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In a battle to prove who wore the purple best, the Toronto Raptors, on the backs of two of their leaders — Pascal Siakam and Kyle Lowry — willed their way to a 121-114 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers.
Toronto carried a solid performance, starting in the second quarter, all the way to the end of the fourth as they maintained a multiple-possession lead throughout the final frame.
Siakam and Lowry stole the show tonight with 76 combined points, becoming the first Raptors duo to score at least 35 points each in one game since Mike James and Morris Peterson in 2006, according to Sportsnet Stats.
Siakam finished with 39 points, 13 rebounds and four assists while Lowry had 37 points, two rebounds and 11 assists.
Kyle Kuzma led the Lakers with 24 points, with LeBron James and Andre Drummond just behind him at 19 points each.
This game proved that it wasn’t about who was more accurate, but who could get more effective shots in before the final buzzer.
The teams were neck and neck to begin the game but the Lakers were able to pull ahead late in the first quarter and Toronto went into the second frame trailing 38-32.
The following quarter was much of the same until the Raptors swung the momentum in their favour with about six minutes remaining in the half. Toronto would go on to outscore L.A. 40-21 in the second quarter and led 72-59 at the half.
The third frame saw the Raptors continue their dominant play. They went into the fourth leading 99-84 with lots of momentum to build on.
Gary Trent Jr., Paul Watson Jr. and Chris Boucher were all ruled out prior to the game. OG Anunoby was a late scratch for the Raptors as he was added to the injury report just an hour before tip-off.
Fred VanVleet was also ruled out to rest his hip in hopes for a strong final push this season.
Dennis Schroder and Jared Dudley were out for the Lakers.
The Raptors will stay in L.A. for the next two days as they prepare to visit the Clippers on Tuesday evening. Tip-off is set for 10 p.m. EST.