First place Raptors clobber Lakers, Bucks topple Kings

"They're playing like they're the best team in the Eastern Conference so far".

"It's a long season, so we're thinking about the long road". The Raptors push their lead to as many as 31 points in the first half, but the Lakers fight back in the second half.

Early on, it felt like the Raptors were just hanging on.

The Raptors clamped down on the Lakers defensively, limiting them 45.9% from the field and 25% from three-point land.

Ibaka, who finished 15-for-17 from the field, made his first 14 shots to start the game - the most by an National Basketball Association player since Shaquille O'Neal did so for the Miami Heat on February 25, 2006, against the Seattle SuperSonics.

Problems for Powell: Norm Powell left the game in obvious pain in the second quarter after getting his left shoulder got caught on Utah's Rudy Gobert as he pushed through a dribble handoff.

Update: the Jazz sideline reporter confirms that he's got a left shoulder sprain and will not return. The Jazz outscored the Raptors 39-30 in the fourth quarter (which included nine points by rookie Grayson Allen) but the game was all but over by that point.

"It's going to be very, very hard to make a game out of that when you're trying to expend so much energy trying to get back in it".

This and that: Serge Ibaka got into foul trouble early but that didn't stop his recent offensive surge: despite a season-low 13:46 minutes, he shot 100 per cent from the field. In that scenario, he would play Monday, according to Nurse. VanVleet and Anunoby, who have missed a combined seven games already this season, both started to find a groove offensively: their 17 points each were season highs.

The Raptors jumped out to a 41-10 lead to begin the game and cruised the rest of the way. Nurse won in 2011, two years after Snyder earned the honour.

The Lakers are back in action at home against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday.

  • Angelo Rivera