LeBron James injured as Lakers fall to Raptors’ Kyle Lowry for third straight loss

LeBron James injured as Lakers fall to Raptors’ Kyle Lowry for third straight loss

Mark J. Terrill / Associated Press

The Los Angeles Lakers keep losing.

This time it was the Toronto Raptors, who beat the Lakers 121-114 in Sunday’s showdown at Staples Center. Kyle Lowry and Pascal Siakam led the way for the winners, who improved to 27-38 and ended their three-game losing streak.

Strong performances from LeBron James, Andre Drummond and Kyle Kuzma were not enough for the Purple and Gold, who fell to 36-28 with their third straight loss and sixth loss in their last seven games.

The fact that James left in the fourth quarter and did not return due to pain in his right ankle.

Notable player statistics

  • Kyle Lowry, G, TOR: 37 PTS, 11 AST, 12 of 20 FG, 8 of 13 3PT
  • Pascal Siakam, F, TOR: 39 PTS, 13 REB, 4 AST, 2 STL, 2 BLK
  • LeBron James, F, LAL: 19 PTS, 7 REB, 6 AST
  • Andre Drummond, C, LAL: 19 PTS, 11 REB
  • Kyle Kuzma, F, LAL: 24 PTS, 3 REB, 2 BLK, 6 of 11 3PT

Kyle Lowry and Pascal Siakam put on a show

The version of the Raptors on the floor wasn’t what many expected to at least attend the Eastern Conference.

Fred VanVleet, Gary Trent Jr., OG Anunoby and Chris Boucher were all out, further undermining a team that has largely come out of the playoffs with a 9-21 record since the start of March in the game. Sunday.

Lowry and Siakam missed the memo, they were supposed to turn around and accept defeat.

The pair of 2019 champions combined for 41 points in the first half, with Lowry draining three times and reaching the edge while preparing his teammates and Siakam battling for boards, shooting smaller defenders and sometimes taking his game over- beyond the arc. It was a brilliant offensive against the league top rated defense, by NBA.com.

While DeAndre ‘Bembry and Freddie Gillespie performed well on the bench, it was largely a two-person show.

In fact, the rest of Toronto’s starting lineup combined for four points as they netted 76. Lowry apparently had a response every time the Lakers made a run, converting a four-point game in third. quarterback and hitting two three-pointers and a step-back jumper in the space of three possessions in the fourth to keep the home team at bay.

Throw another key drive, stopping Lowry’s three on the stretch and Siakam’s timely drives to the basket and away shot, and it was clear they were the best players on the pitch throughout the game.

Lakers in a precarious position

While the Lakers have proven they don’t need a field advantage to win the title last season at Walt Disney World Resort, maybe it’s time to start worrying.

They are now tied with the Dallas Mavericks and Portland Trail Blazers, and whichever team finishes behind the other two in that group will be relegated to the play-in tournament. There’s also the issue with LeBron’s health, as he didn’t play the 6:42 final in what was only his second game since March 20.

He looked solid before stepping out with several threes and fadeaways in the lane.

Kuzma also impressed while providing a spark on the bench by taking fire from a distance of three points and throwing a monster jam. The shorthanded Raptors also didn’t have many answers about Drummond’s power, especially when Anthony Davis drew extra attention.

However, the Lakers’ generally strong defense was nowhere to be found.

They’ve been indifferent to this end with slow spins and poor fences on shooters. The only time anyone almost slowed down Lowry or Siakam was when James kept the latter for a little while in the fourth quarter.

To Los Angeles’ credit, he fought back even without James. But it was way too late, and now he’s looking for a potential spot in the play-in tournament.

And after?

The Lakers host the Denver Nuggets on Monday, while the Raptors are at the LA Clippers on Tuesday.


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