Los Angeles Lakers set franchise low with early 25-point deficit

Nov 07, 2018, 01:18
Los Angeles Lakers set franchise low with early 25-point deficit

Toronto is now 3-0 on the road trip and 10-1 on the season.

Ibaka had 34 points and 15 made field goals - both career highs - to go along with 10 rebounds, two assists and two steals and helped lead the Raptors to their 121-107 victory over the Lakers in a game that was far more lopsided than the final score would indicate.

Early on, it felt like the Raptors were just hanging on.

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Ibaka set the tone for Toronto's romp with a blistering first quarter, scoring 20 of Toronto's 42 points in the opening 12 minutes, outscoring the Lakers on his own in the process.

But that didn't matter much with the Jazz only shooting 45 per cent from the field and eight per cent from three; Toronto's 26-for-41 from the field and 8-for-17 from behind the arc kept the team in business as they struggled to find a defensive rhythm.

Ibaka, who finished 15-for-17 from the field, made his first 14 shots to start the game - the most by an National Basketball Association player since Shaquille O'Neal did so for the Miami Heat on February 25, 2006, against the Seattle SuperSonics.

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Toronto Raptors guard/forward Norman Powell has left the game against the Utah Jazz with a left shoulder sprain. The Raptors later announced he sustained a shoulder sprain; Powell did not return.

Leonard missed the game with a sore left foot which no doubt had the Lakers breathing a sigh of relief.

The Lakers have the 23rd ranked defense in the league, allowing 111.6 points per 100 possessions, but when you combine that with their fast pace (106.2 possessions per game, third in the league, via NBA.com) you end up in a situation where the Lakers have given up at least 110 points in every game. "When you get into a comfort zone early like that, shots are going to fall". In that scenario, he would play Monday, according to Nurse.

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During the first quarter, the Raptors turned the ball over seven times, leading to several easy baskets for the Jazz.