Basketball: Raptors beat Knicks to stretch winning streak to franchise-record 10 games

LOS ANGELES (AFP) - Kyle Lowry scored 26 points and added 10 assists as the Toronto Raptors stretched their winning streak to a franchise-record 10 games on Friday with a 103-93 win over the New York Knicks.

The Raptors' previous best winning streak in the National Basketball Association league was nine games in 2002.

The Raptors led by 10 points entering the fourth quarter and by as many as 14 points in the second.

The Knicks rallied to within seven points in the fourth quarter before the Raptors stretched the lead to 11 points on a three-pointer by Lowry with 1min and 45sec remaining.

Lowry scored 10 points in the fourth quarter in front of a crowd of 19,800 at the Air Canada Centre.

Guard DeMar DeRozan, who was named to the East all-star team earlier on Thursday, had 26 points for the Raptors.

Centre Jonas Valanciunas added 11 points and had a season-best 18 rebounds, and forward Patrick Patterson added 10 points.

Reserve guard Cory Joseph chipped in 11 points.

Asked if this was the best Raptors team DeRozan's been a part of, he said: "Yeah. By far, by far and we've still got a long way to go."

Guard Arron Afflalo scored 20 points for the Knicks, who have lost four straight games.

Sasha Vujacic and Jerian Grant added 13 points each for New York and guard Langston Galloway had 12.