Raptors destroy LeBron's Lakers even without Kawhi in the lineup

by Leon Thompson November 7, 2018, 1:17
Raptors destroy LeBron's Lakers even without Kawhi in the lineup

Kyle Lowry added 21 points and 15 assists as the Eastern Conference-leading Raptors recorded their eighth consecutive win over the Lakers since 2014.

The Raptors have been very cautious with Leonard in the early going, and Nurse already had told ESPN after Friday's game in Phoenix that Leonard would be sitting out one half of the team's back-to-backs indefinitely, having already sat out one half in each of Toronto's first two this season. Ibaka, who fouled out after just 14 minutes of court time, shot a ideal 8-for-8 from the field just one day after scoring 34 points on 15-for-16 shooting against the Lakers.

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. Though they played better basketball as the game went on, they were never able to overcome that slow start.

Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard was ruled out of Sunday night's 121-107 win over the Los Angeles Lakers with a sore left foot.

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Update: the Jazz sideline reporter confirms that he's got a left shoulder sprain and will not return. "When you get into a comfort zone early like that, shots are going to fall". There's games like this in an 82-game season where you just don't have it. Ibaka has reached double digits in points in 10 straight games, before fouling out at the nine minute mark of the fourth quarter. In that scenario, he would play Monday, according to Nurse.

Which of the two games Leonard sits out remains to be determined as the team and superstar will discuss at Saturday's practice.

What's next: After closing out their third back-to-back of the season, the Raptors get a breather before wrapping up this four-game road trip with a visit to the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday night.

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