Struggling Jazz tasked with slowing high-scoring Raptors

Tory Lanez

Coming from the Cleveland Cavaliers, LeBron had to put not only the young guys but the veterans on his back in order for the team to win the Eastern Conference.

The Raptors will enjoy a day off Tuesday in the California capital of Sacramento before taking on the Kings on Wednesday night in the fourth and final game of this west coast road swing.

LeBron James scored 28 points as the Los Angeles Lakers snapped a 16-game losing streak to the Portland Trail Blazers by holding on for a 114-110 win on Saturday night.

Ankle woes all around: Both Toronto's Kawhi Leonard and Utah's Donovan Mitchell, who lead their teams with 26.1 and 22.4 points per game, respectively, were both sidelined with ankle injuries. They did so without their top player, Kawhi Leonard, who sat out the game due to left ankle soreness.

The Jazz haven't started 0-4 at home since their inaugural season in New Orleans in 1974-75.

Before acquiring Leonard from the Spurs over the summer, the Raptors swept the season series from the Kings past year. After a solid rookie campaign, Anunoby is averaging 7.8 points while shooting 45 percent from the floor and 33 percent from beyond the arc in 24 minutes per game this season.

"We have to compete and we have to compete collectively", Jazz coach Quin Snyder said on Friday after a 110-100 loss to Memphis. "When you get into a comfort zone early like that, shots are going to fall". "Everybody has got to do their job and compete".

November 2 marked the 28th anniversary of the first game ever played outside North America by two teams from a major sports league, as the Jazz took on the Phoenix Suns in Tokyo, Japan.




Walton said he warned the Lakers that overlooking the Raptors sans Leonard would be unsafe.

But, as the Raptors soar above the clouds with an eye towards a destination in June it's important for them not to get slowed down by would-be challengers hoping to knock one of the NBA's elite off course momentarily.

He has provided a spark with his play on both ends of the court.

"It shifts us around a little bit", Nurse said.

Toronto managed to overcome his absence against the Lakers on Monday night.

The Raptors jumped out to a commanding 42-17 lead at the end of the first quarter and put the National Basketball Association world's head on a swivel.

It didn't matter. The Raptors (9-1) came out hot and led the Lakers by 31 at one point in the first quarter.

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