Toronto disrupts the 2019 Lakeshow’s win streak and makes them start all over again!
BarnBurner Sports Writer
Monday, November 11, 2019
Many thought Toronto would succumb to the Lakers impressive roster but Toronto said not today!
These Laker’s are on fire entering this game against the Raptors on a 7 game win streak. The Lebron led Lakers are first in the league, ahead of the second place Celtics and the third place Denver Nuggets. Knowing that heading into this game is already tough but then you add on no Kyle Lowry ( left thumb fracture) and no Serge Ibaka(sprained right ankle) for Toronto. That sounds like trouble. Both players injured in Friday’s game against the Pelicans.
Fun fact: This is the Lakers best start to a season since the 2010-2011 season.
Toronto played good defence in the first quarter forcing shot clock violations and stealing the ball from LA. This is what they have to do against the team with the best defence in the league. Avery Bradley stepped up and put up all of the Lakers first 7 pts and helped LA go on a 10-3 run to start the game Bradley would slow down and only finish with 9 pts. Another Laker who had a slow game were, surprisingly Danny Green. Green shot 46% beyond the arc when in Toronto last season but during this game went 0/4 from beyond the arc. He played twenty-seven minutes and had very little to show for it. 0 pts,2 ast, 3 reb.
Canadian Chris Boucher came off the bench and quickly took charge and put on a show of his own finishing an alley-oop from Van Vleet to give Toronto their first lead in the half only minutes into the second quarter. Boucher would tie his career high and finish with 15 pts. He could have passed his career high if he had sunk the following free throw attempt.
Fun Fact: Chris Boucher blocked Anthony Davis.
Van Vleet rushes through traffic to bring the Raptors within 6 pts. A few plays after OG Anunoby subs out as he picks up his third foul and in comes some height to finish off the first half. Toronto stays in the game but would trail by 8 pts at the half, 60-52. Fred would later tie the game up at 68 after drilling a deep deep three ball late in the third quarter.
There was a little bit of drama in the third quarter when Pascal Siakam stripped the ball from King James. King thought it were a foul but Nick Nurse challenged the call saying Siakam had all ball and guess what- Nick Nurse won his first challenge! After looking at the replay( and the slo mo) the call was overturned. Yes, we are still talking about basketball not football! Raptors now only down by 4 pts. Sorry Lebron.
Terrence Davis would hit a corner three ball in front of the Lakers bench giving Toronto their first lead since the first half, 73-71. Then Siakam with his own three ball. He led this team to victory and stepped up with Lowry and Siakam sitting out. Spicy P finished the game with a team high 24 pts, 11 reb. While Steady Freddy finished with 23 pts and 10reb. Pretty impressive for these two players.
Where’s the King you ask? Well, he was there just in more of a supporting role this game. He needed to continue his triple double run(85th career triple double). He ended up with 13 pts, 15 ast and 13 reb. The star for the Lakers had to be Anthony Davis with 27 pts and 8 reb.
The Raptors bench would come in strong and play championship ball, even the newcomers looked comfortable. The game basically ended with Siakam denying the life out of Lebron James and then undrafted rookie Terrence Davis with the contested layup to give Toronto the lead 103-90.
Don’t blink because the Raptors will stay in Los Angeles and head back to the Staples Centre where they will play the second game of their back to back and face off against Kawhi Leonard and the now healthy Paul George. This will be the first time Paul George has stepped foot on the court with his new team. And for Kawhi, I don’t see this game being any different as he is currently averaging 29 ppg, 8.1 rpg and 5.4 apg. It will be another late game for you Toronto fans. Tip off is at 10:30 EST.
Toronto 113-104 Los Angeles