Toronto Raptors: 3 takeaways from impressive 107-92 win over Lakers

Fred VanVleet #23 and OG Anunoby #3 of the Toronto Raptors. (Photo by Ashley Landis - Pool/Getty Images)
Fred VanVleet #23 and OG Anunoby #3 of the Toronto Raptors. (Photo by Ashley Landis - Pool/Getty Images) /
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Head coach Nick Nurse of the Toronto Raptors speaks with Fred VanVleet. (Photo by Ashley Landis – Pool/Getty Images) /

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Historically, the Lakes have the advantage over the Raptors, with an all-time record of 28-19. However, Toronto has the edge of late, having won 11 straight and not losing to Los Angeles since Nov. 30, 2014.

The Raptors stormed out to a 13-0 lead to start the game in the first quarter. And with the game tied in the fourth at 83-83, Toronto used a 10-0 run to retake control of the game.

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It is significant that the Raptors could score such an impressive win despite a relatively quiet night from Pascal Siakam with 15 points (although he did also have nine boards and three dimes). This can only help the team if opponents start to focus more on other players, which would set the stage for Siakam to dominate again.

In this respect, the Raptors’ depth and efficiency was on display against the Raptors. OG Anunoby had 23 points on just nine shots, while Fred VanVleet led all players with 11 assists.

The Raptors now have a record of 47-18. Combined with the Boston Celtics losing, they hold a four-game lead for the second seed in the Eastern Conference, with seven games remaining.

Next up for the Raptors are the Miami Heat, on Monday. While Toronto is realistically out of sight, Miami can still catch Boston for the third seed in the East.

Quote of the night:

"“He was vintage Kyle tonight. He was scoring and flying around and taking charges and competing and getting us some critical baskets. He was great."

Nurse speaking about Lowry’s performance, as per ESPN.

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What was your main takeaway from the Toronto Raptors’ win over the Lakers? Do you believe this strengthens the Raptors’ legitimacy as championship contenders, or do you need to see more from them? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.