National Basketball Association wrap: Lakers' issues continue with blowout loss at home to Raptors

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It didn't matter. The Raptors (9-1) came out hot and led the Lakers 42-17 after one quarter and 71-49 at the half. "They came out and just hit us right in the mouth", James told reporters.

Once their starters had seized command, the Raptors worked some of their reserve players into the contest.

There was no word on whether Leonard would potentially be available for Monday night's game in Utah against the Jazz.

With the Lakers getting into Los Angeles early Sunday morning, they were ripe for a tough game against the East's best team.

It's impressive. The Suns and Booker really want him to be an All-Star guard this season, and if he were in the East I'd say "done deal", but in the West - Stephen Curry, James Harden, Russell Westbrook, Chris Paul, Damian Lillard, Klay Thompson, Jimmy Butler, Donovan Mitchell - it's tough to crack the club. "When you come in for practices and you're going for film sessions, you get better then".

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

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"There are some things we are breaking down that is consistent across games", he said.

James finished with just 18 points.

On the back of 24 points from Kyle Kuzma, the Lakers narrowed Toronto's advantage after the nightmare start. The Jazz outscored the Raptors 39-30 in the fourth quarter (which included nine points by rookie Grayson Allen) but the game was all but over by that point.

Giannis Antetokounmpo had 26 points, 15 rebounds and 11 assists in a win over the Kings.

The Lakers have the 23rd ranked defense in the league, allowing 111.6 points per 100 possessions, but when you combine that with their fast pace (106.2 possessions per game, third in the league, via NBA.com) you end up in a situation where the Lakers have given up at least 110 points in every game.

The 76ers committed 28 turnovers and are now 0-5 away from home this season.

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