NBA Wrap: Raptors get sixth straight win, Lakers slump to worst defeat

Kyle Lowry's 24 points led Toronto Raptors to its sixth straight win while an off day for LeBron James meant Los Angeles Lakers slumped to its worst defeat of the season.

Four-time all-star Kyle Lowry, who also had six assists, has now scored in double figures in 16 consecutive games against the Memphis Grizzlies.   -  AP

Kyle Lowry tallied 24 points as the NBA-leading Toronto Raptors continued its dominance by storming back from a 17-point deficit to beat the resurgent Memphis Grizzlies 122-114 on Tuesday.

Four-time all-star Lowry, who also had six assists, has now scored in double figures in 16 consecutive games against the Grizzlies.

“It was a good win. We put ourselves in a hole and we had to dig ourselves out, but we did what had to do to win the game,” said Lowry.

 

Fred VanVleet also scored 18 points for the Raptors which has won nine of the last 11 contests against the Grizzlies including three of the last four in Memphis.

Toronto used a three point shooting barrage halfway through the fourth quarter to wipe out a Grizzlies' lead and seize command in front of a crowd of 14,100 at the FedEx Forum. The Raptors outscored the Southwest Division leading Memphis 17-2 during that stretch and would never trail again.

VanVleet drained three shots from beyond the arc in the fourth and Lowry finished with five of eight attempted threes. VanVleet made all six shots he took in the game. Kawhi Leonard delivered 17 points and 10 rebounds and Serge Ibaka added 16 for the Raptors who have compiled a sizeable winning streak since suffering a three-game losing skid.

It will face its biggest test on Thursday when it squares off against the two-time defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors which could have Stephen Curry back.

Lakers suffers season's worst loss

Elsewhere, Paul Millsap, Jamal Murray and Malik Beasley scored 20 points apiece, and Denver Nuggets clobbered Los Angeles Lakers 117-85 to record its biggest victory ever over it.

Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James finished with a season-low two assists and went zero-of-four from beyond the arc against Denver Nuggets.   -  AP

 

Nikola Jokic added 14 points and Juancho Hernangomez had 12 for the Nuggets, whose 32-point win surpassed a 29-point victory in 1993. Nuggets has won four in a row.

LeBron James had a season-low 14 points for the Lakers, which suffered its worst loss of the season after shooting an embarrassing 14.3 percent from three-point range. James also finished with a season-low two assists and went zero-of-four from beyond the arc. The Lakers made just five threes in the game.

 

Kyle Kuzma scored 21 points and Brandon Ingram added 14. The Lakers, who handed the Nuggets its first loss of the season in late October in Los Angeles, struggled to find its shooting against Denver's rock solid defense.

Overall Lakers was outshot 48.5 percent to 39.5 percent.