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Lowry, Ibaka sidelined as Raptors beat Pelicans

NEW ORLEANS — The Toronto Raptors came 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, according to coach Nick Nurse after a 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 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 nailbed,” Lowry said. “It’s a little more serious than a nailbed. I’ll be fine.”

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

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