the list.

The only other Raptors to ever record a triple-double were Vince Carter, Charles Oakley, Mark Jackson, Alvin Williams, and Ben Uzoh, who each did it once apiece. Meanwhile, Chris Bosh never managed to pull it off as a Raptor, and DeMar DeRozan has yet to do so.

For some perspective on how few triple-doubles there have been in Raptors history, Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder has recorded more this season alone (25), than the Raps have had in total over their 22 seasons of existence (19).

Kyle Lowry has the highest plus-minus in the Eastern Conference this season at +317.

The next closest competitor is Patrick Patterson at +277, followed by Bradley Beal and John Wall of the Washington Wizards at +257 and +244, respectively.

On a league-wide level, Lowry ranks sixth, trailing only the Golden State Warriors quartet of Stephen Curry (+626), Kevin Durant (+551), Klay Thompson (+518), and Draymond Green (+496), as well as Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers (+331).

This year, both DeMar DeRozan (22) and Kyle Lowry (9) have already set career-highs for games in which they’ve scored 30 or more points.

DeRozan is closing in on Vince Carter’s franchise record of 30 such contests, which he set in 2000-01.

Kyle Lowry’s 24.9 points per game scored in January was the highest-scoring full month of his career.

That marks the second straight month that Lowry has set that record after averaging 24.4 points per game in December.

His previous high coming into this season was the 23.6 points per game he scored in February of 2016.

On the year, Lowry is averaging a career-high 23.0 points per game.

All stats courtesy of basketball-reference.com, NBA.com/stats, and statmuse.com.