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Lowry's triple-double keys Raptors over Pacers

Mar 17, 2015 - 2:56 AM Indianapolis, IN ( - Kyle Lowry scored 20 points and added 11 rebounds and 10 assists for his second triple-double this season to lead the Toronto Raptors to a 117-98 win over the Indiana Pacers.

Toronto never trailed on its way to its second win in three games and a season sweep of Indiana. Lou Williams paced the Raptors with 24 points off the bench, DeMar DeRozan scored 22, and Jonas Valanciunas contributed 14 points and 12 boards.

"That's the best 48 minutes, or close to 48 minutes, we've had in a while," said Raptors coach Dwane Casey. "We have to continue to keep that focus."

The Pacers lost two in a row for the first time since their seven-game losing streak in January. George Hill led Indiana with 23 points, and Rodney Stuckey netted 20 off the bench.

Toronto's backcourt had no problem handling Indiana's tough defense in the first quarter. Lowry and DeRozan scored eight points apiece, and the Raptors shot 55 percent to take a 29-24 lead after one.

"This team is great at 3-point shooting and at drawing fouls," said Pacers coach Frank Vogel. "That's why they're tough to guard."

The Raptors started the second period on an 8-0 run, spurred by Lowry's 3 on the first possession, and he set up two alley-oops in a span of three trips down the floor late in the period to give Toronto a 54-40 lead.

Indiana closed the half on a 14-4 run and trailed just 58-54 at the break. Hill and Roy Hibbert each scored six points while Toronto missed its last four shots.

C.J. Miles' free throws had the Pacers within two at the start of the second half, but Toronto connected from long distance on three consecutive possessions to go back up 11.

Indiana scored the last six points of the third and trailed 88-81 after 36 minutes, but like all of its earlier runs, it was answered by the Raptors.

Williams opened the fourth with a 3 to extend Toronto's lead back to 10, and the Pacers did not get any closer than nine the rest of the game. Their last field goal came with 6:15 remaining in the game, and the Raptors finished the contest on a 15-5 run.

Game Notes

Toronto needed just 67 games to reach 40 wins, the fastest it has reached that mark in team history after needing 70 in the 1999-2000 season ... Raptors forward Terrence Ross left the game early due to back spasms ... Toronto shot 12-of-23 from 3-point range while Indiana was just 2-of-19 ... The Pacers only committed four turnovers ... Hibbert finished with 17 points and seven rebounds.