LOS ANGELES — Some nights you’re simply going to wish DeMar DeRozan to take over and in his 600th NBA sport, he did simply that.
After a quiet first half by which he scored simply seven factors, DeRozan went off for 17 within the second half because the Raptors starters did what the bench couldn’t do and bought the higher of the Los Angeles Lakers in NBA motion Friday evening.
It didn’t come straightforward with this younger Lakers membership clawing and preventing for each rebound, each free ball on each possession, however after two losses to start out this street journey, the Raptors put one within the win column with a 101-92 victory.
Pascal Siakam began once more rather than the injured Lucas Nogueira — who would in any other case be beginning for the injured Jonas Valanciunas — had one other robust evening following up his 20-point efficiency in Oakland towards the Golden State Warriors with a 16-point effort towards the Lakers.
Siakam and Lowry had been a two-man quick break on a number of events with Siakam beating all of the Lakers down the ground and Lowry merely enjoying pitch and catch with the younger ahead as soon as he bought into the paint.
Lowry was no slouch himself with a triple double on this one, his first of the 12 months. It was his ninth of his profession and first since February when he did it towards the Brooklyn Nets.
This may increasingly have been the starters finest sport since their win over Philadelphia Sixters on opening evening. Serge Ibaka additionally had a robust sport for the Raptors with 18 factors and eight boards.
The Raptors didn’t shoot the basketball significantly nicely hitting at simply over 42 per cent general and simply 24 per cent from past the three-point arc, however they discovered a approach.
With the win the Raptors improved to 3-2 whereas the Lakers fell to 2-3.
The Raptors will now get pleasure from a time without work earlier than returning to observe Sunday earlier than the journey continues Monday in Portland.
Powerful evening for the bench
The second unit of CJ Miles and the youngsters hasn’t had too many dangerous nights general however they could have met their match towards the Lakers second unit which was led by Kyle Kuzma and Julius Randle out-duelling the youthful Raptors 5.
It’s not usually this 12 months that the whole bench unit has all been within the minus however that was the case final evening.
Kuzma, the previous teammate of Raptors’ Delon Wright and Jakob Poeltl and a uncooked rookie, appeared poised and veteran-like all evening. He spent more often than not with coach Luke Walton’s second unit however the starters as nicely with Larry Nance Jr. in some early foul hassle after which needing a go to to the locker room mid second quarter.
Randle completed with 16 factors and Kuzma 15 together with 10 rebounds. No member of the Raptors’ second unit made it into double digits in both class though Poeltl had one other respectable evening with seven boards and 7 factors.
Profitable some minutes
Raptors’ coach Dwane Casey needed to deal with some questions on minutes with a handful of those self same younger guys making robust circumstances for extra with their play of late. We’re considering primarily of Pascal Siakam (one sport) and Jakob Poeltl (each video games of the journey to this point).
Casey’s response was he actually doesn’t should decide in any respect.
“The fellows handle it themselves,” Casey mentioned. “Guys that carry out will get the minutes. He’s (talking of Siakam right here) one other younger man who’s enjoying with a function. He’s been up and down however final sport was actually, actually particular the way in which he performed. He’ll decide the minutes when everybody will get wholesome and comes again and it simply provides one other younger proficient piece to our group that’s able to coming and getting the job finished if want be.”
Poeltl too has raised eyebrows and expectations and Casey says now that they’re raised there’s no purpose to not count on extra of the identical.
“Sure. Positively. No query,” he mentioned of wanting extra of that from his second-year centre. “The rebounding is what we’d like. We didn’t get it within the San Antonio sport. We bought it within the final sport. Once more there are going to be up and downs within the younger guys. However that’s what we count on of him. And Pascal too with the power, the toughness he provides us on the boards needs to be anticipated from these guys.”