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Toronto Raptors - Kyle Lowry (Photo by Oscar Baldizon/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Kyle Lowry

Kyle Lowry is back to his usual self, or there or thereabouts, even if he missed the game against the Los Angeles Lakers. While he wasn’t particularly missed in the win, he would have made it a no-contest for sure. Either way, we got a fairly pedestrian game, even with the scores relatively close.

Lowry’s week started with a triple-double performance against the New Orleans Pelicans, rounding out his game with 13 points, 11 rebounds, and 12 assists. Kawhi Leonard led the team to the victory with 31 points, but it was Lowry’s all-around performance that really made the headlines.

It was Kyle’s fourteenth triple-double of his career and his second of the season. This one might not have been as prolific as his 21 points, 12 rebounds and 17 assists performance against the Atlanta Hawks, but he helped lead the Raptors to victory again, and that’s all that matters.

Lowry’s three-point shooting was on full display once again this week, shooting 48-percent across the three games he played in this week. He even tied his season-high six made three-pointers against the Miami Heat, helping himself to another double-double with 24 points and 10 assists in the blowout victory in South Beach.

Even in the poor performance against the Cavaliers, Lowry was one of the most effective players on the court for the Raptors, scoring 14 points on 5-8 shooting in 29 minutes of playing time.

A lot of Lowry’s play goes beyond the box score, but this week we saw him contribute in just about every way possible. He’s starting to come into form at the perfect time, and with a new cast around him, he’ll be looking to continue on from his strong playoff performance last year.