Kyle Lowry Leads Raptors Past LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Lakers

Paul KasabianSenior ContributorAugust 2, 2020

Toronto Raptors' Kyle Lowry (7) plays against the Los Angeles Lakers during the second half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis, Pool)
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Kyle Lowry posted 33 points, 14 rebounds and six assists as the Toronto Raptors defeated the Los Angeles Lakers 107-92 on Saturday at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

The Raps outscored the Lakers 35-16 in the final 10:10 to turn a 76-72 deficit into a 15-point win.

Lowry shot 8-of-16 from the field and hit five of his nine three-pointers. He also got to the free-throw line 15 times and made 12 attempts.

He led a dominant Raptors starting five that saw Pascal Siakam and OG Anunoby each finish plus-27 on the evening. Fred VanVleet had 13 points and 11 dimes in 40 minutes, and Anunoby scored 23. Siakam had 15 points on just 5-of-17 shooting but added a pair of blocks and steals.

The Lakers shot a season-low 35.4 percent and 25.0 percent from three-point range. LeBron James led the Lakers with 20 points, and Anthony Davis had an off night with 14 points on 2-of-7 shooting.


Notable Performances

Raptors PG Kyle Lowry: 33 PTS, 14 REB, 6 AST

Raptors SF OG Anunoby: 23 PTS, 4 REB, 2 STL

Raptors G Fred VanVleet13 PTS, 11 AST, 5 REB

Lakers G/F LeBron James: 20 PTS, 10 REB, 5 AST

Lakers F/C Anthony Davis: 14 PTS, 6 REB, 3 BLK

Lakers F Kyle Kuzma: 16 PTS, 4 REB


Lowry Crushes Lakers in Raptors' Bubble Debut

The stat of the night is courtesy of Josh Lewenberg of TSN, who showcased Lowry's dominance in comparison to James and Davis' outings:

Josh Lewenberg @JLew1050

Kyle Lowry: 33 points, 14 rebounds, 6 assists, 15 FTA, +24. LeBron James/Anthony Davis: 34 points, 16 rebounds, 8 assists, 16 FTA, -37.

Lowry pretty much did no wrong in another dominant performance against the Lakers, who have now lost 11 straight to Toronto dating back to 2014:

Bleacher Report @BleacherReport

Raptors beat the Lakers 107-92 It's their 11th straight win vs. LAL dating back to 2014 Lowry: 33 PTS | 14 REB | 6 AST Siakam: 15 PTS & 9 REB https://t.co/0hqpaVAL3n

The former Villanova star was the catalyst behind the latest victory, even posting a double-double before the third quarter ended:

Josh Lewenberg @JLew1050

Lowry has a double-double of 17 points and 10 rebounds midway though the 3rd quarter. His career-high is 13 boards, in case you were wondering.

Lowry joined some elite company with his stat line, per Sportsnet:

Sportsnet Stats @SNstats

Kyle Lowry: First Raptor with at least 33 points, 14 rebounds & 6 assists since Vince Carter on Dec 7, 2001 #WeTheNorth https://t.co/cCwyAFDaY9

He ended up notching a career-high rebound total with 14 on a night when no one could touch him:

Chris Vernon @ChrisVernonShow

Kyle Lowry was best player in that game by a wide margin. Destroyed the Lakers.

Toronto was the last team to play in the NBA bubble, which has now seen three days' worth of regular-season games. But it was worth the wait for Raps fans as Lowry provided some incredible highlights, like this high-arcing three over forward Kyle Kuzma for a late dagger:

ESPN @espn

Kyle Terrell Lowry. That's it. That's the tweet. https://t.co/svvsgWEyjk

He was also able to blow by defensive star Davis for a bucket:

Toronto Raptors @Raptors

Float like a butterfly https://t.co/Voi9JDiEHm

Lowry drew plenty of attention on Saturday, allowing other teammates to break free, like OG Anunoby for this easy slam:

Toronto Raptors @Raptors

Education Reform 👀 Say Their Names 🗣️ https://t.co/gPlUU6nErr

Ultimately, the Raps began the restart about as well as possible, to the point where envisioning a rematch with these Lakers in the NBA Finals is a distinct possibility.


Lakers Lose a Rock Fight

The Lakers-Raps game resembled a 1990s-era playoff series between the New York Knicks and Miami Heat for much of Saturday, with tough defense, low scoring and physicality reigning over fluidity and any semblance of offensive rhythm.

L.A. went into the half up 44-41. To put those numbers in context, the Houston Rockets and Dallas Mavericks combined to score just one fewer point in a 42-all tie after one quarter Friday than the Lakers and Raps did in one half on Saturday.

The game opened up a bit in the second half, but it was the Raptors who ultimately found their groove while the Lakers took bad shots and could not find a way to get Davis going.

AD entered the evening as the team's leading scorer, but six Lakers shot as many times or more than he did on Saturday.

That's not going to cut it in the playoffs, although every team is certainly entitled to off games. It's important to remember the Lakers looked good in a tough 103-101 win over the Los Angeles Clippers just two days prior, getting it done on both ends in the clutch.

Still, the Raps' game was arguably the Lakers' ugliest outing, one in which the team floundered on offense for four quarters before the defense sprung leaks in the fourth thanks to Lowry's aggressive and successful performance.

The good news is that L.A. has six more seeding games left before the playoffs, so it's not as if it's heading into the postseason on a low note. The Lakers have plenty of time to get it together before the postseason begins in two weeks, although the slate isn't getting much easier with games against teams that have already clinched playoffs in their next five contests.


What's Next?

The 50-15 Lakers will face the Utah Jazz on Monday at 9 p.m. ET. The 47-18 Raptors will play the Miami Heat on Monday at 1:30 p.m.


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