Raptors frustrate Lakers, LeBron at home

Toronto hikes its record to an Eastern Conference-leading 9-1 slate as Los Angeles drops to 4-6

STRUGGLING. LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers absorb another crushing defeat at home. File photo Harry How/Getty Images/AFP

MANILA, Philippines – The Toronto Raptors sent the Los Angeles Lakers crashing back to earth with a 121-107 win at the Staples Arena on Sunday, November 4 (Monday, November 5, Philippine time). 

Despite missing star Kawhi Leonard due to foot soreness, the Raptors hiked their record to an Eastern Conference-leading 9-1 slate after imposing their will on the Lakers, who saw a two-game winning streak snapped.

“They just came out and hit us right in the mouth,” said Lakers star LeBron James.

Serge Ibaka fired 34 points on an ultra-efficient 15-of-17 shooting to go with 10 rebounds while Kyle Lowry chalked up 21 points, 15 assists and 6 rebounds to power Toronto, which has now won 3 straight games. 


<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>Serge Ibaka goes 15-17 from the field en route to a career-high 34 PTS in the <a href=”https://twitter.com/Raptors?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>@Raptors</a> 9th win of the season! <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/WeTheNorth?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#WeTheNorth</a> <a href=”https://t.co/VNPRIIzfeX”>pic.twitter.com/VNPRIIzfeX</a></p>&mdash; NBA (@NBA) <a href=”https://twitter.com/NBA/status/1059316519757365248?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>November 5, 2018</a></blockquote>
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Pascal Siakam churned out 16 points and 13 rebounds and Danny Green, Jonas Valanciunas and Delon Wright finished with 15, 14, and 11 points, respectively, in the win. 


<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>21 PTS, 15 AST, 6 REB…<br><br>Kyle Lowry, the NBA AST leader, was dropping dimes for the <a href=”https://twitter.com/Raptors?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>@Raptors</a> in LA! <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/WeTheNorth?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#WeTheNorth</a> <a href=”https://t.co/QUzoHG1nJG”>pic.twitter.com/QUzoHG1nJG</a></p>&mdash; NBA (@NBA) <a href=”https://twitter.com/NBA/status/1059315470636064768?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>November 5, 2018</a></blockquote>
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Although trailing for 20-plus points for the entirety of the game, Los Angeles didn’t go out without a fight as it managed to cut its deficit to 10 points off a Svi Mykhailiuk layup, 117-107, with 2:14 left.

But a Siakam layup a minute later sealed the win for the Raptors.

“It was very, very hard to make a game of it when you are trying to expend so much energy trying to get back into it,” added James. 

Kyle Kuzma paced the Lakers, which dropped to 4-6, with 24 points while James had 18 points and 6 assists.

In New York, D’Angelo Russell scored 13 of his 21 points in the second half, and the Brooklyn Nets kept the Philadelphia 76ers winless on the road with a 122-97 win.

The 76ers committed 28 turnovers and are now 0-5 away from home this season.

“That is not who we are,” said Philadelphia coach Brett Brown said. “That is an unacceptable performance.” – with reports from Agence France-Presse/Rappler.com