The Toronto Raptors earned their fifth consecutive victory after defeating the Los Angeles Lakers, 113-80, on Friday night at the Air Canada Centre.
Kyle Lowry led the Raptors with 24 points on 6-of-9 from the three-point range and seven assists. DeMar DeRozan added 16 points and eight assists while Norman Powell, who started in place of DeMarre Carroll, also had 16 points.
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The Lakers struggle early on the offensive end, missing five shots. Brandon Ingram finally scored and Jose Calderon hit a mid-range jumper. The Raptors started to be aggressive after earning their first points of the game. They went on a 12-4 run.
Lowry fired up beyond the arc, giving the Raptors their first double-digit lead. Lou Williams and Julius Randle stepped up for the Lakers and cut the lead down to six. In the second quarter, the Raptors shot 18-for-24 from the field while the Lakers only hit 17-for-48. The Raptors outscored them 41-26 and managed to capitalize on their seven turnovers.
DeRozan and Lowry took advantage of the Lakers’ poor defense on the third. They managed to stretch the lead back to 20. The Lakers tried to answer on the offensive end but were unable to get stops. DeRozan notched a buzzed-beater as the Raptors led 84-62 heading into the final quarter.
Jordan Clarkson and Ingram tried to help the Lakers bounce back in the fourth with a strong start. However, the Raptors continued to be unstoppable on the offensive end. Coach Dwane Casey decided to rest Lowry with 7:24 remaining in the game. Lakers head coach Luke Walton later does the same and replaced his starters. The Raptors won their fifth straight game against the Lakers, 113-80.
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The Lakers still played without two starters, D’Angelo Russell and Nick Young, due to injuries. However, their previous games proved that they can still perform well even without Russell and Young. In their game against the Raptors, the Lakers struggled on the offensive end and lacked some effort on the defensive end.
“I felt like we weren’t mentally ready to compete against one of the better teams in the NBA tonight,” Lakers Coach Luke Walton said. “… Felt like they took us out of our rhythm and made it tough for us to get shots. When that’s the case it’s even more important for us to cut hard and set harder screens. We weren’t really doing those things tonight, which is frustrating because that’s taking a step back from who we are and who we’ve become so far early in the season.”
NEXT: The Lakers will visit the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday while the Raptors will host the Hawks also on Saturday.
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