LeBron James reacts to Raptors snapping Lakers’ win streak
LOS ANGELES – The win streak comes to an end for the Los Angeles Lakers. The defending NBA champion Toronto Raptors proved to be too much to handle for Frank Vogel’s squad as Pascal Siakam, and his crew were able to come out on top at the Staples Center on Sunday night, 113-104.
“They were the better team tonight for sure,” LeBron James said of the visiting Raptors. “We had good opportunities to win the game, but they turned it up in that fourth quarter.”
Even though the Raptors didn’t have Kyle Lowry and Serge Ibaka, the reigning champions were able to pull through against arguably the best team in the NBA. Siakam, who is getting some early MVP buzz for his play as of late, struggled throughout the majority of this game but came on strong in the second half with a team-high 24 points, 11 rebounds, and three blocks.
“I just think they played a better basketball game,” Vogel said of Toronto. “Credit to the Raptors, they were terrific tonight. The guys that they had starting the game played well, but there were guys coming off the bench with opportunities to play that they don’t normally get. They made the best out of them … During that stretch, in particular, I think we didn’t take great shots, or we turned the basketball over, and they got out on the break.”
As for the Lakers, LeBron James and Anthony Davis led the way as usual. Davis shouldered the scoring load with a game-high 27 points to go along with eight rebounds, four blocks, three assists, and two steals. LeBron recorded his fourth triple-double of the season with 15 assists, 13 points, and 13 rebounds. However, it simply wasn’t enough to take down the resilient Raptors on Sunday.
“They still have championship players,” James said. “Yeah, they were short-handed, but they still got guys that are championship DNA players, so we didn’t take that lightly, and the guys that came in [off of the bench] gave them a good boost.”
The Lakers will try to pick up the pieces heading into next week as they’ll go on the road for a short trip to face the better-than-expected Phoenix Suns on Tuesday. Devin Booker and company are 6-3 on the season thus far and might be another tough challenge for Los Angeles.