Basketball – NBA – NBA: Toronto dominates the Los Angeles Lakers and affirms its ambitions


Guided by Kyle Lowry, the defending champion significantly outperformed the Lakers in the fourth quarter. He prevents the Angelinos from securing first place in the Western Conference. The title holder is a candidate for his succession. Toronto, however orphaned from last season’s adventure icon, Kawhi Leonard (gone to the LA Clippers in the offseason), confirmed his strength and ambitions by clearly dominating the Los Angeles Lakers on Saturday in Orlando ( 107-92). This is the eleventh time in a row that the Canadian team has dominated the Angelinos since 2014-2015! The Raptors, who were playing their first game in the “bubble” installed at Disney World, thus prevent the Lakers from securing first place in the Western Conference. They especially consolidate their second place in the East, which would allow them to avoid the Milwaukee scarecrow until the Conference final. read also Eastern Conference: ranking While its remarkable record of 47 wins and 18 losses has mainly been fueled by victories over the worst performing teams of the season, Toronto shows its ability to also dominate the best with this success against the favorite for the trophy. Author of 33 points and 14 rebounds (record of his career), Kyle Lowry led the charge for the Raptors. The veteran (34) notably scored 10 points in the fourth quarter to postpone the return of the Lakers, ironed in front on a pair of award-winning baskets from LeBron James (76-72) after an apathetic start to the game (13-0 for Toronto after 5 minutes of play!). “It was old school Kyle, said his coach, Nick Nurse. He would mark, fly all over the place, and take responsibility by giving us crucial baskets. He was awesome. “

While Lowry was well assisted by OG Anuby (23 pts), the Lakers sorely lacked offensive impact, starting with Anthony Davis, who scored just 14 points at 2/7 shooting, twenty less than during his cardboard opening of this second part of the season against the Clippers, Thursday (103-101). LeBron James was more effective (20 pts to 7/15, 10 rebounds), but the men of LA finish with a pitiful 35.4% of success in shooting, and a mismanagement of 10/40 at three points. In the other matches of the evening, the Clippers raised their heads against the Pelicans (126-103) and Indianapolis beat Philadelphia (127-121) with 53 points from TJ Warren. read also Western Conference: the ranking


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