Behind 33 points from DeMar DeRozan and 29 from fellow All-Star guard Kyle Lowry, the Toronto Raptors held off the visiting Denver Nuggets 105-102 Monday night.
DeRozan became the first Raptors ever to register three straight 30-point games to begin a season.
Lowry added seven assists, five rebounds and three steals in the win.
Per the AP:
Despite all that scoring, DeRozan quickly cut off comparisons to stars like Westbrook or New Orleans forward Anthony Davis, who each have a 50-point game already this season.
“Do you see what they were doing?” DeRozan said. “That’s video game numbers. It’s awesome just to … have your name in any type of conversation about elite, top players.”
DeRozan’s run of 30-point games is one shy of Mike James’ stretch from 2006 for the longest run at any point in the season. He’s also the first to start a season with three straight 30-point games without a 3-pointer since Kobe Bryant did it for the Lakers in 2005. […] Danilo Gallinari, Will Barton and Emmanuel Mudiay each had 16 points for Denver, and Jusuf Nurkic added 13 points and a career-high 18 rebounds.