Raptors' Kawhi Leonard sits vs. Lakers with foot soreness

The Raptors look to start their road trip right in the valley of the sun

The Raptors have also garnered attention on the National Basketball Association championship odds during their hot start, moving past the Lakers and Houston Rockets to trail only the Golden State Warriors and Boston Celtics as a +900 wager on those National Basketball Association futures. If there was a mercy rule in basketball the Lakers would have exercised it in the first.

Entering Sunday, the Lakers had never been outscored by more than 24 points in a first quarter in the shot-clock era (since 1954-55), according to data compiled by ESPN Stats & Information. "It's very very hard to make a game out of it when you start like that and expend so much energy trying to get back into it".

"I was proud of our guys for continuing to fight, not that it matters", Walton said.

"They're playing like they're the best team in the Eastern Conference so far".

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

"He did a little bit of both". They did so without their top player, Kawhi Leonard, who sat out the game due to left ankle soreness.

Ibaka's 20 points were a career high for points in any quarter, eclipsing his previous mark of 15.

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James said that the team will use the loss as a learning experience.

"For me and what I've experienced in this league, I've tried to stay even-keeled", James said.

Ahead of tonight's contest, the fourth-year man had averaged 5.5 points per game and 2.2 rebounds over 16.3 minutes this season. "You don't look too much into it".

The Raptors pushed their lead to as many as 31 points in the first half, eliciting boos from the Staples Center crowd.

The Lakers would squander that big lead but somehow managed to overcome their late mistakes and hold on for the win thanks to James' free-throw shooting and some clutch baskets by JaVale McGee.

In the locker room, Bron told reporters it felt like the team got "hit in the mouth" and they didn't have a response.

"There are a lot of things we could have done better", James said.

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