KYLE Lowry buried a clutch basket to lift the Raptors over the New Orleans Pelicans in a 108-106 overtime thriller in Toronto on Tuesday (Wednesday, Manila time).
The step-back, contested jumper with 4.3 seconds left capped an impressive night for Lowry who finished with 33 points and 10 assists. The three-time NBA All-Star also matched his season high 3-pointers in a game, going 6 of 14.
Toronto has won two in a row and swept its season series against New Orleans.
Jonas Valanciunas added 20 points and 12 rebounds for the Raptors, who won their third straight game against the Pelicans and the ninth of their last 11 meetings.
Jrue Holiday scored 30 points and Anthony Davis had 18 points and 17 rebounds for his 30th double-double for the Pelicans, who fell to their second straight loss.
New Orleans was trailing 102-106 with just over a minute to play in the extra period. Davis tied the game with floating jump shot with 29 seconds remaining.
During the Raptors possession, Lowry maximized their shot clock before his burying the dagger basket.
E'Twaun Moore, who tied a career high with five 3-pointers, had a chance to win it from downtwon for the Pelicans with 1.9 seconds left, but his shot missed as time expired.
The Pelicans enjoyed hot shooting in the first half, going 8 of 16 from beyond the arc compared to 2 of 12 for the Raptors. New Orleans ended the second quarter with a 7-0 run for a 60-46 halftime advantage.
The Raptors started the third quarter with a 12-1 run to get back in the fight. They retook the lead with DeMarre Carroll's jump shot with 5:01 remaining in the period and had a 77-75 lead heading into the fourth.
Toronto missed the services of leading scorer DeMar DeRozan due to a right ankle injury.