Toronto Raptors

Kyle Lowry is trying to get Toronto Raptors centre Khem Birch paid

Khem Birch continues his strong play as a member of the Toronto Raptors.

In the team's victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday, Birch tied his career high with 14 points on 7-for-9 shooting from the field. He also grabbed six rebounds, blocked two shots and came up with two steals in 29 minutes of action.

After the game, Kyle Lowry, who dished out a team-high 10 assists, was asked about his chemistry with his newest teammate.

"Trying to get him paid," Lowry said with a smile on his face. "I mean, that's what I try to do, is try to get my teammates paid and help us win games and make sure everyone around me is successful.

"I think he's a talented kid and he's in an opportunity where he can be successful, so why not try to make him be successful."

Birch has now appeared in nine games with the Raptors, six of which he's started in. As a starter, he's averaging 9.7 points, 6.3 rebounds and 1.8 blocks in 28.4 minutes.

Lowry has had a hand in many of Birch's baskets. According to NBA.com, Lowry has assisted the big man on seven of his 25 made field goals, which is the most on the team.

Their connection was on full display in that win over the Cavaliers, with Lowry assisting Birch on five of his seven baskets. Birch said afterwards that it was the "easiest" 14 points he's ever had in his career.

After being waived by the Orlando Magic, Birch signed with the Raptors for the remainder of the 2020-21 season. He will be an unrestricted free agent at the season's end.

Undrafted in 2014, Birch spent the first three and a half seasons of his career with the Magic.

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