NBA: Raptors jump on Lakers early, roll to victory

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Posted at Mar 15 2022 01:54 PM

Toronto Raptors forward Yuta Watanabe (R) of Japan enters the game for forward Pascal Siakam (L) of Cameroon during the second half of the NBA basketball game between the Toronto Raptors and the Atlanta Hawks at State Farm Arena in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, 26 February 2022. File photo. Erik S. Lesser, EPA-EFE.
Toronto Raptors forward Yuta Watanabe (R) of Japan enters the game for forward Pascal Siakam (L) of Cameroon during the second half of the NBA basketball game between the Toronto Raptors and the Atlanta Hawks at State Farm Arena in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, 26 February 2022. File photo. Erik S. Lesser, EPA-EFE.


Pascal Siakam had 27 points and 11 rebounds and the visiting Toronto Raptors led all the way to defeat the Los Angeles Lakers 114-103 Monday night.

Siakam has scored at least 20 points in a career-best seven consecutive games.

Gary Trent Jr. scored 28 points for the Raptors, who have won four straight with and are 4-1 with one game to go on their six-game road trip.

Scottie Barnes had 15 of his 21 points in the first quarter for Toronto. Chris Boucher finished with 13 points, Precious Achiuwa had 10 points and 11 rebounds, and Fred VanVleet chipped in with 11 points.

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LeBron James had 30 points for the Lakers, who have lost two in a row and four of their past five. They lost 140-111 to the host Phoenix Suns on Sunday.

Talen Horton-Tucker added 20 points for the Lakers, and Russell Westbrook and Carmelo Anthony each had 14 points.

Toronto extended its lead to 28 in the third quarter and took a 20-point lead into the fourth.

James' dunk had the Lakers within 15 points with 4:24 to play. Anthony made three free throws with 3:20 remaining, cutting the lead to 11. When James hit a 3-pointer with 2:19 to go the lead was down to nine.

Trent made two free throws with 53.1 seconds to play and the lead was back to 12.

Toronto led 33-12 after one quarter as the Lakers shot 3-for-25 from the field and trailed by as many as 24 points.

Malik Monk made a 3-pointer with 5:13 to play in the second quarter to cut the lead to 19. Westbrook's layup moments later trimmed the lead to 17.

Anthony's 3-pointer reduced the margin to 13 with 2:05 left in the first half. Toronto responded with a 9-4 surge and led 58-40 at halftime.

The Lakers shot 12-for-45 (26.7 percent) from the field in the first half. Toronto shot 22-for-47 (46.8 percent).

Siakam's 3-pointer with 8:46 to play in the third quarter restored Toronto's 22-point lead. Trent made two free throws with 3:04 remaining in the quarter to stretch the advantage to 28.

Tucker-Horton finished the third quarter with a 3-pointer to cut Toronto's lead to 91-71.