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Quick Reaction: Raptors 112, Lakers 122

The road trip comes to an end with another disappointing loss.

Box Score
O. Anunoby38 MIN, 31 PTS, 2 REB, 1 AST, 5 STL, 12-14 FG, 4-6 3FG, 3-3 FT, 0 BLK, 5 TO, 7 +/-

First two buckets in the game for Toronto and he was outstanding all night long as his first miss came late in the third quarter. Anunoby had two bad turnovers in the first half but that’s just nitpicking. He was getting hurt all game long but kept going and quite possibly played the best game of his career. A great defensive night and he also helped out in holding Anthony Davis to eight points.

P. Siakam37 MIN, 12 PTS, 4 REB, 2 AST, 0 STL, 5-13 FG, 2-5 3FG, 0-0 FT, 1 BLK, 1 TO, 9 +/-

Great night beyond the arc, but not so much at the rim (two airballs.) He hasn’t played to Siakam standards lately.

J. Poeltl33 MIN, 17 PTS, 10 REB, 4 AST, 3 STL, 8-17 FG, 0-0 3FG, 1-2 FT, 1 BLK, 0 TO, 5 +/-

A superb start to the game and he kept it going all night long. Great defence like always and a good playmaking night for Poeltl. He held Anthony Davis to eight points who has been great since the LeBron James injury so that was another positive for Poeltl.

S. Barnes38 MIN, 32 PTS, 9 REB, 7 AST, 1 STL, 13-19 FG, 1-4 3FG, 5-6 FT, 0 BLK, 1 TO, 5 +/-

Barnes was very productive in this game as he impacted the game in many different ways. He’s been making some very impressive mid-range shots lately and he made a couple of them tonight. Another phenomenal fourth quarter for Barnes and easily one of the best performances in his young career.

F. VanVleet36 MIN, 8 PTS, 4 REB, 10 AST, 3 STL, 3-9 FG, 2-6 3FG, 0-0 FT, 0 BLK, 4 TO, 5 +/-

VanVleet had another great defensive and playmaking game but for the second game in a row, the scoring was not up to his standards.

P. Achiuwa08 MIN, 5 PTS, 2 REB, 0 AST, 0 STL, 2-5 FG, 0-1 3FG, 1-2 FT, 0 BLK, 1 TO, -10 +/-

He had a bad travel on a Raptors fast-break. But outside of that, Achiuwa played a passable game.

G. Trent Jr.21 MIN, 0 PTS, 2 REB, 2 AST, 1 STL, 0-9 FG, 0-3 3FG, 0-0 FT, 0 BLK, 0 TO, -27 +/-

Another ice-cold game for Trent Jr. His role for this team is to score and he failed to do so tonight.

C. Boucher11 MIN, 2 PTS, 2 REB, 0 AST, 0 STL, 1-3 FG, 0-1 3FG, 0-0 FT, 1 BLK, 1 TO, -17 +/-

Showed some nice moves when he brought the ball up on a fast break in the second quarter. Nice block on Austin Reaves in the first half but that was pretty much it for Boucher tonight.

W. Barton14 MIN, 5 PTS, 1 REB, 3 AST, 1 STL, 2-3 FG, 1-2 3FG, 0-0 FT, 0 BLK, 0 TO, -18 +/-

Great to see Barton out there tonight after missing the last game due to illness. Great vision in this game as he was finding the open man frequently.

T. Young04 MIN, 0 PTS, 1 REB, 0 AST, 0 STL, 0-0 FG, 0-0 3FG, 0-0 FT, 0 BLK, 0 TO, -9 +/-

Young only had one short shift this game and it was in the fourth quarter when the Lakers recaptured the lead. He should’ve had an assist as he made a beautiful outlet pass to Trent Jr. on a fast break, but he was as reliable as a Mcdonald’s ice cream machine tonight.

Nick Nurse

The starters and Will Barton were the only reliable players today so he didn’t have many options tonight.

Things We Saw

  1. A Lakers bench masterclass. Los Angeles won the second unit battle by a score of 61 to 12.
  2. A brutal second quarter for the Raptors as they gave up 39 points and went into the half down 8.
  3. A 19-2 run to start the third quarter gave the lead right back to Toronto. Raptors won the quarter 28-15 overall.
  4. The Lakers hit Toronto right back with a huge quarter of their own, winning the fourth quarter by 15 points. The first quarter ended up being the only quarter where one team finished single digits behind the leading team.

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