Raptors host Heat, but could be without Lowry

From FOX Sports - January 8, 2018

TORONTOThe Toronto Raptors eked out an overtime victory over the Nets on Monday night, but they left Brooklyn uncertain about the status of injured All-Star point guard Kyle Lowry.

The club said Lowry sustained an acute back spasm and would be reevaluated Tuesday.

The injury to Lowry made a tough night even more difficult.

While the Raptors were working overtime to beat the Nets 114-113, the Miami Heat were resting for their game against Toronto on Tuesday night at the Air Canada Centre.

Lowry hit the court hard on a play under the basket late in overtime Monday. He had trouble getting to his feet and when he did, his legs buckled. He was carried to the dressing room and then taken for x-rays.

I think (the injury is) more of a bruise than anything else, Raptors coach Dwane Casey said.

The Raptors (28-10) led by 10 points with 4:40 to play in regulation and won in overtime when DeMar DeRozan, who had 35 points, made a free throw to complete a three-point play with 26 seconds left.

Im always optimistic, DeRozan said about Lowrys injury. Im always tough on him. Hes extremely tough, so I hate to see any type of injury. Hopefully its nothing serious. Thats all we can hope for. I dont want to think too much about it. He fell. He fell hard and as long as nothing is broke or anything like that then he should be fine.

The Raptors have won five games in a row overall and 10 straight over the Nets. They will have to play a better game against the Heat.

We had too many defensive breakdowns, DeRozan said. They took advantage of it. I think they hit four 3s in a row that got them back in the game. We cant have lapses like that, especially four 3s, and they were right back in the game and we made it tough on ourselves. We win in overtime. We had to fight being down, but we figured it out.

The Heat (22-17) took Monday off after defeating the Utah Jazz 103-102 on Sunday.


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