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Lowry, Ibaka sidelined as Raptors beat Pelicans

NEW ORLEANS — The Toronto Raptors got out of New Orleans with a victory on the scoreboard, but injuries dealt them a pair of blows.

Kyle Lowry suffered a small fracture in his left thumb and Serge Ibaka suffered a “pretty bad” sprained ankle, coach Nick Nurse said after Friday’s 122-104 win over the Pelicans.

Lowry is set to see a hand specialist when the team travels to Los Angeles on Saturday.

It’s the same thumb that Lowry had surgery on during the summer to repair torn ligaments, but the fracture is a different issue. Lowry hurt the thumb swiping at the ball on an offensive rebound by Derrick Favors in the first quarter.

He checked out shortly after the injury, but he came back for some time in the second before exiting for good.

“It felt weird from the rip,” Lowry said. “I kept playing through it and kept playing through it. Originally we thought it was something in the nailbed because the nailbed turned black and blue. We got some X-rays and we sent the X-rays off to the doctors and there was a small fracture in the thumb.”

Lowry finished with six points and five assists and even made a 3-pointer after the injury.

“I thought it was a jam. We thought it could be the nail bed,” Lowry said. “It’s a little more serious than a nail bed. I’ll be fine.”

Nurse didn’t have a timetable on Lowry’s injury and said the team will know more Saturday after Lowry sees the specialist.

Ibaka left in the final minute of the second quarter after turning his right ankle. He left the Smoothie King Center in a walking boot.

The injuries put a bit of a damper on a career night for forward Pascal Siakam, who tied a career best with 44 points. It was his second strong showing against New Orleans, as he had 34 points in the season opener.

Siakam launched a career-high 10 3-point attempts and tied a career best with five makes.

“He’s got the green light to make any move he wants at this point,” Nurse said. “No, I’m serious, man. We’re just trying to get him to see how far he can go here. Drive it, post it, shoot the 3, drive it in transition, play pick-and-roll; we want him to get as many reps as he can.”

Lowry said Siakam just continues to get better each night.

“He’s evolving into a superstar,” Lowry said.

Siakam said he felt like he had more energy and said it was the first time all season his overall energy was good on both sides of the floor.

“It doesn’t really matter how many points I scored, but I was more engaged and I did what I usually do,” Siakam said.

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