Tomas Karageorgos | Report

Serge Ibaka scored a career-high 34 points on Sunday night as the Toronto Raptors defeated the Los Angeles Lakers by a score of 121-107.

Kawhi Leonard sat this game out as a precaution because of left foot soreness he suffered during their game in Phoenix on Friday. Kawhi will most likely play on Tuesday night against the Utah Jazz.

Toronto gave themselves a commanding lead after the first quarter, as it ended 42-17. Serge Ibaka scored 20 in the quarter, and went a perfect 8 of 8 from the field. Ibaka finished 15-17, but was 14-14 at one point, he was the first player since Shaquille O’Neal to do that back in February 2006.

The first half ended 71-49 in favour of the Raptors. The Lakers tried to come back in the second half as they outscored Toronto in both quarters, but it wasn’t enough. Kyle Kuzma led Lakers scorers with 24 points, LeBron James had 18, Brandon Ingram had 16, and Lonzo Ball had 12.

Pascal Siakam grabbed 13 rebounds to go along with his 16 points, and Kyle Lowry notched another double-double by scoring 21 points and dishing 15 assists. Lowry and Siakam have formed a good partnership throughout the early season, and signs are showing that it will continue down the stretch.

Ibaka has taken a more commanding role since joining the Raptors, as him and Jonas Valanciunas take turns starting at centre most games, unless Nick Nurse plays Ibaka at power forward and Valanciunas at centre. Coach Nurse has experimented with different lineups so far and will continue to do so.

The Toronto Raptors have had their best start through 10 games in franchise history, going 9-1. They will try to go for 10 wins on the season as they finish their back to back on Monday night in Utah against the Jazz at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Tip-off is set for 9 p.m.

Featured image from 1310 News.

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