Raptors' Lowry thrives in N.Y. spotlight

Raptors guard Kyle Lowry goes up against Nets' Deron Williams (8) and Andray Blatche earlier this...

Raptors guard Kyle Lowry goes up against Nets' Deron Williams (8) and Andray Blatche earlier this season. (AFP)

RYAN WOLSTAT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:30 PM ET

Kyle Lowry can tie a nice bow on his breakout season by starring against the Nets in the first round of the NBA playoffs.

 

It wouldn’t be a stretch, by any means, since Toronto’s point guard, who played well enough all year to get plenty of consideration for the NBA’s third all-star team, took his game to another level whenever a New York-based squad was the competition.

Whether in Manhattan or Brooklyn, Lowry made sure he made the best of playing on two of the NBA’s biggest stages. Lowry averaged 17.9 points on 42.3% shooting (38% from three) against the league as a whole, but improved to 22 points a game on 50% shooting (48% from three) against the Nets and 23.5 points on 53/48% shooting against the Knicks.

Against the Knicks, Lowry made a point of showing owner James Dolan what he was missing (Dolan nixed a deal with the Raptors that would have made both teams’ seasons quite different).

When Brooklyn was on the docket, Lowry was mostly a buzzsa


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