LOS ANGELES—The Los Angeles Lakers lost their third straight game, falling to the Toronto Raptors 123-114 on Sunday, January 1.
Kyle Lowry scored a game-high 41 points, nine rebounds and seven assists for the Raptors, who have won 7 of their last 10 games. Los Angeles native DeMar DeRozan contributed 31 points, three rebounds and three assists. Jonas Valanciunas had a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds.
“That’s a good team,” said Lakers head coach Luke Walton of the Raptors after the game. “They have some All-Star Olympians that really carried the load for them.”
D’Angelo Russell led the Lakers with 28 points, four rebounds and five assists. Nick Young scored 26 points and made a game-high seven 3-pointers. Julius Randle added 15 points, nine rebounds and six assists. Thomas Robinson had 11 points and nine rebounds off the bench.
The Raptors are 23-10 overall and second place in the Eastern Conference. Toronto will continue a six game road-trip with a matchup against the San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday, January 3.
Los Angeles has lost 8 of their last 10 games, falling to 12-25 and 12th place in the Western Conference. The Lakers will host the Memphis Grizzlies on Tuesday, January 3.