National Basketball Association wrap: Lakers' issues continue with blowout loss at home to Raptors

National Basketball Association wrap: Lakers' issues continue with blowout loss at home to Raptors

National Basketball Association wrap: Lakers' issues continue with blowout loss at home to Raptors

But despite missing four of Toronto's first 11 outings, Leonard continues to lead the team in points per game, rebounds per game, and steals per game, and has vaulted to a +650 bet on the odds to win NBA MVP, well ahead of the +950 odds he sported on opening night. "They came out and just hit us right in the mouth", James told reporters.

"It's going to be very, very hard to make a game out of that when you're trying to expend so much energy trying to get back in it". Los Angeles cut the margin to 117-107 in the fourth but they failed to get any closer with the game out of hand and James sitting on the bench in the final quarter.

"I don't really like to talk about it being disappointing. It was good for us to come into one of the most hostile buildings in the Western Conference and win". It will be interesting to see how the Raptors move forward, though, especially if Toronto is able to compile yet another victory without the team's best player on the court. "We going to watch some film and things of that nature".

While we can't expect LeBron to just cancel his plans every time the Lakers lose, it's not surprising that fans criticized James after he scored 18 points in a loss against a team that did not have its best player on the floor in Kawhi Leonard.


Leonard missed the game with a sore left foot which no doubt had the Lakers breathing a sigh of relief.

Elsewhere, Giannis Antetokounmpo finished with a triple double as the Milwaukee Bucks continued their best National Basketball Association start to a season by dominating the Sacramento Kings 144-109. To put that in perspective, Philadelphia led the National Basketball Association in turnovers last season with 16.3 per game.

Kyle Lowry scored 21 points and added 15 assists, breaking the franchise record of seven consecutive games of double-digit assists in the process.

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