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FSM Recap: Lakers vs Raptors – Game 75 – 2023

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Los Angeles Lakers (43-33)  |  Toronto Raptors (23-52)

 

Wednesday night, it was the Lakers vs Raptors in Toronto. The Lakers beat the Raptors behind stellar team performance from three, giving Toronto their 14th straight loss in a  128-111 win.

 

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The Los Angeles Lakers continued their road trip on Tuesday night, taking on the Toronto Raptors in a must-win game.

Given the current landscape of the Western Conference, every game is important for the Lakers. The Raptors came in losers of 13 straight, clearly in tank mode, and the Lakers took advantage with a 128-111 victory to move to 5-1 on the road trip.

LeBron James played just 29 minutes and ended the night with 23 points, four rebounds, and nine assists. Anthony Davis was an efficient 10-20 from the field, scoring 21 points and grabbing 12 rebounds in the win.

D’Angelo Russell went on a tear from deep, converting on seven 3-pointers, and ended with a team-high 25 points.

The Lakers bench scored 38 points Tuesday night, drastically improving from the two points they produced in the defeat versus Brooklyn. Max Christie led the charge with 12 points.

The Lakers are now 5-1 during this road trip with one game remaining. Los Angeles is now 41-32, and this five-game winning streak is their longest of the season.

 

Lakers vs Raptors First Quarter:

 

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LeBron James found Anthony Davis for an alley-oop to begin the game, although it was otherwise a poor start for the Lakers. The Raptors went on a 10-0 run to take an early 12-4 lead, with Immanuel Quickley making a pair of 3-pointers.

Russell responded nicely for the Lakers with a triple of his own, and then Rui Hachimura hit one as L.A. began to settle in. Russell connected from deep once again, and then James had a layup to give the Lakers the lead.

Both teams’ scoring slowed considerably in the second half of the first quarter. Jaxson Hayes made an impact off the bench, though, crashing the offensive glass as the Lakers ended the first on a run to take a 34-25 lead.

 

Lakers vs Raptors 2nd Quarter:

 

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Hayes had a hard fall on his head at the end of the first quarter but was able to stay in the game. After back-to-back triples by Russell and Taurean Prince, the Lakers built their first double-digit lead.

James was having his way with the Raptors in the second quarter, getting to the rim for easy buckets and setting up his teammates. However, the same could be said for R.J. Barrett, who got off to an excellent start in the first half.

Spencer Dinwiddie got in on the action from deep with three triples, but the Raptors continued to hang around as the Lakers entered the halftime locker room leading 64-58.

 

Lakers vs Raptors 3rd Quarter:

 

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James decided it was time to take over the game in the third quarter. He dished a pass to Rui Hachimura that led to a dunk and then scored five consecutive points to give the Lakers a 14-point lead, their largest lead of the night.

Reaves finally converted a 3-point shot midway through the third after a bad 1-19 stretch over multiple games. After a corner 3-pointer by Max Christie, a win was in hand. The Lakers finished the quarter strong, outscoring the Raptors 36-23.

It was all Lakers from there as James and Davis completed three-point plays while Austin Reaves and Max Christie connected from deep. The Lakers’ run gave them a comfortable 100-79 lead going into the fourth quarter.

 

Lakers vs Raptors 4th Quarter:

 

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In the final frame, with the visitors up by 21, James still saw the floor to start the fourth. At the 9:22 mark, he finally sat down for good, and Davis never returned as the Lakers continued to pile on to their lead.

L.A. had no problem handling business in the fourth as Russell buried three more triples to put the game out of reach. Russell went on a vintage hot streak to keep a fake comeback at bay.

The starters were able to enjoy some rest for the majority of the fourth quarter. When the Lakers cleared the bench, the reserves were able to play respectable basketball during garbage minutes to ensure a dominant win ended smoothly.

 

The Los Angeles Lakers will travel to take on the Washington Wizards on Thursday, April 3rd, at 4:00 pm PST. Thank you for visiting FranchiseSportsMedia.com for your Las Vegas Sports news.

 

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