Title candidate Los Angeles Lakers is hard to come by after the NBA restart.
After the narrow victory against city rivals Clippers, LeBron James and Co. suffered a 92:10 defeat against the Toronto Raptors this time, showing one of their weakest season performances.
The Lakers’ series of defeats against their fear opponent continues: Toronto won against the top team from Los Angeles for the eleventh time in a row, and the Lakers won for the last time in the 2014/15 season.
Davis disappointed against Toronto
In addition to a strong defensive performance, the reigning champion could rely on Kyle Lowry, who was the top scorer of the game with 33 points and 14 rebounds – more than ever in his career. (Table of the NBA)
“He was the original Kyle today. He was scoring and flying around and dueling and giving us some important baskets. He was great,” head coach Nick Nurse enthused.
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With 20 points and ten rebounds, James was the best launcher among the Lakers, who were worse than ever this season with a throw rate of 35.4 percent from the field. His congenial partner Anthony Davis only managed a meager 14 points after 34 points against the Clippers.
At the start of the last quarter, the Lakers were 76-72 in the lead after two three-pointers from James, but then Toronto started a 13-0 run and decided the game.
TJ Warren towers with 53 points
Despite the defeat, the Lakers remain first in the west, Toronto consolidated second in the east. (NBA schedule)
City rival Clippers won 126-103 in the NBA bubble at Disney World against the New Orleans Pelicans, in which super talent Zion Williamson was replaced early with a minor ankle injury. Williamson returned in the second half, but only got seven points in 14 minutes. The game’s top scorer was Paul George, the Clippers Guard scored 28 points.
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Meanwhile, TJ Warren of the Indiana Pacers made a monster game. In the 127: 121 of his team against the Philadelphia 76ers, Warren scored an outstanding 53 points and even put Joel Embiid in the shade despite his 41 points and 21 rebounds.