LOS ANGELES – Kyle Lowry had 37 points and 11 assists, Pascal Sikam had 39 points and 13 rebellions and the short-handed Toronto Raptors defeated the Los Angeles Lakers 121-114 on Sunday night.
LeBron James had 19 points, seven rebounds and six assists before going back to the locker room to play 6:42. It was the second game for James after missing 20 due to a sprain in the right ankle.
Toronto ended a three-match losing streak despite Fred VanVleet, Ozzy Ennoby, Chris Boucher or Gary Trent Jr. not available as he was hurt or rested after losing to Utah on Saturday.
Deandre Bembry had 14 points off the bench and the Raptors led by 21 to give the NBA champions the Lakers another shocking defeat.
Kyle Kuzma had 24 points for Los Angeles, Anthony Davis with 12 and Andre Drummond with 19 points and 11 rebounds.
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After more than 12 points in the first quarter, the Rappers led 72-59 after blaming the Lakers for 40 points in the second. A lumping lorry from Toronto had 13, including the final seven points for Toronto in the locker room, and Bembry chipped in with 11.
The Lakers came back within 10 points in the fourth quarter, but Laurie personally responded by scoring 8–2.
Laurie was 8 for 13 from 3-point range and 12 for 20 overall.
Kuzma hit a 3 with 58.8 seconds left before Bemry to take Toronto’s lead to six and Siakam hit a free throw to throw it.
Raptor: Freddy Gillespie had 11 points and seven rebellions. … Siam had 17 points in the first quarter. … Toronto has used 30 different starting lineups in 65 games.
Lakers: Kuzma finished game 8 for 16 from 3-point range. The 5 for the rest of the Lakers were 13.… G. Dennis Schroder did not play after being placed in the league’s health and safety protocol. This is his second term after missing four matches in February after coming in contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19.
Rappers: Tuesday at the Clippers.
Lakers: Host Denver on Monday.
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