Depleted Lakers leap forward, then grasp on to beat Raptors

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FILE — Talen Horton-Tucker #5 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts to a play in opposition to the Los Angeles Clippers in the course of the third quarter at Staples Heart on April 04, 2021 in Los Angeles, California.  Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Photos/AFP

Talen Horton-Tucker scored 17 factors off the bench and the visiting Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Toronto Raptors 110-101 Tuesday evening in Tampa, Florida.

Markieff Morris added 15 factors and grabbed 9 rebounds for the Lakers, who had misplaced their 11 earlier video games with the Raptors.

The Lakers opened up a 34-point lead within the second quarter in a recreation between two groups depleted by accidents and the ejections of OG Anunoby and Montrezl Harrell after a scuffle late within the first quarter.

The Raptors lower the result in 20 factors after three quarters and got here as shut as 9 factors late within the fourth.

Former Raptor Marc Gasol scored 9 of his 13 factors within the first quarter and had 9 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 blocks for the Lakers. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Alex Caruso every had 13 factors, Dennis Schroder had 12 factors and 9 assists and Devontae Cacok scored 10 and eight rebounds.

Pascal Siakam scored 27 factors for the Raptors, who had received their two earlier video games. Chris Boucher added 19 factors, DeAndre’ Bembry scored 12 factors and Gary Trent Jr. and Malachi Flynn every scored 11.

Anunoby of the Raptors and Harrell of the Lakers have been ejected with 2:24 left within the first quarter after a scuffle beneath the basket.

Anunoby was fouled by Schroder as he went up for a layup. Schroder was holding Anunoby to stop him from falling. Anunoby slammed Schroder to the court docket. Harrell then grew to become concerned.

Each groups already have been depleted by harm. The Lakers have been with out LeBron James (ankle), Anthony Davis (calf) and Andre Drummond (toe).

The Raptors have been with out Kyle Lowry (foot), Fred VanVleet (hip), Rodney Hood (hip) and Paul Watson Jr. (well being and security protocols).

Morris prolonged the margin to 34 factors with a jumper within the second quarter. Toronto completed the primary half on an 8-0 run and the Lakers led 68-42.

The Raptors lower the result in 17 factors on Bembry’s layup with 3:02 left. The Lakers led 90-70 after three quarters.

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