Five takeaways from the Lakers’ loss to the Raptors

Provided by Yahoo! Sports Le Bron James had 20 points and 10 rebounds against the Raptors

The Raptors' veteran guard had 33 points and a career-high 14 rebounds to lead Toronto to a 107-92 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Saturday in their opening game of the NBA's much-anticipated restart. OG Anunoby added 23 points for Toronto while acting as primary defender on James, who led the Lakers with 20 points and 10 boards. This is the type of offensive performance that forces a team to re-think their defensive strategy, and Frank Vogel will certainly do so if these two teams meet again. Basketball is being played pretty much all day long.

Nevertheless, it was a bad start for the Lakers on Saturday against the defending champs after playing such a good game against the Clippers. Well, the team put together a attractive highlight during their 107-92 win over the Lakers on Saturday night. On Friday, eight teams scored more than 120 points in regulation and only five won.

While many fans and experts agree that Kawhi Leonard was the primary reason why the Raptors won the 2019 NBA Finals, LeBron James took some time following Saturday's game to express his belief that Leonard was not the sole reason behind Toronto winning a title a year ago. "Seriously man, we love to play the games and we like to compete, we know we're tough to beat, we really do, and I think there's a ceiling we can get to yet".

In plays 3-5, you see the value of Anunoby's strength, agility, and length, first making life hard for James despite deep post position before a tough contest, then forcing James into a pass by not allowing him to gain much ground after catching in a deeper position (VanVleet once again wreaks havoc by perfectly getting in James' line of sight while also maintaining a path to his man in the corner), and finally busting his tail through two screens and then combining with Pascal Siakam for a truly special defensive stand against James and Anthony Davis.

When James went to the bench with seven minutes remaining in the game, the Raptors ripped off a 10-0 run to take a lead they would never relinquish.

Earlier this week, James and the Lakers defeated Leonard's new team, the Los Angeles Clippers. They are 12th in the league in points at 113.0 in large part to the production of power forward Pascal Siakam, who has averaged 23.6 points and 7.5 rebounds per game.

Lowry drained a three over the outstretched hands of Kuzma with 3:01 to play to put Toronto up by 11, hollering animatedly to his teammates during the ensuing timeout.

The broadcast evening was full of emotional commercial spots for Black Lives Matter, showing players marching in streets and yelling in bullhorns, demanding equality - one message in a unified voice across all National Basketball Association teams. "They do a good job of clogging the paint", Davis said. It was an element the Raptors didn't have. "You execute your offense to get the best shot and we did that tonight". But this display of ball movement is an excellent example of how well they're playing as a unit.



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