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DeRozan, Lowry hold off Nuggets’ challenge in Raptors home win

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DeMar DeRozan (Photo Courtesy: Mark Runyon/Creative Commons)

The Toronto Raptors survived a good challenge from the visiting Denver Nuggets winning 105-102 on Monday night. DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry led the scoring for the Raptors, which got the victory after Danilo Gallinari missed from the three-point area with no time left in the clock.

DeRozan had 33 points while Lowry had 29 in the Raptors’ second win of the season. Gallinari had 16 points, the same output from Will Barton and Emmanuel Mudiay but the Nuggets just couldn’t make the plays in the end game.

Lowry added 7 assists but it was a pair of baskets down the stretch that was key in the Raptors win. DeRozan continued his scoring barrage to start the season with his third straight 30-plus points game, a record for the franchise.

Jonas Valanciunas posted 12 points and 9 rebounds while Patrick Patterson scored just 3 points off the bench but had 7 rebounds and 5 blocks.

Jusuf Nurkic had a double-double of 13 points and a career-high 18 rebounds for Denver, which dropped to a 1-2 record to start the year.

The Nuggets also suffered a close loss in their last game, with an overtime defeat at home against the Portland Trail Blazers on Sunday. Damian Lillard made the game-winner with 0.3 seconds left in the game.

This was a nice bounce back game for the Raptors, which are also coming off a close loss to East rivals Cleveland Cavaliers and LeBron James in their last game. The Cavs defeated the Raptors, 94-91 last Saturday.

Photo Courtesy: Mark Runyon/Wikimedia Commons

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