Kyle Lowry Shows Lakers What they Missed Out on, Leads Raptors to Win
Imagine not acquiring Kyle Lowry because you were hesitant about moving Talen Horton-Tucker?
Yeah, that may have been a mistake.
While the Toronto Raptors have their eyes set on the future, the Los Angeles Lakers are focused on repeating as NBA champions this season. On Sunday night, the “disconnected” Lakers had no answer for the guy they nearly acquired on Trade Deadline day as Lowry led the Raptors to a 121-114 victory.
“There was no extra motivation,” said Lowry who scored 37 points and dished out 11 assists in the victory. “I just wanted to help the team win tonight. No extra motivation for nothing. I said at halftime ‘no matter what happens in the rest of this game, let’s have fun’, right. I think that’s one thing that we can always kind of, you know, rally around each other is having fun. This game is a game of joy and fun and when you’re having fun, things like that happen. We just went out there and we literally just had fun tonight and, you know … and that was big.”
Pascal Siakam paced Lowry with a stellar game of his own.
The one-time All-Star added 39 points and 13 rebounds in a game in which the Lakers had very little answers for the Raptors start duo. With a number of regulars, including Fred VanVleet and OG Anunoby out of the lineup, the Raptors were eager to get a statement win right from the start.
“Those guys played great, those two guys,” said Raptors head coach Nick Nurse. “They were awesome, electrifying, I thought.”
The odds of a playoff appearance remains slim, but the Raptors look ready to grind until the very end. They will take on the Los Angeles Clipper on Tuesday night.