Lakers' bench struggled in second half to score, as they fall short to the Raptors, 107-92
Orlando- The Los Angles Lakers' second unit could not score late in the fourth quarter, as they were defeated by the Toronto Raptors, 107-92.
With under eight minutes left in regulation, the Lakers had trouble scoring the ball. Kyle Kuzma and Dion Waiters were the only guys that were the aggressors. Both players were looking for ways to score. Kuzma was attacking the painted area and hitting mid-range shots, while Waiters hit a pair of threes to keep the Lakers within striking distance. In total, they combined for 28 points.
Every time it seemed like LeBron James was about to take over and somehow cut the Raptors' lead to single digits, the Raptors went on a series of 8-4 runs and finished the game off in dominating fashion. Raptors' star Kyle Lowry found his stroke and had a superb game. He finished with 33 points, 6 assists, and 14 rebounds in 35 minutes of play. The Lakers had trouble on switches and the Raptors took advantage of it. The Raptors put the Lakers' bigs in foul trouble early on and pushed the pace of the game, as they shot 41.7% for the game. Toronto was hitting their three's as they made 14 out of 34 and controlled the boards with a total of 51, while the Lakers had 40 total rebounds.
Lebron's supporting cast was non-existent and quiet against the Raptors. Anthony Davis had 14 points, 3 assists, 6 rebounds. JaVale McGee had 3 points and 4 rebounds. Dwight Howard had 5 points and 5 rebounds. James had 20 points, 5 assists, and 10 rebounds. The Lakers had 17 turnovers and shot the ball around 35% for the night.
The Lakers missed an opportunity to clinch the 1st seed in the West and will have to see if they could be victorious in their next game against Utah Jazz.