Sunday, January 19, 2014


posted by Romy Aquino
This was the stretch of games that Raptors had an opportunity to pile up a few W's with teams holding losing records.  Sunday afternoon against the Los Angeles Lakers was one of them.  The Lakers had a shorthanded roster without guys like Kobe, Nash and Steve Blake, so an early matinee against the Lakers was an opportunity to steal a season series win against the Lakers. However,  Nick "Swaggy P" Young and Pau Gasol didn't let it happen as the Lakers pulled out a 112-106 win.

Numbers don't lie, check the scoreboard:
15  Number of fourth quarter points scored by Nick Young.

47  Raptors worked the boards, outrebounding the Lakers 47-31

19  The lead the Raptors had midway in the second quarter that was later erased by the Lakers

17   Points from first time Lakers forward Ryan Kelly in his first career start

28  Number of times the Lakers got to the free throw line, where they went 26-28 (92%) from the charity stripe.

17  Points from Patrick Patterson who had 17 points and 7 rebounds off of the bench for the Raptors

11  Points from Greivis Vasquez, in another solid performance from the Raptors bench.  Vasquez had 11 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists.

0  Number times the Raptors have ever swept a season series against the Los Angeles Lakers

27-8   The Lakers all-time record against the Toronto Raptors

12  Number of points scored by DeMar Derozan in the second quarter, DeMar went 10/24 from the field and finished with 23 pts, 6 reb, 7 asts

1  Kobe Bryant appearance at last night's Maple Leafs game against the Montreal Canadiens

1  First Coach of the Month honours presented to Coach Casey before the start of the game.

Pound The Rock Star of the Game: Swaggy P - 29 pts (7-13 FG), 5-7 3pt, 10-11 FT, 2 reb

(Photo via USA Today)

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