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Lowry scores season-high 39 as Raptors send Jazz to 7th straight loss 123-104

  • Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry (7) drives for a shot attempt while defended by Utah Jazz guard Trey Burke (3) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014 in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Jim Urquhart)

    Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry (7) drives for a shot attempt while defended by Utah Jazz guard Trey Burke (3) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014 in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Jim Urquhart)  (The Associated Press)

  • Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry (7) after a play during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz, Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014 in Salt Lake City. The Toronto Raptors won 123-104. (AP Photo/Jim Urquhart)

    Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry (7) after a play during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz, Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014 in Salt Lake City. The Toronto Raptors won 123-104. (AP Photo/Jim Urquhart)  (The Associated Press)

  • Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry (7) after a play during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz, Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014 in Salt Lake City. The Toronto Raptors won 123-104. (AP Photo/Jim Urquhart)

    Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry (7) after a play during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz, Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014 in Salt Lake City. The Toronto Raptors won 123-104. (AP Photo/Jim Urquhart)  (The Associated Press)

Kyle Lowry scored a season-high 39 points on 13-of-22 shooting as the Toronto Raptors sent the Utah Jazz to their seventh straight loss, 123-104 Wednesday night.

Greivis Vasquez and Lou Williams each had 17 for the Raptors.

Derrick Favors and Enes Kanter scored 19 points apiece for Utah. Gordon Hayward added 16 points and Trey Burke had 15 and eight assists for the Jazz, who trailed through the final three quarters.

Toronto faced little defensive resistance. The Raptors shot 45 of 79 overall, including 12 of 21 on 3-pointers.

The teams traded baskets for most of the first quarter and the Jazz led 20-18 after Kanter converted a three-point play with 3:21 left in the period.

The Raptors began hitting shots all over the floor at that point to take control. Williams made a pair of baskets to start and finish a 9-2 run that gave the Raptors a 31-24 lead going into the second quarter.

Toronto scored on eight of its first nine possessions in the second quarter and by the time Lowry capped that stretch with a 3-pointer, the Raptors led 50-32.

Utah used an 11-2 run to cut Toronto's lead to nine early in the third quarter, closing to 71-62 on Hayward's jumper.

TIP-INS

Raptors: The Raptors swept the season series with Utah for the second straight season and just the third time in franchise history. ... Lowry has scored at least 20 points in four straight contests and six of Toronto's last eight games. ... Toronto improved to 13-0 this season when leading after three quarters. The Raptors are 48-2 dating to the start of the 2013-14 season when leading entering the fourth quarter.

Jazz: Shooting guard Alec Burks did not play after injuring his left shoulder against Denver on Monday. ... The Jazz used their fourth-youngest starting lineup in team history. Utah's five starters average age was 22 years, 351 days old.

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