They have been gritty and gutsy and never give up on a game, and for that the Raptors are being rewarded with almost unprecedented road success this season.

Even after losing their floor leader with more than a quarter to go, the Raptors found a way to win another one away from home, beating the Utah Jazz 94-79 at EnergySolutions Arena.

They have 14 road victories this season — after winning 13 away from home the entire 2012-13 season — and are 2-1 on a five-game trip that continues Wednesday in Sacramento as they chase franchise history.

The 2000-01 team was 20-21 on the road, the gold standard for the Raptors franchise. This group has snapped years-long road droughts in Denver (nine games), Los Angeles against the Lakers (10 games) and Milwaukee (eight games) already. It’s an impressive performance.
“I don’t know,” said coach Dwane Casey. “All I’m thinking about is the next game, whether it’s in Toronto, the moon or wherever it is. We just have to be physically and mentally ready.”

They were for most of Monday, clamping down defensively in the second half after losing Kyle Lowry to knee pain with about three minutes left in the third quarter. There was no incident that caused an injury, the team said, but Lowry was not his usual self. He had missed all six of his field goal attempts — including five three-pointers — and had just three assists in 24 minutes.

“Just a little soreness, that’s about it. I’ll be all right,” Lowry said after the game. “It has been (sore for) about a week, but whatever, not complaining. . . . I couldn’t help my team as much as I wanted to. I trusted my teammates would get the job done and that’s what they did.

“Tonight it was just a lot of soreness in there. It took a little bit longer to get loose and I just couldn’t get it going. No excuses. No complaints. I’ll play next game.”