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Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry misses game against Houston Rockets because of sore left knee

  • Miami Heat forward LeBron James (6) passes past Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry (7) and forward John Salmons (25) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, March 31, 2014 in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

    Miami Heat forward LeBron James (6) passes past Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry (7) and forward John Salmons (25) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, March 31, 2014 in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)  (The Associated Press)

  • Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry (7) makes a move to get around Orlando Magic's Victor Oladipo (5) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Orlando, Fla., Sunday, March 30, 2014. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

    Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry (7) makes a move to get around Orlando Magic's Victor Oladipo (5) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Orlando, Fla., Sunday, March 30, 2014. (AP Photo/John Raoux)  (The Associated Press)

Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry is sitting out against the Houston Rockets because of a sore left knee, missing a chance to face the team that traded him to Toronto in 2012.

Lowry, averaging 17.4 points and 7.6 assists this season, was injured in a collision with LeBron James in the first half of Monday's loss at Miami. Lowry briefly stayed in the game before leaving in the second half.

Greivis Vasquez started in place of Lowry on Wednesday night, and guard Julyan Stone was activated for Toronto.

Lowry has set career highs in 3-pointers (174) and steals (117). Between March 14-26, he scored at least 20 points in a career-best eight straight games for the Atlantic Division-leading Raptors, who recently clinched their first playoff berth in six seasons.