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Kyle Lowry, Raptors took off the bubble wrap to compete vs. Lakers


First sport within the NBA bubble. Playoff berth clinched long ago. Neither truth mattered to Kyle Lowry and the Raptors on Saturday.

Ease into the postseason like their tutor needs? Nope. They knew who was once on the opposite finish of the floor. They knew they could not go 1/2-pace.

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And so the defending league champs exerted themselves against the top workforce in the West, the Lakers. Toronto left with a 107-ninety two win after outscoring LA 24-9 in the ultimate six minutes.

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Kyle Lowry, Raptors took off the bubble wrap to compete vs. Lakers

''(Raptors tutor) Nick (Nurse) says he'll kind of ease us again in and use it as an exhibition,'' Lowry told reporters, per The related Press, after Toronto's eleventh win in a row over the Lakers. "we've got too many aggressive guys that want to go out there and play and hoop and win video games, especially against the fellows just like the Lakers and with the group that's No. 1 in the West. The aggressive juices get going.''

Lowry competed to the tune of 33 factors, 14 boards and 6 assists in 35 minutes. His six factors in a 30-2d span (a three and three free throws on a three-shot foul) helped to shut out the win. 

The Raptors got additional help from la, which shot 35.four percent from the sphere and 10 for forty from three in its second sport in three nights. LeBron James still made sure to claim good issues about them. 

"that's a great staff," he informed newshounds, per the los angeles instances (subscription required). "No ifs, ands or buts. especially neatly coached and championship DNA, that you would be able to by no means take that faraway from a ballclub should you win a championship. And even prior to that, they simply received playoff-tested guys."

Guys like Lowry, Serge Ibaka, Pascal Siakam, Fred VanVleet and Marc Gasol, the rest core of last year's Finals-profitable squad. Kawhi Leonard is now with the Clippers and Danny green is now a Laker, however that doesn't appear to subject to James. 

"The media may not talk about them a lot or provide them a lot credit as a result of Kawhi is gone, however avid gamers in the league definitely be aware of what type of team they're," he stated.

The Raptors (47-18) have clinched at least a top-4 seed, however surely they'd prefer to enter the playoffs as No. 2 in the East and lengthen a potential matchup with the highest-seeded Bucks until the convention finals. If they are able to reach that intention of their three video games this week, then possibly Lowry and his teammates can equipment down — even for his or her meeting with those Bucks in eight days.