Los Angeles Lakers set franchise low with early 25-point deficit

Kawhi Leonard Raptors

Kawhi Leonard Raptors

"It's very very hard to make a game out of it when you start like that and expend so much energy trying to get back into it".

Kyle Lowry added 21 points and 15 assists as the Eastern Conference-leading Raptors recorded their eighth consecutive win over the Lakers since 2014.

Ibaka drained his first 14 shots of the game as Toronto embarrassed the Lakers by grabbing a shocking 31-point lead in the first half en route to their ninth win of the National Basketball Association season.

"We haven't played that well on the road".

Leonard said the injury wasn't serious, although the team listed him as questionable to face the Lakers.

Following Wednesday night's clash in Sacramento the Raptors return home for Saturday, when they open a three-game homestand with a visit from the New York Knicks followed by a Monday night date with the New Orleans Pelicans.

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Ibaka's 20 points were a career high for points in any quarter, eclipsing his previous mark of 15.

James had 18 points and six assists, but saw his side end the first quarter down 42-17, a 25-point deficit which goes down as the team's worst opening frame in the shot-clock era (since 1954-55), per ESPN.

Ahead of tonight's contest, the fourth-year man had averaged 5.5 points per game and 2.2 rebounds over 16.3 minutes this season. You don't put too much into it.

The Raptors push their lead to as many as 31 points in the first half, but the Lakers fight back in the second half.

"They just came out and hit us right in the mouth".

"You always just stay even keel when you come in for games or you come in for practices and you're going for film sessions, you get better then. But you never let the outside noise get to you - and if you do that, that can cause problems".

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