The Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Toronto Raptors, snapping an 11-game losing streak against Toronto that dated back to 2014.
3-point shooting was the clear difference, but the Raptors depleted roster struggled to create offence to keep up with the Lakers' hot perimeter shooting night.
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Toronto Raptors vs. Los Angeles Lakers: Live score, updates, news, stats and highlights
Final: Lakers 110, Raptors 101
The Raptors were able to make things interesting down the stretch with a late push that made the final score appear much closer than it was. Pascal Siakam scored 17 points in the final frame to help lead that charge, but it was too little too late as Toronto had dug itself into far too deep of a hole to put a scare into the Lakers.
Los Angeles shot 18-for-40 from 3-point range, coming up just one 3-pointer shy of tying its single game best for this season. For comparison, the Raptors were 5-for-33 from 3, marking their lowest 3-point total of the season.
The Lakers had six different players score in double figures, led by Talen Horton-Tucker who finished with a team-high 17 points. For Toronto, Siakam's fourth quarter boosted his scoring total to 27 points to lead the team, but it was Chris Boucher's 19 points and eight rebounds that kept the team from completely falling apart when things got tough.
Final from Tampa pic.twitter.com/Ak6QyLqOL0- Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) April 7, 2021
The Raptors just can't seem to get over the hump, trailing 102-83 with 5:32 to play in the game. Lakers young forward Talen Horton-Tucker is heating up in the fourth quarter, with 17 points, six assists and three rebounds for the game.
End of third quarter: Lakers 90, Raptors 70
The Raptors made some progress on the Lakers' lead, trailing by 20 points heading into the final frame. DeAndre' Bembry's efforts have made an impact in Toronto getting back into this one, stuffing the stat sheet with 10 points, five rebounds, five steals and three assists. The Raptors will need an offensive flurry if they're going to come back in this one and it starts iwth Pascal Siakam snapping out of his funk, shooting 3-for-16 from the field.
One quarter to finish in Tampa.@Keefmorris: 15 pts, 9 reb@MarcGasol: 13 pts, 8 reb, 5 ast@ACFresh21: 12 pts, 2 stl pic.twitter.com/vncY0gjXtO- Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) April 7, 2021
The Raptors are cutting into the Lakers' lead in the slightest, trailing 78-57 with 4:58 remaining in the third. The story of the game has been Los Angeles' 3-point shooting, going 14-for-29 (48.3%) from beyond the arc. All eight Lakers that have attempted a 3-pointer have made one, with Alex Caruso and Markieff Morris's three 3s leading the team. Chris Boucher continues to be one of the few Raptors providing energy, giving the team 18 points and six rebounds.
18 & 6 for Chris pic.twitter.com/wm6BwNYMoz- Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) April 7, 2021
Halftime: Lakers 68, Raptors 42
Wow, did things get out of hand fast. The Lakers began the second quarter on a 19-2 run, which has completely blown this game open. They enter halftime with a 26-point lead behind 15 points from Markieff Morris and 12 points from Alex Caruso. As a team, they continue to shoot the lights out, going 13-for-22 (59.1%) from 3 in the first half.
For the Raptors, it has been a struggle on the offensive end without a number of key cogs. Chris Boucher's 12 points leads the team and Aron Baynes has added seven points off the bench, but no other player has found a rhythm. Gary Trent Jr. only has five points while shooting 2-for-8 from the field and Pascal Siakam only has seven points while shooting 2-for-11 from the field.
Everybody firing the arrows tonight! 🏹🏹🏹 pic.twitter.com/NPtCjy5kvB- Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) April 7, 2021
End of first quarter: Lakers 40, Raptors 28
The eventful first quarter has come to a close and in terms of the actual basketball being played, the Raptors allowed the Lakers to score 40 points while shooting 63.6 percent from the field and 69.2 percent from 3. Marc Gasol is showing out against his former squad with nine points, six rebounds, three assists and a block while Markieff Morris has also chipped in nine points on three 3s. For the Raptors, Chris Boucher's eight points leads the way with Aron Baynes adding seven points off the bench.
With Anunoby's ejection, the Raptors are now down to just eight available bodies for the remainder of the game.
A season-high nine triples in one quarter 👌👌👌👌👌👌👌👌👌@MarcGasol: 9 pts, 6 reb, 3 ast@Keefmorris: 9 pts- Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) April 7, 2021
Dennis Schröder: 7 ast pic.twitter.com/QeWcbKkgpE
Dennis Schroder served a hard foul on OG Anunoby, which led to a bit of a scrap breaking out. As a result of the jawing and shoving, Anunoby and Montrezl Harrell were ejected.
The Lakers continue to make it rain from 3, leading 31-15 with 4:26 left in the quarter. Markieff Morris has the hot hand, burying three of his first four 3-point attempts. As a team, they're 6-for-7 from deep with Dennis Schroder dishing out six assists to faciliate the offence.
The Lakers got out to a quick start, leading 17-12 with 7:02 to play in the frame. Los Angeles is 3-for-4 from 3-point range to build the early lead and Marc Gasol is making his presence felt inside in his first matchup against his former team with four points and four boards.
Aggressive from the start 😤- Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) April 6, 2021
(📺: @SpectrumSN) pic.twitter.com/KLqTKtUE5Z
The Lakers will start Dennis Schroder, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Kyle Kuzma, Markieff Morris and Marc Gasol.
Let's get started. #SuitingUpTogether | @ToyotaSocal pic.twitter.com/QUYlgfjEGg- Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) April 6, 2021
Head coach Nick Nurse will stick with the same starting lineup as last night: DeAndre' Bembry, Gary Trent Jr., OG Anunoby, Pascal Siakam and Chris Boucher.
Tonight's @Invisalign starting lineup. #WeTheNorth pic.twitter.com/ir1IJWoCwx- Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) April 6, 2021
Quite the lengthy list of players missing in this contest.
Lowry (foot); VanVleet (hip); Hood (hip); McCaw (knee); Harris (hip) and Watson (health-and-safety) are out for Raptors vs. Lakers. LA is without AD and LeBron, you may have heard, and also Andre Drummond (foot).- Michael Grange (@michaelgrange) April 6, 2021
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