SAN ANTONIO — Kyle Lowry has had some stellar games as a member of the Raptors but Sunday’s might be right up there with his very best.
In just over 39 minutes, Lowry scored a personal season-high 41 points, going 12-for-16 from the field including six-for-seven from beyond the three-point line. He also had nine rebounds and seven assists, while committing just four turnovers.
It was a tour-de-force to be sure, but the efficiency of his night was what made it stand out.
According to basketball reference and with a hat tip to Michael Lee, NBA senior writer for the Vertical, who tweeted this out, Lowry, is the 10th player since 1983-84 to score at least 41 on 16 or fewer FGA. Isaiah Thomas had 44 on 16 on December 20th for the Celtics.
That’s 75% success from the field and 85.7% success rate from behind the arc.
Lowry was almost as good on the first game of this trip back on Dec. 23 in Utah when he scored 36 on 75% shooting from the field but was just 50% from deep.
As stunning as those numbers are, leave it to teammate and good friend DeMar DeRozan to still find a way to bust on his backcourt buddy.
“He could have had more,” DeRozan said smiling as he made sure Lowry could hear him. “I think he missed four or five shots he could have made.”
Lowry is not the type to highlight his own personal stats or accomplishments.
He counts success in the win column and the win column only.
And he takes great pride in doing most of his damage in the fourth quarter when games are won and lost.
“I just have to go out there and do my job,” he said. “That’s my time to go out there and be more aggressive.”