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The Toronto Raptors had no choice but to win at home against the injury decimated Los Angeles Lakers, and they lived up to expectations with a 126-0 victory. 113, Wednesday at Scotiabank Arena.
Indeed, the Lakers were forced to send their B team into the fray for this duel. LeBron James has been sidelined with an ankle injury, as has Anthony Davis, who has been plagued by a virus unrelated to COVID-19. Eventually, the enigmatic Patrick Beverley also had to skip his turn to heal his right knee. by dominating the first half 70 to 47.
Often criticized for their lackluster performance since the start of the season, the Raptors' offensive leaders answered the call.
Pascal Siakam and Fred VanVleet led the charge with 25 points each and seven assists. Siakam earned the double-double with 10 rebounds, as did young Scottie Barnes (13 points, 17 rebounds).
O.G. Anunoby also caused headaches for the Californian team. After a tough game against the Boston Celtics, he had 23 points and six rebounds.
Limited to eight points or less in his last five games, Quebecer Chris Boucher has rebounded by completing seven of his 11 shots. He thus added 16 points to the board in 25 minutes of use.
In a losing cause, the German Dennis Schröder was the most productive player of the Lakers, with 18 points.
Nick Nurse's men are eighth in the NBA East with a 12-12 record. They'll look to move up the standings on Friday in Orlando, when they face the conference's worst team, the Magic.
Mathurin and the frustrated Pacers
< p>In Minneapolis, the Indiana Pacers were unable to recover from a rocky start to the game, and the Minnesota Timberwolves triumphed 121-115.
Quebec's Bennedict Mathurin had a fourth consecutive game below 15 points. He had 14, hitting the target on just five of his 16 shots.
Teammates Buddy Hield and Tyrese Haliburton both had 26 points in the loss. D'Angelo Russel led the “T-Wolves” with 28 points.