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TORONTO -- Kyle Lowry could have withdrawn into a shell when his name began being tossed about in trade rumours earlier this month. Instead, the Toronto Raptors point guard did the exact opposite. Lowry poured in a season-high 32 points, plus had 11 assists and eight rebounds, to lead the Raptors to a decisive 115-100 victory over the New York Knicks on Saturday -- his latest strong game, prompting coach Dwane Casey to say Lowry is playing the best basketball of his career. "He is playing with such force and confidence," Casey said. "Hes been playing the game the right way and hes been playing lights out." Terrence Ross had seven three-pointers as part of a 23-point performance for the Atlantic Division-leading Raptors (13-15), whove won seven of their last 10 games. DeMar DeRozan finished with 20 points, while Raptors newcomer Greivis Vasquez added 11, and Jonas Valanciunas had 10 boards to go with nine points. But it was Lowry who was the recipient of most of Caseys post-game praise, mostly for the leadership hes showing. At one point during the fourth quarter Saturday, Lowry jumped in to separate Valanciunas and Knicks big man Tyson Chandler. "Just in the locker-room, in practice, on the court, his encouragement to the young players, how you say things to young players, hes been great at that," Casey said. "With all the trade rumours, and all the bullcrap thats going around, hes been positive and upbeat, and a leader. "He could have. . . isolated himself from everybody else, but he dove in and has been positive about it. Im happy for him, and proud of him for handling himself that way." Lowry shrugged off Caseys comments. "What am I going to do? Its a business. Am I going to be mad?" Lowry said. "It is what it is, Im not really worried about it, Ive said it 50 million times and Im going to say it 50 more, until something happens, Im a Raptor and Im going to play for the Raptors and play hard for the Raptors." Torontos victory over the beleaguered Knicks was the second in as many nights, coming a day after they rallied from a 12-point third-quarter deficit to win 95-83 in New York. The Raptors never trailed by more than two points Saturday, and took the lead for good late in the first quarter, pulling away in the second with crisp ball movement, strong team play, and the hot hand of Ross before taking an 85-71 lead into the fourth. Vasquez, acquired in the trade that sent Rudy Gay to Sacramento, drained three consecutive three-pointers in the third for a 17-point Toronto lead. But the Knicks put up some resistance down the stretch, pulling to within six points on a basket by Tyson Chandler with 3:50 left to play. Lowry, who was just two rebounds shy of a triple-double on the night, responded with a pair of free throws and a three-pointer to put Toronto up by 11 and out of danger to the relief of a sellout Air Canada Centre crowd of 19,800. Amare Soudemire had 23 points to top the Knicks (9-21), who were missing Carmelo Anthony (sprained left ankle) and Metta World Peace (sore left knee). Chandler added 16, while former Raptor Andrea Bargnani had 12 points in 17 minutes. "Either way, whether its by 20 or by one, its still a loss," said the Knicks JR Smith. "Every loss is difficult. We try to learn from it as much as you can but it just keeps happening." The Raptors were back in Toronto after going 3-1 on the road -- a stretch that included victories over Oklahoma City and Dallas. Their confidence right now is soaring. "Were not beating just any teams, were going into other places and beating good teams, thats what its all about, and thats what weve got to keep doing if we want to be a playoff team," DeRozan said. The victory in Dallas in particular, DeRozan said "just showed you we could play with anyone." The Raptors shot 45 per cent on the night, while allowing the Knicks to shoot 49 per cent. They outrebounded their visitors 45-37. Ross, whos been making the most of his increased playing time since Gay was traded, shot 7-for-11 from three-point range, and had a massive dunk in the second quarter that brought the crowd to its feet. DeRozan said his advice to Ross was: "You jump higher than anybody on the court. Youre a great shooter. You can do so much. Just use it." Bargnani, meanwhile, was booed mercilessly during introductions in his first regular-season game in Toronto since the Raptors traded him to New York last summer. Some fans chanted "Primo!" -- a reference to his Toronto pasta commercials. The seven-foot Italian was drafted No. 1 overall in 2006, and played his first seven NBA seasons in Toronto, but fans had little love left for Bargnani by the time he departed. Before the game, Bargnani made light of the boos he knew hed surely face. "Its not the first time I got booed. Its not the last time. Ive been playing in Europe since I was 14. Its not just about the boos. Its about life. a You hear them," he said. "But like I say, its not the first time, its not the last time." Lowry raced out to a strong start, with nine points and four assists in a first quarter that saw the lead change hands nine times. The Raptors took a 26-22 lead into the second. Toronto turned it up a notch in the second, and a driving layup