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Kyle Lowry passes DeMar DeRozan for most playoff games in Raptors history

Kyle Lowry, Raptors, DeMar DeRozan

Kyle Lowry played his 52nd playoff game for the Toronto Raptors Friday night, passing former teammate and close friend DeMar DeRozan.

Lowry set a new franchise high as he entered Game 3 of the Raptors’ first-round series against the Orlando Magic.

The 33-year-old point guard has missed the playoffs just once since his arrival in Toronto in 2012. He’s averaged 17.7 points, 4.5 rebounds and 6.2 assists in his six postseason years with the team.

Lowry had a horrendous start in the 2018-19 playoffs. He went scoreless in their opening matchup against the Orlando Magic and was heavily criticized for it. However he bounced back big time and scored 22 points in Game 2 and bagged a double-double of 12 points and 10 assists in Game 3.

A five-time All-Star, Lowry averaged 14.2 points, 4.8 rebounds and 8.7 assists this campaign. He also shot 41.1 percent from the field, 34.7 percent from deep and 83.0 percent from the free-throw line.

Lowry was a pivotal part of the Raptors offense this year, and it’s clear in Game 1 that Toronto needs him at his best if they want to win.

The Raptors are now 2-1 against the Magic after their latest 98-93 victory. In that game, Lowry made a crucial rebound to help stave off a fiery comeback from Steve Clifford’s gritty squad.