Raptors F Kawhi Leonard to misses game vs. Jazz

The art of transition defence Danny Green on timing reading and rhythm

The art of transition defence Danny Green on timing reading and rhythm

He didn't miss a shot until an unsuccessful turnaround jumper midway through the third quarter.

But the Raptors didn't miss a beat and their offensive spacing left the court wide-open for drives.

The Lakers got smoked by the Toronto Raptors on Sunday night - andLeBron James didn't exactly play great - but he was still in the mood to party afterward.

The Jazz front was especially bad over the final four minutes of the first half; the Raptors scored 20 points over that short span to wrest control over what had been, to that point, a back-and-forth contest.

"I was just focused", Ibaka said. "There was a lot of things we could have done better today".

Kyle Lowry added 21 points and 15 assists for the Eastern Conference-leading Raptors, who haven't lost to the Lakers since 2014. "And they put it on us". "We looked athletic and fast all over the place tonight". Both Prior to and after signing LeBron James, the Lakers showed restraint in breaking up their young core via trade. Toronto was forced to re-insert its starters in the final minutes to preserve the win.

Raptors: Norman Powell left the game with a sprained shoulder and went straight to the locker room with 9:46 left in the second quarter.

Leonard was tipped to head to LA in the summer, however, the San Antonio Spurs sent the two-time Defensive Player of the Year to Toronto. In that scenario, he would play Monday, according to Nurse. OG Anunoby took Leonard's spot in the starting lineup and contributed seven points.

The Lakers had an extremely slow start to the game, as they trailed by a score of 41-17 after one quarter. Denzel Washington, Snoop Dogg, Adam Levine, Kristen Bell and Odell Beckham Jr. were among the celebrities attending the game. (Jack in the Box is safe - they give out two free tacos to Lakers fans if L.A. wins and holds the other team under 100 points, that's not happening this season.) The Lakers were going to be a work in progress this season, a team that would have to learn to win, but the defense has been the slow part of that process.

With the Lakers getting into Los Angeles early Sunday morning, they were ripe for a tough game against the East's best team.

Ibaka drained his first 14 shots of the game as Toronto embarrassed the Lakers by grabbing a shocking 31-point lead in the first half en route to their ninth win of the National Basketball Association season. Ibaka went 11 for 11 in the first half, while Lowry had 12 assists as the Raptors hit six 3-pointers and forced nine turnovers.

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