Siakam scores 25 points, Raptors rout short-handed Lakers

Dec 7, 2022, 5:59 AM | Updated: 8:06 pm

Toronto Raptors forward O.G. Anunoby hangs from the rim as he watches his shot bounce off the rim d...

Toronto Raptors forward O.G. Anunoby hangs from the rim as he watches his shot bounce off the rim during first half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers in Toronto on Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2022. (Chris Young/The Canadian Press via AP)

(Chris Young/The Canadian Press via AP)

TORONTO (AP) — Pascal Siakam had 25 points and 10 rebounds and the Toronto Raptors routed Los Angeles 126-113 on Wednesday night, beating a short-handed Lakers team playing without LeBron James and Anthony Davis.

James sat out because of a sore left ankle, one night after he played 36 minutes in a 116-102 loss at Cleveland. Davis left after one quarter Tuesday night because of a non-COVID illness.

Some in the sellout crowd of 19,800 booed when the names of the injured players were displayed on the video board before the game.

Guard Patrick Beverley (right knee) and forward Wenyen Gabriel (left shoulder) also were out for the Lakers, who came in having won six of eight.

“I still think the team spirit is pretty high,” center Thomas Bryant said after Los Angeles lost its second straight. “We still have a really good collective unit.”

Lakers forward Juan Toscano-Anderson had to be helped off the court early in the fourth quarter after spraining his right ankle. Coach Darvin Ham said Toscana-Anderson will be reevaluated following an MRI Thursday.

“It just sucks to see him get hurt,” Ham said. “I thought he was good tonight.”

Fred VanVleet scored 25 points and O.G. Anunoby had 23 as Toronto led from wire-to-wire, improving to 10-3 at home. Gary Trent Jr. scored 18 points, Chris Boucher had 16 and Scottie Barnes scored 13 points and matched his career high with 17 rebounds.

“We did what we were supposed to do tonight, very professional, locked in from the jump ball and really just didn’t give them any chance to get going,” VanVleet said.

Dennis Schroder led the Lakers with 18 points, while Russell Westbrook and Bryant each had 16. Kendrick Nunn scored 15 points and Lonnie Walker IV had 12.

Ham said he challenged his team at halftime to play better in the second half and was pleased with their response.

“As disappointed as I am in losing the game – you know, you never like to lose – I’m not upset, I’m not distraught,” Ham said. “We pulled it together and we competed like we should have done from the start.”

Toronto scored the first 11 points and led 39-31 after one.

The Lakers went more than five minutes without scoring in the second as Toronto used a 16-0 run to widen its advantage.

“The second quarter was our worst quarter defensively,” Westbrook said.

The Raptors led 70-47 at the half, and took a 97-75 lead into the fourth.


Lakers: Westbrook led Los Angeles with nine rebounds. … James missed five games in November because of a strained left adductor. He also sat out a Nov. 7 loss at Utah because of a sore left foot.

Raptors: F Juancho Hernangomez (sprained right ankle) missed his second straight game and is expected to be out another seven to 10 days, coach Nick Nurse said. … Former Raptors stars Morris Peterson and Charles Oakley attended the game.


Siakam had seven assists, the fifth time this season he’s had at least 20 points, 10 rebounds and five assists. Only Luka Doncic (eight), Nikola Jokic and Giannis Antetokounmpo (seven) and Joel Embiid (six) have done it more often.


Lakers: At Philadelphia on Friday night.

Raptors: At Orlando on Friday night.


AP NBA: https://apnews.com/hub/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports

Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.


Associated Press

Ex-Packer Guion gets 1 year for domestic violence assault

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Former Green Bay Packers defensive tackle Letroy Guion was sentenced to one year in jail after pleading no contest in a domestic violence assault at his home last fall. Brown County Circuit Court Judge Thomas Walsh also ordered Guion on Tuesday to serve three years’ probation and complete a domestic […]

1 year ago

Joe Jarzynka...

Associated Press

Durant eager for Suns debut vs. Hornets after knee injury

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Kevin Durant has been through quite a bit during his 15-year NBA career — but joining a new team midway through the season is a new one for the 13-time All-Star. The 34-year-old Durant doesn’t seem all that worried. Durant makes his highly anticipated Phoenix Suns debut on Wednesday night against […]

1 year ago

FILE - Miami Dolphins head coach Brian Flores stands on the sideline during the second half of an N...

Associated Press

Judge: NFL coach can press discrimination claims in court

NEW YORK (AP) — NFL Coach Brian Flores can pursue some of his discrimination claims against the league and its teams in court rather than through arbitration, a judge ruled Wednesday. The written decision by Judge Valerie Caproni in Manhattan was issued months after lawyers for the league tried to get the lawsuit moved to […]

1 year ago

Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Alex Stalock cools off in the first period during an NHL hockey game ...

Associated Press

Kane trade reinforces hard reality of Blackhawks rebuild

CHICAGO (AP) — After days of speculation, the harsh reality of the Chicago Blackhawks’ situation was reinforced by one move in a flurry of transactions ahead of the NHL trade deadline. Showtime is over, at least in Chicago, and a seemingly bright future is, well, way off in the distance. The reverberations of Chicago’s decision […]

1 year ago

FILE -  Yves Jean-Bart, president of the Haitian Football Federation, wearing a protective face mas...

Associated Press

Disgraced ex-Haitian soccer president announces he’s back

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Haiti’s former soccer federation president whose lifetime ban from sport over sexual abuse allegations was overturned last month announced Wednesday that he is reclaiming his position. Yves Jean-Bart’s defiant announcement could lead to a standoff with FIFA, which already has appointed an emergency management committee to lead the Haitian Football Association […]

1 year ago

FILE - Green Bay Packers' Aaron Rodgers walks off the field after an NFL football game against the ...

Associated Press

Rodgers says decision on future will come ‘soon enough’

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Aaron Rodgers says he will make a decision on his future “soon enough” as the four-time MVP quarterback ponders whether to play next season and if his future remains with the Green Bay Packers. Rodgers, 39, discussed his future while speaking on an episode of the “Aubrey Marcus Podcast” that […]

1 year ago

Siakam scores 25 points, Raptors rout short-handed Lakers