Lake Buena Vista (Florida, USA), Aug 1 (EFE) .- The base Kyle Lowry contributed a double-double of 33 points and 14 rebounds and six assists that left him in charge of the attack of the Toronto Raptors, reigning league champions, who continued to dominate the Los Angeles Lakers and beat them 107-92 in what was their debut in the Orlando bubble.
Along with Lowry, English shooting guard OG Anunoby also shone with 23 points after scoring 8 of 9 field goals, including his three triple attempts.
Lowry had a good second half to help reverse a comeback attempt by the Lakers, the current leaders of the Western Confederacy, who are now 1-1 at the regular season restart in Orlando.
Lowry’s most decisive basket was a triple from the right wing for a 97-86 partial advantage with 3:01 minutes to play that sentenced the Raptors’ victory.
Cameroonian power forward Pascal Siakam finished as the Raptors’ third-highest scorer after contributing 15 points, nine rebounds, three assists, two turnovers and two blocks.
Spanish center Marc Gasol came out as a starter and did a great team job playing 25 minutes in which he contributed eight points with seven rebounds, which were all defensive.
The Sant Boi player scored 3 of 7 field goals, missed two triple attempts he made, and hit the two shots he had from the personal line.
Gasol also distributed two assists, put two blocks and committed five personal fouls.
While the Spanish Congolese power forward Serge Ibaka came out of reserve and had 19 minutes given by Raptors coach Nick Nurse, in which he achieved five points and captured four rebounds.
Ibaka, who made a great defense over the Lakers’ power forward, Kyle Kuzma, who this time could not be a winning factor, scored 2 of 6 field goals, missed both triple attempts, and did not go to the personal line. , in addition to putting two caps and committing three personal fouls.
This time the contribution of star forward LeBron James did not save Lakers much inferior in their team game to the current league champions.
So his double-double of 20 points and 10 rebounds did not prevent defeat or the poor team play of the Lakers.
The pivot Anthony Davis disappeared due to the great defense made by Gasol first and then Ibaka and his contribution could only be 14 points, after missing 5 of 7 field goals, while the nine points he scored from the personal line (9 -9) was what allowed him to make up the final offensive production.
Kuzma also made no difference with 16 points, revealing that the Lakers can have all of James’ inspiration, but without the contribution of Davis and Kuzma they become a team that can be beaten.
The Lakers finished the game with only 35 (29-82) percent shooting on the field goal and 25 (10-40) of triples, in addition to losing the fight under the hoops with just 40 rebounds for 51 of the Raptors.
James hit consecutive triples for a 76-72 lead early in the fourth quarter.
But Anunoby responded in the same way and the Raptors regained the lead (78-76), without being relinquished the rest of the way.
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