Raptors prevail to continue Lakers’ downward tear
The Los Angeles Lakers started the evening eventually wholesome, with LeBron James and Anthony Davis lend a hand from accidents. Then again, the Lakers are taking half in their worst basketball of the season.
Trailing by as many as 21 facets, the host Lakers lost to the Toronto Raptors 121-114 Sunday evening.
Pascal Siakam carried the scoring load for Toronto, finishing with 39 facets and 13 rebounds. Kyle Lowry tallied a season-high 37 facets and added 11 assists for the Raptors.
DeAndre’ Bembry chipped in 14 facets and eight rebounds for Toronto.
The Lakers comprise lost six of their closing seven video games and are 0-2 since James returned to the starting lineup after an ethical, high-ankle sprain. James performed with 19 facets, seven rebounds and 6 assists but performed 27 minutes and departed with 6: 42 left attributable to soreness in the ankle.
Point guard Dennis Schröder did no longer play for the Lakers attributable to the NBA’s wholesome and security protocols. The Lakers are 0-5 this season with Schröder out of the lineup.
Even extra embarrassing for the Lakers is Toronto performed immediate-handed in the second evening of a lend a hand-to-lend a hand after going toe-to-toe with the Utah Jazz in a advanced avenue loss.
OG Anunoby (left calf rigidity), Chris Boucher (left knee sprain), Gary Trent Jr. (left leg contusion), Fred VanVleet (left hip flexor) and Paul Watson (left knee tendonitis) all sat out for the Raptors.
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Kyle Kuzma came off the bench to build some offensive firepower for Los Angeles, finishing with a crew-high 24 facets.
Andre Drummond totaled 19 facets and 11 rebounds. Anthony Davis performed with 12 facets, nine rebounds and seven assists.
With the Lakers’ loss to Toronto, the Dallas Mavericks (36-28) shedding at home to the Sacramento Kings and the Portland Crawl Blazers (36-28) defeating the Boston Celtics on the avenue, the Lakers (36-28), Mavericks and Crawl Blazers are all tied for the No. 5 seed in the Western Conference.
The Lakers host the Denver Nuggets on Monday.
With the select, Toronto (27-38) is 2 1/2 video games in the lend a hand of the Washington Wizards for the No. 10 location in the Jap Conference and a big gamble to glean into the play-in recreation for the postseason match.
The Lakers led 38-32 after the first quarter, however the undermanned Raptors rallied in the second quarter, outscoring Los Angeles 23-6 over the final six minutes of the second quarter to take a 13-level lead at halftime.
Toronto’s 72 facets are the second-most the Lakers comprise given up all season in a half. Los Angeles had led by as many as 12 facets in the first half.
The Raptors persevered to pour it on, extending their lead to 21 facets early in the third quarter. The Lakers lower Toronto’s lead to six facets tiresome in the fourth quarter, but would glean no closer.
–Enviornment Level Media
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