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Lowry, DeRozan combine for 63 points in Raptors 104-94 win over Jazz

Utah Jazz's Derrick Favors, center, loses control of the ball to Boston Celtics' Marcus Smart (36) during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Monday, Feb. 29, 2016. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
March 02, 2016 - 6:58 PM

TORONTO - The Toronto Raptors continue to win at the Air Canada Centre.

Kyle Lowry scored 32 points while fellow all-star DeMar DeRozan added 31 as the Raptors beat the Utah Jazz 104-94 on Wednesday, stretching their franchise-record home win streak to 11 games.

Terrence Ross added 11 points, while Jonas Valanciunas finished with 10 points and eight rebounds for Toronto (40-19).

Gordon Hayward had 26 points to top the Jazz (28-32) in their fourth straight loss, while Saskatoon-born Trey Lyles finished with six points in 25 minutes.

Lowry was back in the lineup after sitting out the team's 114-101 loss at Detroit on Sunday to rest. That defeat ended a four-game win streak.

Playing their first of seven games in a row at the Air Canada Centre, the Raptors parlayed a strong third quarter into an 85-74 lead heading into the fourth.

The Jazz rallied in the fourth, and when Hayward drained a three-pointer with 4:29 on the clock, it pulled Utah to within 94-90. But Lowry responded with a pair of baskets, and then DeRozan's fast break jump shot with 1:27 to play put Toronto up by eight points in front of a capacity crowd of 19,800 at the ACC.

Lowry's running layup with 59 seconds left put Toronto up by 10 and put the game out of reach.

DeRozan shot 11 for 15 on the night and the Raptors shot 50 per cent from the field. They also outrebounded their visitors 45-33.

Toronto had previously won 10 games in a row at home, but it was stretched over two seasons — eight games to close 2001-02, then the first two of the following season.

Lowry led the way with 10 points in a tightly-contested first quarter that saw neither team lead by more than three points.

The Jazz led 26-24 after the first then opened the second quarter with a 12-2 run to take a 12-point lead. The Raptors went on a run of their own, and a three-pointer by Lowry four seconds before halftime sent Toronto into the break with a 52-49 lead.

NOTES: The Raptors host Portland on Friday. . . The Jazz beat the Raptors 93-89 on Nov. 18.

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