It's hard enough playing 5-on-5 basketball, but Sunday afternoon the Toronto Raptors were faced with an even bigger challenge – they had to play 8-on-5. We know referees aren't perfect and that they are going to make mistakes, but their performance in today's game was ridiculous. The Los Angeles Lakers benefited from the calls and came out with the 112-106 win over the Raptors.
The Lakers attempted 28 free throws, while the Raptors only attempted 11. Sure the Raptors took a lot of jump shots, but when they drove into the lane and were fouled, no whistle was blown. The Lakers on the other hand seemed to be at the free throw line if a Raptors player even breathed on them. Lakers guard Nick Young was the beneficiary of two calls where he kicked his leg out after shooting a three pointer. In both instances, Young was rewarded with three free throws even though he was the one who created the contact.
With the win, the Lakers have now won two in a row and move to 16-25 on the season. The Raptors fall to 20-19 with the loss and lose for the second time in the last three games. It is the first time the Raptors have lost at home in their last seven. The Lakers also avoid the season sweep from the Raptors by winning today.
Points By Quarter
Here are some more notes from the game:
- The Raptors scored 36 first quarter points on 73.7% shooting. They had 13 assists on 14 made field goals. Seven of those assists came from Kyle Lowry.
- The game featured a lot of runs as both teams traded punches. The Raptors went on a 24-5 run in the first and second quarters, while the Lakers answered back with a 23-8 run of their own. The Raptors opened the third quarter on a 12-0 run, but the Lakers again answered back with a 25-9 run.
- Lakers guard Nick Young was the game's high-scorer as he poured in 29 points off the bench. Young was 7-13 from the field and 10-11 from the free throw line.
- Pau Gasol had 22 points and nine rebounds for the Lakers, while rookie Ryan Kelly added 17 points and five rebounds.
- DeMar DeRozan had 23 points, seven assists and six rebounds for the Raptors, but most of his production came in the first half. DeRozan had 16 points on 7-11 shooting at half. He shot just 3-13 in the second half, along with missing a key free throw down the stretch. DeRozan continues to try to do too much late in games.
- The Raptors point guards both had strong outings. Kyle Lowry had 21 points and nine assists, while Greivis Vasquez had 11 points, eight assists and five rebounds.
- Along with Vasquez off the bench, Patrick Patterson and Chuck Hayes provided a big spark for the Raptors. Patterson had 17 points and seven rebounds, while Hayes added seven points and six rebounds.
NEXT GAME: Monday, January 20 @ Charlotte Bobcats. 2 pm. ET
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