Los Angeles Lakers vs. Toronto Raptors: Postgame Grades and Analysis for L.A.

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Los Angeles Lakers vs. Toronto Raptors: Postgame Grades and Analysis for L.A.
Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

In the continuation of an indescribable downfall, the Los Angeles Lakers lost to the Toronto Raptors, 108-103.

It was downhill from the opening tip, as the Raptors jumped out to a 25-9 lead in the first quarter. The Lakers began to close the gap during the second quarter, but the unthinkable transpired.

Dwight Howard picked up his second technical foul and was ejected with 1:18 remaining in the first half.

 

 

Howard had his arms locked with Alan Anderson during a free-throw rebound. That was his technical foul.

Seriously.

Unfortunately, D-12's ejection was the least of L.A.'s worries. The Lakers were down by as many as 19 points and never managed to close the gap. Even the Lakers' token fourth-quarter run proved to be meaningless as their defense never found its rhythm.

This has become a consistent staple during Mike D'Antoni's tenure. Even still, we cannot ignore one very important fact: Every Laker on the floor was at fault tonight.

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