Who said the Lakers need LeBron James and Anthony Davis for resounding victories? In its ninth game without James and Davis, Los Angeles comfortably beat the Toronto Raptors 110-101 on Tuesday. His biggest advantage was 34 points. They are now 4-5 in games James and Davis haven’t played.
Tuesday also marked the Lakers’ first win over the Raptors since November 30, 2014, when Kobe Bryant hit a triple-double, Nick Young scored 20 points off the bench and the game went into overtime.
As impressive as these two statistics are, they need some context. The Raptors entered Tuesday’s game with just nine players, and that number was quickly reduced to eight when OG Anunoby was sent off in the first quarter for his suplex on Dennis Schröder. Okay, maybe it wasn’t exactly a suplex, but it was definitely a wrestling move.
The Lakers and Raptors had to separate after a physical play between Dennis Schröder and OG Anunoby.
Anunoby and Montrezl Harrell were expelled from the game. pic.twitter.com/hBNxjGyWWv
– SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) April 7, 2021
Montrezl Harrell was also expelled for exacerbating the situation, as the above tweet points out. Harrell finished the night with just two minutes to play. Fortunately, the Lakers were able to find entries elsewhere on their roster; most notably through Talen Horton-Tucker.
With Kyle Lowry and Fred VanVleet out for the night, Horton-Tucker was able to beat his defenders on dribbling with relative ease on Tuesday and as a result finished the game with a team-high 17 points at 6-10. . shots from the field and 3-4 shots from behind the arc. Now he has scored at least 15 points in his last three games.
In all, seven different Lakers scored at least 10 points and as a team, they shot 49.4% from the field and 45% from behind the arc. The Raptors had no way to stop them.
The Lakers will try to carry their shooting from Tuesday to their game against the Miami Heat on Thursday. They also hope to have some reinforcements by then.
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