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FSM Recap: Lakers vs Raptors – Game 38 – 2023

Los Angeles Lakers (19-19) | Toronto Raptors (15-22)


It was the Lakers vs Raptors from Arena on Tuesday night. Anthony Davis dropped 41 points as the Los Angeles Lakers held off the Toronto Raptors, 132-131, for their first back-to-back wins in a month.


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The Los Angeles Lakers won their second straight game to improve to 19-19 after defeating the Toronto Raptors 132-131. They remain the 10th seed in the Western Conference

Anthony Davis had a spectacular outing for the Lakers with 41 points (13-of-17 FGs, 2-of-2 3s, 13-of-14 FTs), 11 rebounds, six assists, and one block in 40 minutes. His partner in crime, LeBron James, chipped in 22 points (8-of-17 FGs, 2-of-5 3s, 4-of-6 FTs), 12 assists, and five rebounds for Los Angeles.

For the Raptors, four of their starters scored 20+ points, with Scottie Barnes totaling 26 points (11-of-20 FGs, 3-of-7 3s) and six assists, Pascal Siakam had 25 points (10-of-17 FGs, 3-of-5 3s), RJ Barrett put up 23 points (10-of-13 FGs), ten rebounds, and five assists, and Immanuel Quickley had 21 points (8-of-14 FGs, 4-of-6 3s), five rebounds, and five assists. 


Lakers vs Raptors 1st Quarter:


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The Lakers did an excellent job getting Davis the basketball early on against a smaller Raptors team missing Jakob Poeltl due to an ankle injury. Davis had nine points already on 4-of-4 FGs, with Los Angeles leading 12-9 into the first time out.

Ending the first quarter, the Lakers led Toronto 28-24. Davis was dominant against the smaller Raptors frontline, scoring 16 points on 7-of-9 shooting. The Lakers shot 54.5 percent overall in the quarter, while Toronto matched them in points in the paint (18-18).


Lakers vs Raptors 2nd Quarter:


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The Raptors outscored Los Angeles 29-23 in the second quarter, ultimately taking the lead over the Lakers at 53-51. Davis was now up to 19 points, five rebounds, and four assists. He only attempted two shots in the second period (one he was fouled on), while James struggled with just five points on 2-of-5 shooting.

Davis had it going, but Los Angeles needed some other guys to knock down open shots. The Raptors also exploited several mismatches, attacking Taurean Prince and Austin Reaves. The Lakers also scored only three points in the final three minutes of the first half. 


Lakers vs Raptors 3rd Quarter:


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Back-to-back 3s from Cam Reddish and Prince helped Los Angeles quickly reduce Toronto’s biggest lead of eight back down to two early in the third period. The Lakers were 8 of 23 from 3 (34.8 percent), to Toronto’s 7 of 22 (31.8 percent).

The Raptors stretched their lead back to eight points for the second time in the third quarter off of back-to-back 3-pointers from Quickley. Los Angeles trailed 70-62 with 6:40 left in the third quarter.

Still, only two field goal attempts from Davis since the first period, when he hit 7-of-9 shots. The Raptors focused more defensive attention his way, but he wasn’t touching the ball much as the starters continued to struggle as a unit.

A couple of aggressive downhill finishes from James jump-started the Lakersoffense momentarily out of the mud. A 3-pointer from Prince, partly due to the Raptors collapsing on the rim, had them back within two.

Back-to-back triples from Max Christie and then another from D’Angelo Russell helped retake the lead for Los Angeles at 80-76.

A 10-2 run from the Lakers, and they were up by six, 84-78, with 1:54 remaining in the third. This is the second consecutive game that this secondary group, led by Russell, has ignited a late third-quarter run.

However, with Los Angeles leading by six into a time-out at the 1:54 mark of the third, Toronto scored on five straight possessions, turning an 84-78 Laker lead into an 89-88 deficit heading into the fourth period. Los Angeles turned the ball over twice in that time, letting the Raptors get out in transition. 

Toronto outscored the Lakers 11-4 over the final two minutes of the third. Davis only had three shot attempts since the first quarter.


Lakers vs Raptors 4th Quarter:


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Big 3’s from Davis, his second, and James, his second as well, to tie the game at 105 to counter an offensive push from the Raptors.

A good screen/roll action from Reaves and Davis drew extra help defense from Toronto, leading to an open corner three from Prince, but he couldn’t get it to go. 

Appreciative MVP chants from Lakers fans as Davis hit four straight FTs (and six straight points in crunch time) to put Los Angeles up 126-121 with 24 seconds to play.

Six straight makes had the Lakers up 130-125 with 8.4 seconds left, as the Raptors used their last time out.

Toronto still had a chance. However, Davis couldn’t miss from the charity stripe, finishing 11-for-11 from the line in the fourth quarter alone, as he needed two more to counter a banked-in three from Dennis Schroder and then a buzzer-beating three from Siakim that made the final score to 132-131.


The Los Angeles Lakers will now take on the Phoenix Suns on Thursday, January 11th, at 7:00 pm PST. Thank you for visiting for your Las Vegas Sports news.



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