Raptors' Kyle Lowry starts Game 1 vs. Celtics

Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry started Sunday's 112-94 Game 1 loss to the Boston Celtics after previously being uncertain to play because of a sprained left ankle.

He had a team-high 17 points in 35 minutes.

The Raptors announced Sunday morning that Lowry, who was officially upgraded to probable Saturday, would be available to play.

Lowry turned his ankle in the closing game of Toronto's first-round series against the Brooklyn Nets on Aug. 23. He was dribbling up the court in the first quarter when he was cut off and stepped on the foot of Nets guard Chris Chiozza. He stayed in the game briefly before committing a foul and signaling to the bench that he needed to exit.

Information from ESPN's Andrew Lopez was used in this report.