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Raptors Set Franchise Record with 10th Consecutive Win

Bleacher Report MilestonesB/R StaffJanuary 29, 2016

TORONTO, ON - JANUARY 28:  Kyle Lowry #7 of the Toronto Raptors smiles late in the 4th quarter during an NBA game against the New York Knicks at the Air Canada Centre on January 28, 2016 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)
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The Toronto Raptors won a 10th consecutive game Thursday night against the New York Knicks, setting a new record for the longest winning streak in franchise history, per the NBA's Twitter account. 

A shorthanded Knicks squad surprisingly kept things relatively close in a nationally televised contest at the Air Canada Centre, but the Raptors ultimately walked away with a 103-93 victory, thanks in large part to a 26-point, 10-assist performance from starting point guard Kyle Lowry, who had been questionable for the game because of a minor wrist injury.

The entirety of Toronto's streak has occurred with starting small forward DeMarre Carroll on the sideline, as the team's prized offseason acquisition will likely be out at least until the All-Star break after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his right knee in early January.

Per Sportsnet Stats, the previous franchise record of a nine-game winning streak was set toward the end of the 2001-02 season, helping an otherwise forgettable Raptors squad earn a playoff trip that promptly ended with a first-round loss at the hands of the Detroit Pistons.

This year's squad offers far more promise, with its 31-15 record good for a 2.5-game lead over the Chicago Bulls for the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference.

The Raptors also have a nice opportunity to extend their winning streak, with Sunday's home matchup against the Detroit Pistons followed by road games against the Phoenix Suns, Denver Nuggets and Portland Trail Blazers.

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