Raptors arrest two-game slide and send Lakers to third straight loss
Kyle Lowry and the Raptors get back on the winning track as the losing run continues for D'Angelo Russell and the Lakers. AP

KYLE Lowry scored 41 points as the Toronto Raptors leaned on a strong fourth quarter to beat the slumping Lakers and halt their two-game losing streak on Sunday in Los Angeles (Monday, Manila time).

Lowry, wound up two points shy of his career high in a game, made of six of seven 3-pointers, sank all 11 free throws and 12 of 16 overall from the field. He also had nine rebounds and seven assists.

The Lakers led by 12 in the first half but the Raptors cut it to a point, 58-57, by halftime.

Toronto was up by two at the start of the last period when Terrence Ross buried a 26-footer to spark a 20-5 run.

The Lakers tried to rally but the closest they could manage was to cut the deficit to five, 119-114, after a triple by D’Angelo Russell with 42 seconds left.

Lowry made key freethrows to hold off the home team.

Toronto made 10 of 17 shots from downtown and 56 percent overall from the field.

DeMar Derozan had 31 points and three assists for Toronto, which improved to a 23-10 record and 12-5 on the road. Jonas Valanciunas added 14 points and 10 rebounds.  

Russell finished with 28 points while Nick Young buried 7 of 9 triples to end with 26 for the Lakers, who lost their third straight. 

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