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.
There it is--told you something weird always happens in Toronto:Dwight Howard ejected, seemingly for no reason.Wow...— John Ireland (@LAIreland) January 20, 2013
Howard had his arms locked with Alan Anderson during a free-throw rebound. That was his technical foul.
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.