Review Written by Adam Garfield (@AdamThe6God)
Serge Ibaka led the Raptors with 7 points to start the game, while Kyle Lowry added on 6 points of his own. Toronto hit 4 three-pointers in the 1st quarter. Ibaka also led the team with 6 rebounds and 2 blocks. The Raptors led the Lakers 28-21.
Julius Randle and Larry Nance Jr. combined for 13 points as the Raptors struggled to guard the Lakers' front court. Toronto also committed 7 personal fouls, a very high number for a team that is well coached. Despite the struggles on defense, the Raptors showed up on offense. Fred VanVleet exploded for 12 points as he came of the bench for Toronto. Toronto led by 10 heading into halftime as the score was 59-49.
DeMar DeRozan dropped 17 points coming out of halftime and Jonas Valanciunas contributed with 6 points. With around 2:42 left in the quarter, Lakers' rookie Kyle Kuzma got the ball on the wing, slipped past a defender, and posterized his former college teammate at the University of Utah, Jakob Poeltl. The Raptors led 91-77 going into the final period.
VanVleet and C.J. Miles put on a show while on the offensive end. VanVleet put up 13 points and Miles scored 11. Since Miles has been in Canada for half of a season now, it's time we change his name to C.J. Kilometers. C.J. has been showing out in every game and capitalizes when he is out on the court. Jordan Clarkson led the Lakers with 9 points, but it wasn't enough to bring his team within striking distance. Toronto recorded 7 assists in total throughout the 4th quarter. Toronto defeated Los Angeles 123-111.
Fred VanVleet: *25pts, 4 assists
DeMar DeRozan: 19pts, 7 assists
Kyle Lowry: 14pts, 11 rebounds
Jonas Valanciunas: 13pts, 10 rebounds
Serge Ibaka: 11pts, 9 rebounds
C.J. Miles: 13pts, 3 rebounds
* = Career High
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