What has Kawhi Leonard said? It was the first time in 10 games that Lowry hadn't hit double-digits in the assist department, but without asking him about it, we can say with some confidence that he could care less.
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. "That's a good sign for us, to show how good this team can be". "They sent lots of bodies to him, which was good for us to see".
After winning five games in a row, the Kings (6-4) lost their last game in Milwaukee.
The franchise has infamously drafted as poorly as any in the last decade but struck gold with 2017 fifth-overall pick Fox, who scored 20 points against the Raptors and looks like he'll be a mainstay in the Kings' backcourt for years.
The trio of De'Arron Fox, Buddy Hield and centre Willie Cauley-Stein combined for 68 of the Kings 103 points and 13 of their 31 boards.
What's allowed Sacramento to get off to such a surprising start is their effort - head coach Dave Joerger gets this talented team to play hard, and it was evident on the defensive end tonight. Leonard also had a 3-pointer that put the Raptors up 49-40.
Green added back-to-back 3s, and OG Anunoby followed with a steal and dunk as Toronto took a 64-51 halftime lead.
The Kings are one of the fastest teams in the National Basketball Association this season and several Toronto players felt that Sacramento controlled the tempo of the game. "We did a good job of staying locked in into what we were doing".
Raptors: Lowry had his string of nine consecutive games with 10 or more assists snapped. The Athletic's Blake Murphy reports that forward C.J. Miles will miss tonight's game with hip bursitis, while ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported earlier in the day that guard Norman Powell will miss between four and six weeks with a shoulder injury he suffered Monday night against the Jazz.
Kings: Bogdan Bogdanovic made his season debut after missing the first 10 games recovering from a pair of procedures on his left knee. Nemanja Bjelica was called for a technical early in the third. They will be back in the gym on Friday for practice in advance of Saturday's game with the New York Knicks.