Leonard returns to help Raptors improve to NBA-best 11-1

Toronto Raptors: Kyle Lowry leads winning road trip

He's trying to stay focused on the nuances of coach Nick Nurse's offense.

The Toronto Raptors swept their notoriously hard four-game West Coast road trip and kept their ideal record with Kawhi Leonard in the lineup intact with a 114-105 win over the Sacramento Kings. And Leonard did his part, putting up 25 points, 11 rebounds and two assists in the win.

What has Kawhi Leonard said?

"With me not even knowing some of the offence, we have Kyle (Lowry) in the game most of the time and he's controlling the ball and most of the tempo. I don't really know the offense in and out yet".

Whether it was a big shot to silence the crowd, a clutch defensive stop - he took a charge late in the fourth that effectively sealed the win for Toronto - or key rebounds and passes, Lowry managed to leave a sizeable imprint on the game once again.

The Raptors are off to their best start in franchise history after defeating the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday night. "You look up and down the line, the only thing we beat them in was rebounding". "I expected to play way better, but expectations can sometimes be high".

Leonard sat out the previous two games and got off to a sluggish start early against the Kings before helping Toronto pull away.

The third-year forward's improvement has been one of the driving factors to the Raptors' hot start - it was his second 20-point scoring performance of the season and ninth time scoring in double figures. "That's a good sign for us, to show how good this team can be".


It was the win that Lowry and all the other Raptors cared about and they got it despite a spirited effort from the now 6-5 Kings. He only scored seven points and theSacramento Kings lost, but he is happy to be back on the court.

Leonard made five free throws in the period, one coming after a frustrated Joerger was called for a technical foul for arguing with officials.

For the Raptors, it should be encouraging that despite succumbing to the Kings pressure and having a rough shooting night from deep, the team still put up 114 points in the win.

Green added back-to-back 3s, and OG Anunoby followed with a steal and dunk as Toronto took a 64-51 halftime lead.

Like the rest of his team, Lowry has had better nights this season.

Led by Kawhi Leonard, who shot a ideal 9-for-9 from the charity stripe, the Raptors finished the game shooting 21-for-23 from the free throw line, sinking eight more free throws than the Kings.

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