Toronto Raptors hosted La Lakers at Amalie Arena this Tuesday for the match.
Firstly LA Lakers started strong and finished with a much-needed win of 110-101 over the Raptors.
In fact, the win ends the Laker’s 11-game losing streak against the Toronto Raptors since 2014.
the Lakers started things off strong and immediately went 6-for-9 from the field with three of those shots from beyond the arc.
Ultimately, the team ended up converting 45% of their triples while the Raptors converted only 15% of their triples.
Laker’s hot start continued as they ended their 1st quarter with a lead of 12 points.
However, the 1st quarter had a chaotic ending as one player from each team ejected.
Raptors’ OG Anunoby and Lakers’ Montrezl Harrell ejected in the first quarter.
With nearly two and half minutes left in the first quarter, Anunoby got a scoring opportunity after caught a lead pass.
Lakers point guard Dennis Schroder tried to stop Anunoby from scoring an easy two points.
So he made a hard foul on Anunboy that resulted in an awkward tangling between the two. Then Anunoby dropped Schroder to the ground in retaliation.
Subsequently, Harrell came to the defense of his teammate, Schroder, causing the chaos between two teams.
There was some jawing, pushing, and shoving hence the referees reviewed the post-play activity.
So, in the end, both Anunboy and Harrell got ejected before the 1st quarter ended.
Anunoby played 10 minutes in the game and made two points and three assists.
Meanwhile, Harrell’s night was just getting started, only playing two-plus minutes and yet to score.
Both team short-handed:
LA Lakers took the court without LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Andre Drummond.
While the Raptors were without Kyle Lowry and Fred VanVleet, Rodney Hood, Patrick McCaw, Paul Watson, and Jalen Harris
Then the Lakers and Raptors each lost one more player after the ejection in the late quarter.
Lakers lost Harrell and the Raptors lost Anunboy but losing Anunboy was a hard to blow to the Raptors. Toronto was already down six players due to injury or health and safety protocols.
So, Anunoby’s ejection left the Raptors with just eight eligible bodies for the remainder of the game.
As a result, the Lakers dominated the Raptors throughout the game. Even though the Raptors made a late return and played well, but we’re already far too behind to make a return.
Since the Lakers had a strong start and also they made a barrage of three-pointers giving them the lead of 34 points at one point.
With a barrage of the three-pointer, the Lakers made nine three-pointers in 1st quarter which is a season-high for the Lakers in a quarter.
The Lakers’ strong start, incredible offense, impressive defense including barrage three-pointers gave them the win.
Offensively, Talen Horton-Tucker led his team in points, dropping 17 points, and 6 assists.
Meanwhile, Marc Gasol stepped up for the Lakers with 13 points, 9 rebounds, and 4 blocks on the defensive end.
And rookie Devontae Cacok dropped 10 points, 8 rebounds, 1 block.
Seven Lakers’ players made points in double figures. Markieff Morris was among the seven Lakers in double-figures making 15 points, 9 rebounds.
Pascal Siakam led the scoreboard with 27 points for the Raptors and game-high in scoring.
He also added 7 rebounds and 2 assists. Similarly, Chris Boucher scored 19 points including 8 points and an assist.
With the win, the Lakers are at 32-19 while the Raptors stand at 20-31.
Now, the Lakers will face Miami Heat and the Raptors meet the Chicago Bulls on Friday.
Atlanta Hawks NBA record for 3s in the win over the New Orleans Pelicans.
Atlanta Hawks historic win over the New Orleans Pelicans 123-107 Tuesday night and gave them their 7th straight win.
Under the guidance of the new coach Nate McMillan, the Hawks are playing amazing and registering wins after wins.
Both the teams started strong, the Pelicans took the lead in the 1st quarter just by 4 points subsequently the Hawks returned strong with taking the lead in the 2nd quarter by 4 points too.
As a result, both the Hawks and the Pelicans tied at 61 at halftime. Similarly both the teams averaged over 30 points per quarter.
But suddenly Atlanta returned with a bang after the 1st half. They dropped 46 points in the third quarter with their strong shooting.
The Hawks shot 11-for-11 on 3-pointers in the third quarter and made an NBA record for the most threes made without a miss.
Cleveland Cavaliers had previously held a record at 9-9 for 3-pointers shooting.
Atlanta made 20 of 31 3 pointers in total for a season-high 64.5 percent on 3-pointers.
Atlanta’s Trae Young scored 30 points to contribute to the win over the Pelicans. Young was 10-for-21 from the field.
And he went 6-for-7 on 3-pointers, sparking a 3-point shooting barrage and added 12 assists.
It was Young’s 14th game with 30-plus points. Bogdan Bogdanovic dropped 21 points including 4 rebounds and 4 assists.
Meanwhile, the Pelicans’ Eric Bledsoe dropped 14 points and Lonzo Ball made 12 points and 11 assists double-double.
Similarly, Zion Williamson registered 34 points, five rebounds, two assists, and a steal in 35 minutes for the Pelicans. Williamson returned from a three-game absence.
Despite the loss with the Hawks, Zion tied Shaquille O’Neal’s 20 year-long records for 25 straight games scoring 20+ points.
Hawks will face Memphis Grizzlies, and Pelicans will face Brooklyn Nets this coming Wednesday.