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Kyle Lowry: Toronto Raptors guard falls in elite company with efficient triple-double vs. Houston Rockets

20 points. 11 rebounds. 10 assists. Nine shots.

In the Toronto Raptors' 122-111 win over the Houston Rockets on Friday night, 34-year-old Kyle Lowry did a lot of everything. Well, he didn't attempt a lot of shots.

He didn't need to.

TAKEAWAYS: Lowry's triple-double powers Raptors past Rockets

Lowry missed the mark just three times on the night, shooting 6-for-9 (66.7 percent) from the field, going a near-perfect 4-for-5 from deep while knocking down each of his four of his free throw attempts, to boot. For a perimeter player, it's not easy to have that tidy of a shooting performance in a game where you finish with 20 or more points.

Now, factor in the fact that Lowry also finished the night with a triple-double and you're entering the realm of some pretty impressive historical context. As pointed out by TSN's Josh Lewenberg, Lowry becomes just the 11th known player in NBA history to record a 20-point triple-double while attempting fewer than 10 field goals and just the fourth over the past decade.

The list is as follows:

20-point triple-doubles with fewer than 10 shot attempts, NBA history
Player Date PTS REB AST FG FGA 3P 3PA FT FTA
1 Kyle Lowry Feb. 26, 2021 20 11 10 6 9 4 5 4 4
2 Giannis Antetokounmpo Feb. 3, 2021 21 14 10 7 8 0 0 7 8
3 Russell Westbrook Feb. 29, 2016 20 13 15 6 8 2 3 6 7
4 Draymond Green Jan. 31, 2016 20 10 10 9 9 2 2 0 2
5 Brandon Jennings Oct. 30, 2010 20 10 10 6 8 3 3 5 6
6 Brad Miller Nov. 21, 2003 22 14 10 7 8 0 0 8 9
7 Kevin Johnson Feb. 12, 1997 22 10 17 7 9 2 2 6 6
8 Artis Gilmore Feb. 4, 1985 25 13 10 (BLK) 5 8 0 0 15 21
9 Jeff Ruland Nov. 16, 1984 22 13 10 5 8 0 0 14 15
10 Swen Nater Nov. 3, 1979 20 19 10 7 9 0 0 6 6
11 Oscar Robertson Dec. 15, 1968 26 14 17 8 9 - - 10 11

Note: Field goal attempts are available for all games prior to the 1982-83 season, meaning Nater and Robinson might not be the only two to accomplish the feat in that period.

Not only was this Lowry's second triple-double of the season - the first was understandably overshadowed by Fred VanVleet's 54-point performance - this also marked the 16th time that Lowry recorded a triple-double in a Raptors uniform, strengthening his hold on the top spot on the franchise leaderboard.

To put this gap in perspective, Lowry has recorded more triple-doubles (16), than the rest of the players in the Raptors franchise combined (13). Over the course of the franchise's 26-year history, only 10 different players have recorded a triple-double and Lowry is among four to have recorded multiple triple-doubles as a Raptor.

Toronto Raptors triple-double leaderboard
Player POS Triple-doubles
1 Kyle Lowry G 16
2 Damon Stoudamire G 3
3 José Calderon G 2
4 Marcus Camby C 2
5 Vince Carter G 1
6 Mark Jackson G 1
7 Charles Oakley F 1
8 Pascal Siakam F 1
9 Ben Uzoh G 1
10 Alvin Williams G 1

Be that as it may, Lowry was actually not the first Raptor to record a triple-double this season, as Pascal Siakam racked up the first of his career in a narrow loss to the Portland Trail Blazers on Jan. 11. As Siakam continues to grow as a passer and a playmaker, it shouldn't be long until he begins to move up the leaderboard.

ONE PLAY: How Siakam has grown as a passer

Lowry, who became the franchise's all-time leader in assists during the 2019-20 season, recently moved to third all-time on the rebounds list and, earlier in the season, became just the third player to score over 10,000 points in a Raptor uniform, joining Chris Bosh and DeMar DeRozan.

While Lowry's streak of six consecutive All-Star appearances came to an end in 2021, he continues to find plenty of other ways to make history and rewrite the record boooks.

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