After a stout defensive overall performance from the Miami Warmth, Anthony Davis and the Los Angeles Lakers authorized 113 points to a shorthanded Toronto Raptors staff and noticed their 7-sport successful streak snapped in the process.
Toronto was the much more intense staff during the evening as they routinely pushed the pace for quick baskets and on the other close contested seemingly every single shot at the rim.
The Lakers had a tricky time manufacturing any offense for stretches and it in the end price tag them in the close.
Davis recounted what went mistaken for Los Angeles but remained optimistic about their outlook likely forward.
“I feel the 18 points in the third quarter… we gotta get our offense clicking. They killed us in transition. We had some good seems, we skipped pictures and they had some significant performs. But we gotta be in a position to score the basketball a minor little bit much more,” Davis shared.
“Our defense may not be there or they’re producing difficult pictures but we’re fantastic. We’re still gonna hang our hats on defense, we’re gonna shift the basketball. The zone was a minor distinct, they threw a bizarre double staff at me and I had some pricey turnovers the complete sport. I gotta be much better there, but we’ll look at the film and see where by we can get much better.”
The Lakers entered the third quarter up 8 points, but the Raptors uncovered their groove on the offensive close as they started to strike much more perimeter pictures while also turning up their defensive intensity. Los Angeles offense stalled out following settling for quite a few jumpers of their possess which opened the door for Toronto to occur back again and seize manage.
Davis finished the evening with 27 points on 10-of-20 shooting in 38 minutes, but he was the lone vivid spot on offense as the relaxation of his staff struggled. LeBron James only managed to score 13 points while rotational players like Danny Eco-friendly and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope ended up held scoreless.
The defense has been the purple and gold’s conserving grace in quite a few video games this season as they have been in a position to lockdown opponents in key times but they unsuccessful to do so as the Raptors came up with all the hustle performs in the fourth quarter. In spite of that, the Lakers appeared like they ended up likely to mount yet another late-sport comeback following a pair of Kyle Kuzma three-ideas, but their transition defense authorized a few of swift scores to Pascal Siakam that place the sport out of get to.
However, Davis and the Lakers have a good opportunity to get back again in the acquire column when they deal with the Phoenix Suns on the street.