#GlobalNews: « Serge Ibaka scores career high 34 as Raptors beat Lakers 121-107 «
LOS ANGELES – Serge Ibaka dominated the Lakers on his own in the first quarter and did not miss any shots until the third. He beat LA inside and out on the way to the biggest offensive match of his career.
Thanks to Ibaka's talent for the Toronto Raptors, Kawhi Leonard did not miss anyone except Lakers fans who might have hoped to bring him home.
Ibaka made his first 14 shots en route to a career high of 34 points, and the Raptors do not need a wounded Leonard for their 121-107 win over Los Angeles on Sunday night.
Ibaka got 10 rebounds and did not miss any shots until it was 5:16 in the third quarter, finishing 15 of 17. It was overwhelming while the Raptors took an impressive 31-point lead in the first quarter and he came back in the final minutes to close Toronto's eighth consecutive win over the Lakers.
"I was just focused," said Ibaka. "I knew Kawhi was out tonight, so I just wanted to go out there and do my best."
While the small Lakers were struggling to contain Ibaka early, he became the first player to start a 14-for-14 match from the field since Shaquille O'Neal in February 2006, according to the NBA.
"It's pretty cool," said Toronto coach Nick Nurse. "The best thing to do is that he does it with real calm. He enters and takes his time. He uses his size, his power and his footwork rather well, so that's something we can go to. "
Kyle Lowry added 21 points and 15 assists to the Raptors, leaders of the Eastern Conference, who have not lost to the Lakers since 2014.
"We really wanted to put pressure on them and keep the ball," Nurse said. "We had an incredible start. We seemed sporty and fast everywhere tonight.
Toronto did not let its huge lead weaken significantly until the last minutes, when the young Lakers got a 117-107 margin with LeBron James on the bench. Toronto was forced to reinsert their starters in the final minutes to retain their victory.
"They played as they were the best team in the Eastern Conference so far," said James, who finished with 18 points and six assists. "They just hit us and hit us in the mouth, and it will be very difficult to make a game like this when you're trying to spend that much energy coming back."
Kyle Kuzma scored 24 points and Brandon Ingram added 16 for the Lakers, who are 4-6 after their first 10 games with James after this loss at the end of a back-to-back set that started with a tough win in Portland on Saturday night.
"From my experience, unfortunately, most of the time, when a player like Kawhi is absent, this team eventually wins," said Lakers coach Luke Walton. "There is a sense of freedom and joy that comes when a top player like this is missing, we tried to explain that this is part of the way it works, but it does not It does not seem that we have taken this to heart. "
Raptors: Leonard missed three of his first ten games with Toronto. He missed two games last month to manage his workload, which left him struggling with injuries last season. He injured his foot late in the Raps victory in Phoenix on Friday night. The nurse does not know if Leonard will play Monday in Utah. … OG Anunoby took Leonard's place in the starting lineup and contributed seven points.
Lakers: At their debut in Portland in the fourth quarter, the Lakers were outclassed 75-34 in 21:16 between the two games. Among the fans in court are Denzel Washington, Kristen Bell, Dax Shepard, Ariel Winter, middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez, New York Giants catcher Odell Beckham Jr. and UFC featherweight contender Brian Ortega, who will face Max Holloway for the belt in Toronto in December. 8.
Leonard sat down with a left foot pain, depriving Lakers fans of their only look at the superstar before he became an unrestricted free agent next summer. The Lakers would like to sign a second superstar like Leonard, who grew up in the Inland Empire area, an hour east of Los Angeles.
The first quarter of the Lakers was terribly bad. Toronto took a 41-10 lead while it remained 2:21 to make the first quarter and Ibaka dominated the Lakers 20-17 early in the period. Ibaka scored 11-11 in the first half, while Lowry had 12 assists while the Raptors scored six shots on three shots and forced nine turnovers.
Raptors: In Utah on Monday night.
Lakers: Welcome Minnesota Wednesday night.
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