After beating the best team in the Eastern Conference on Tuesday, the Los Angeles Lakers tried their luck against the No. 2 seed Toronto Raptors, but couldn’t get it done as they fell 123-111, ending their winning streak at four games.
Not only were the Lakers struggling to hit shots (8-of-26 from behind the arc), but they were playing sloppy defense as well, particularly in the third quarter where they gave the Raptors four and-1 opportunities in three minutes.
DeMar DeRozan was the beneficiary of many of the calls against the Lakers in the third quarter, and as a career 82.7 percent free throw shooter, he made them pay. DeRozan ended the game with 19 points after starting the game 3-of-13 from the field.
For the Lakers, Julius Randle was the lone bright spot. Randle had a double-double at halftime, along with four assists. Randle would end the game with a team-high 17 points, 10 rebounds and five assists.
Since returning to the starting lineup, Randle has shown he’s a starting-caliber forward. With the trade deadline just around the corner, it’s going to be interesting to see what the Lakers decide to do with him.
The Lakers will two days off before continuing their road trip in Orlando, where they should have no problem getting a win. The Magic are the worst team in the NBA.