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Raptors' Kyle Lowry scores 18 in victory over the Pelicans

Raptors' Kyle Lowry scores 18 in victory over the Pelicans

DeRozan scored 10 of his 33 points in the final two-and-a-half minutes Thursday, lifting the Toronto Raptors to a thrilling 122-118 win over the New Orleans Pelicans.

But it was guard Jrue Holiday who was the most unsafe offensive weapon for New Orleans, finishing with a game-high 34 points and 11 helpers. Cousins is averaging 25.7 points and 15.3 rebounds on the road trip while Davis is putting up 31.3 points and 14.3 boards in the three games.

While the loss snapped a four-game road winning streak and pulled the Pelicans back down to a 6-6 record, Holiday's inspired outing is a sign New Orleans' two-headed monster can sprout a third when necessary.

Anthony Davis scored 18 points, E'Twaun Moore had 13 and Dante Cunningham 11 for the Pelicans. DeMar DeRozan bailed out the defense with 24 points in the win and is averaging 29 over the last three contests.

"It's everything", DeRozan said. "Jrue was playing great, and they had done a pretty good job on AD". Every big that went in there tonight tried to make everything hard for those guys.

If they stand side by side and extend their arms, their pterodactyl-like wingspan roughly covers a combined 14 feet, which is a considerable barrier to have to try to penetrate for an opponent attacking the rim in an National Basketball Association game.

"I'm gonna say this, New Orleans is a talented offensive team in a multitude of ways", Raptors coach Dwane Casey said. "We can get so much better". Myles Turner had 21 points and 12 rebounds, Victor Oladipo scored 15 points, and Bojan Bogdanovic and Lance Stephenson each had 14.

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"Off our turnovers and their second shots, they ended up with 38 points", Gentry said. Forward Danilo Gallinari (strained left glute) and point guard Milos Teodosic (plantar fascia injury) also will miss Saturday's game.

"It's more challenging when you play at 8 o'clock one night and the next night is at 6", Doc Rivers said before the game.

Pelicans: Cousins was called for a technical foul while sitting on the bench late in the second. Holiday snapped his 3-point shooting drought in the first quarter against the Raptors, making both of his attempts in a 10-point quarter.

By game's end the Pelicans committed a season-high 23 turnovers but leaned on their stars and overall 53.8-percent success rate from the field to close out the pesky Clippers.

Two nights after the Raptors' ugly 119-114 win over Chicago, the game was an entertaining affair that saw the lead change hands 22 times.

After dropping three of their first four home games to open the season, the Pelicans accomplished the mission Saturday night, closing out a 111-103 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers in front of a sold-out crowd of 17,624 fans.

It is nearly unfair competition when you consider that DeMarcus Cousins is 6 foot 11 and 270 pounds while his front-court partner on the New Orleans Pelicans, Anthony Davis, is 6 foot 10 and a relatively svelte 253. He gets the Boston Celtics up next on Sunday.


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