by Lowry with just under a minute to go before the break put the Raptors up by 14 points. The Raptors took a 57-44 lead into the dressing room at halftime. Ross drained three buckets from beyond the arc in the third, his third one with 4:14 left putting the home team up by 20 points. NOTES: Fridays game at New York was the first of 11 straight against Eastern Conference opponents. . . The Raptors play the Bulls on New Years Eve, then return home to host the Indiana Pacers on New Years Day. Jakub Vrana Jersey .ca. Hi Mr. Fraser, When I was watching the Heritage Classic in Vancouver there was a play midway through the third where Ottawa crashed the Canucks net and it came off its moorings. Alexander Ovechkin Jersey . Needing to bulk up on both sides of the line, the Falcons agreed to terms with guard Jon Asamoah, defensive end Tyson Jackson and defensive tackle Paul Soliai. 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The federation said it was "way too early" to judge Morgensterns chances of competing in Sochi, and that an update on his condition was not expected before Monday.REGINA -- Will Ford wasnt sure if hed be the Saskatchewan Roughriders starting running back when he signed with the CFL club earlier in the week. But after a three-touchdown performance Saturday night to lead the Riders over the visiting Toronto Argonauts 37-9 at Mosaic Stadium, Ford made a strong case for himself. An East Division All-Star with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in 2013, Ford says he came to Regina ready for any chance hed get. "Opportunities are limited, so youve got to take advantage of them no matter what," he said. "I came here to work and put the team in a position to win." The newly signed running back scored first-half touchdowns of 20, three and two yards in his debut for Saskatchewan (2-2), while running for a total of 113 yards. He also had 24 receiving yards. Fords three touchdowns on the ground were one shy of the single-game franchise record held by Ferd Burket, Milson Jones and George Reed. The injury-depleted Argonauts (1-4) meanwhile, dropped their third straight game. Torontos lone victory came against the Riders at Rogers Centre in Week 2. As good as Ford was in his debut, Saskatchewan quarterback Darian Durant held off on referring to him as the teams "answer at running back." "Man, you can never crown anyone off of one game -- its a long way to go," said Durant, who connected on nine of 17 pass attempts for 155 yards and an interception. "I think Will still has some improving to do ... He did a great job of running the ball in key situations. "But we all have to pick our game up." Ford echoed his quarterbacks words. "Its going to take time," he said. "Ive got a few mistakes that Ive got to work on. I stay down on myself when I make mistakes. Im going to watch film, correct those mistakes and see what happens." Roughriders coach Corey Chamblin said he wasnt expecting a perfect game from Ford. "He hadnt even been close to a training camp for us," Chamblin said of his new ruunning back.dddddddddddd "Just throwing him in there, we expected some mistakes. ... But we just wanted to play fast in spite of it, and I thought the guys did that." Durant surpassed the 2,500 career rushing yards mark, picking up 28 yards on the ground and running in a touchdown during the game. Argos quarterback Ricky Ray, meanwhile, was 23-of-35 passing for 221 yards and two interceptions. Toronto backup Trevor Harris completed 8-of-12 passes for 80 yards. While Durant and Ford took care of the offence, Saskatchewans defence also played its part, stifling Ray and the Argos throughout the game. Toronto running back Curtis Steele was held to just 32 yards on the ground on seven carries. Maurice Mann led Argos receivers with 62 yards. Tyron Brackenridge intercepted Ray on his first pass attempt of the night, and Tearrius George forced and recovered a Ray fumble when the Argonauts returned to the field -- the second of five turnovers forced by Saskatchewan. The Riders also forced Toronto to punt on four second-quarter possessions. Mark Legree notched a late second-half interception, shortly before the half ended with the Riders up 28-6. Roughriders kicker Chris Milo nailed a 39-yard field goal in the third quarter, and booted field goals from 38 and 43 yards in the fourth. Toronto kicker Swayze Waters replied with field goals of 17, 16 and 40 yards for the only Argos points of the game. Durant opened the scoring, taking advantage of the Brackenridge interception with a 10-yard touchdown run on the Riders first possession. Ford scored his first touchdown two minutes later to give the Riders a 14-0 edge. Waters replied with two field goals to get the Argos to within eight points as the first quarter drew to a close. Fords second TD made it a 21-6 game less than a minute into the second quarter, and his third two minutes later gave the Riders a 28-6 advantage. The Riders visit the Ottawa Redblacks Saturday while the Argos host the Montreal Alouettes on Friday. Black China NFL Jerseys Wholesale NFL Hoodies Cheap Jerseys Cheap Jerseys Online Stitched Jerseys NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys 2020 ' ' ' 

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