The Los Angeles Lakers are currently on a four-game winning streak, looking to extend it to five games by defeating the Toronto Raptors at the Air Canada Centre tonight. The Raptors, on the other hand, are hoping to bounce back from a 97-93 loss they suffered on Friday against the Utah Jazz. The Lakers and the Raptors have clashed with each other a grand total of 42 times in the past as the Lakers won 28 games while the Toronto team won 14 games.
This meeting will mark the second and final time that these two ball clubs will face off against each other this season. October 27 was the last time they met up as the Raptors snuck away with a 101-92 win over the Lakers. During that game, DeMar DeRozan scored 24 points, grabbed 5 rebounds, dished off 5 assists, and committed 3 steals while Julius Randle finished with 18 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, one steal, and one block.
Los Angeles Lakers:
Lonzo Ball (knee; 10.2 PPG, 7.1 RPG, 7.1 APG, 35.6 FG%, 30.3 3P%)
Corey Brewer (coach’s decision; 3.5 PPG, 1.6 RPG, 0.7 APG, 44.9 FG%, 19.5 3P%)
Luol Deng (2.0 PPG, 0.0 RPG, 1.0 APG, 50.0 FG%)
Gary Payton II (G-League; 2.6 PPG, 1.4 RPG, 0.9 APG, 40.0 FG%, 15.4 3P%)
Thomas Bryant (G-League; 1.0 PPG, 0.3 RPG, 0.0 APG, 50.0 FG%, 50.0 3P%)
Ivica Zubac (G-League; 0.9 PPG, 0.8 RPG, 0.1 APG, 42.9 FG%)
Alfonzo McKinnie (coach’s decision; 1.3 PPG, 0.6 RPG, 0.1 APG, 55.6 FG%, 20.0 3P%)
Lucas Nogueira (coach’s decision; 3.0 PPG, 2.1 RPG, 0.4 APG, 59.6 FG%, 23.1 3P%)
Norman Powell (coach’s decision; 6.4 PPG, 1.8 RPG, 1.6 APG, 38.9 FG%, 28.6 3P%)
Lorenzo Brown (G-League; 1.1 PPG, 0.9 RPG, 1.1 APG, 33.3 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Bruno Caboclo (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 0.5 APG, 0.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
Malcolm Miller (G-League; 2.0 PPG, 0.7 RPG, 0.0 APG, 40.0 FG%, 50.0 3P%)
The Toronto Raptors would have the upper hand at the beginning of the game as they shot forty-four percent from the field in the first half, keeping the Los Angeles Lakers at thirty-eight percent. Fred VanVleet scored 12 points off of the bench while drilling two three-pointers in the second quarter. Three-time All-Star Kyle Lowry contributed with 10 points while shooting fifty-seven percent from the field. He would include a three-pointer in it while grabbing seven rebounds and dishing off three assists. DeMar DeRozan, Serge Ibaka, and Jonas Valanciunas all had seven points each while OG Anunoby had only three points. C.J. Miles played 10 minutes off of the bench but was kept to just two points.
As for the Lakers, Julius Randle warmed up with thirteen points while recording ten rebounds and four assists. Larry Nance Jr. contributed with nine points off of the bench while Brandon Ingram had five points on twenty percent shooting. Brook Lopez only had two points while Tyler Ennis drilled a three-pointer in the middle of the first quarter. Rookie Kyle Kuzma played the most minutes off of the bench but had only five points as the Canada team went into halftime with a 59 to 49 lead.
The Raptors would close things out in the second half as they shot fifty-seven percent from the field while the Lakers shot fifty percent. VanVleet added to his scoring total as he posted up 13 more points on sixty-seven percent shooting. DeRozan helped out with 12 points while C.J. Miles scored 11 points. Lowry was limited to just four points but did grab four defensive rebounds. Jakob Poeltl played the most minutes off of the bench but was kept to just four points.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 12 of the Lakers’ 62 second-half points which included 3 three-pointers. Alex Caruso scored nine points off of the bench while Lopez drilled two three-pointers in the third quarter. Nance Jr. played 17 minutes off of the bench to put up six points but it wasn’t enough as the Toronto Raptors handed the Los Angeles Lakers a 123-111 loss. Fred VanVleet finished the game with a career-high 25 points, along with two rebounds, 4 assists, and steals while Julius Randle had 17 points, 10 rebounds, and 5 assists. Jordan Clarkson also had 17 points, as well as 2 rebounds, and 2 assists.
The Los Angeles Lakers will head down south to Florida to take on Aaron Gordon (18.4 PPG, 8.3 RPG, 2.2 APG, 45 FG%) and the Orlando Magic (14-34) on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. That game will mark the first of two meetings between the Lakers and the Magic this season. They have played each other a grand total of 61 times in the past as the Lakers won 41 games while the Magic could only pull out 20 wins.
The Toronto Raptors will host Jimmy Butler (21.7 PPG, 5.4 RPG, 5.0 APG, 47 FG%) and the Minnesota Timberwolves (32-20) on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. This matchup will mark the second and final time that these two ball clubs will meet up this season. The Raptors and the Timberwolves have clashed with each other a total of 43 times as the Raptors ended up winning 28 games while the Timberwolves won 15 games. January 20 was the last time that battled each other as the Timberwolves pulled away with a 115 to 109 win. Andrew Wiggins finished that game with 29 points, 5 rebounds, and 3 assists while Kyle Lowry had 40 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists.