The Toronto Raptors were like "walking zombies" as their 15-game winning streak came to an end against the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday, according to Kyle Lowry.
Reigning NBA champions the Raptors' 101-91 loss at Barclays Center was their first defeat since January 12, having been on a run that has seen them surge up to second in the Eastern Conference with a 40-15 record.
Toronto scored just 40 points in the first half and trailed by 12 at the break, failing to reduce the deficit to single figures across the rest of the game.
Lowry had 12 points on 4-of-13 shooting, with the team's field goal percentage of 38 their lowest since before the streak started.
"They played well, we didn't play too well. They stuck with their coverages, their game plan, their schemes," said Lowry.
"We were walking zombies. We didn't play well tonight, simple as that. We missed shots, we weren't aggressive. And give them credit, they played their butts off and they beat us. It's only one game."
12 Pts | 11 Ast | 10 Reb pic.twitter.com/7jlb1Eo8eK— Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) February 13, 2020
Head coach Nick Nurse was proud of how his team have performed this season after Kawhi Leonard left in free agency.
He hopes they can launch another deep run in the playoffs when Marc Gasol and Normal Powell return from injuries.
"I think when you look at it in totality, sitting where we are now, I think we're extremely pleased to get to this point," said Nurse. "The good news is I think we'll get Gasol back after the break, Norman Powell is pretty close as well.
"I think our team really battled with a couple of key guys missing. I think we've had a healthy team for two games this season, so we've done a nice job of plugging in and picking up. In the big scheme of things, you look at the overall and where you're sitting, you've got to be pleased with that."
The Raptors head into the All-Star break six and a half games back from the Milwaukee Bucks (46-8) at the top of the East.
Asked if the Bucks are catchable, Nurse said: "I don't know if they are or not and I don't think we've got them in our sights. We want to try to finish as high as we can.
"We've got some growth to do and we need to do it for sure if we want to make a run at [the championship] again."