After successfully lobbying for his return to games, Kyle Lowry said he would resist any urge to seek an increase his playing time, already up to 23 minutes. He did, however, say he had no problem with the sudden workload.

"I'm fine," Lowry said. "I would ask for more, but I'm going to pace myself. There's a long rest of the way to go, hopefully."

In just his second game after a month, Lowry scored nine of his 13 points in the fourth quarter on Monday and was happy to be needed, rather than to just be playing to work on his conditioning.

"I have to help my team no matter what," he said. "It feels good to be able to play and not have setbacks or anything. It feels good to go out and help the guys win games."