Lakers Vs. Raptors: L.A. Escapes Toronto With Win

The Lakers are 25-6 all-time against the Raptors, including 12-4 in Toronto.

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Lakers Vs. Raptors Final Score: Kobe Bryant Game-Winner Saves L.A. From Embarrassing Loss

It wasn't pretty, and it was nearly disastrous, but the Los Angeles Lakers managed to hold on for a victory Sunday morning in Toronto, but a win is a win any way they can get it. Kobe Bryant scored 20 of his 27 points in the second half, including the game-winning jumper with 4.8 seconds remaining as the Lakers beat the Toronto Raptors 94-92 at Air Canada Centre in the final game of a six-game road trip.

Bryant scored nine points in the third quarter, and 11 points in the fourth quarter. Down by four points with a minute remaining, Kobe hit a three-pointer to cut the lead to one point, then stole the ball from Linus Kleiza and passed ahead to Metta World Peace to regain the lead. After a Jose Calderon jumper with 16.9 seconds left to give Toronto the lead, Bryant hit a 17-footer from the right baseline with 4.8 seconds left to give the Lakers a 93-92 lead.

On their ensuing possession, the Raptors were called for a five-second violation as Rasual Butler, who hadn't played all game, couldn't get the ball in on time. Toronto coach Dwane Casey was adamant on the sideline that he was calling timeout, but did not get the call.

Bryant made one of two free throws to widen the Lakers lead to two points, and DeMar DeRozan missed a three-pointer at the buzzer that would have given Toronto the win.

A hot first quarter, during which the Lakers shot 70% from the field, saw the Lakers build an 18-point lead. But the Raptors slowly chipped away and cut the lead to eight points by halftime and were within three points in the third quarter after the Lakers had a span of 5:36 without a field goal that carried over from the end of the second quarter into the third.

The Raptors cut the lead to one point at three different times in the fourth quarter before finally tying the game on a three-pointer from Jose Calderon with 3:13 remaining in the game. That was the start of a 7-0 run for Toronto, which took their first lead of the game on a slam dunk by Ed Davis at 2:49 remaining.

After making 14 of 20 shots in the first quarter, the Lakers made 21 of 61 field goals the rest of the way (34.4%).

Pau Gasol had 16 points, a season-high-tying 17 rebounds, and six assists for the Lakers, who improved their road record to 5-10 on the season. Andrew Bynum added 14 points, nine rebounds, and two blocked shots.

The Lakers have beaten the Raptors in four straight contests, including their last two trips to Toronto. The Lakers are 25-6 all-time against the Raptors, including 12-4 in Toronto.

Calderon led Toronto with a season-high 30 points and six assists. Kleiza scored 15 and Leandro Barbosa scored 12, both off the bench, for the Raptors, who shot 47.7% for the game and made six of 11 shots from three-point range.

The Lakers have had an extended road trip of five games or more to accommodate the Grammy Awards at Staples Center in 12 of the last 13 years, and their cumulative record on those road trips is 49-31 (.613). The Lakers will arrive back in Los Angeles Sunday night, and will next host the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday at Staples Center.

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Lakers Vs. Raptors Game Score: Pau Gasol Leads L.A. To 54-46 Halftime Lead

Pau Gasol scored 12 points, had six rebounds, and dished out four assists in the first half, leading the Los Angeles Lakers to a 54-46 halftime lead over the Toronto Raptors on Sunday morning at Air Canada Centre. The Lakers need a win Sunday to even their record on their six-game Grammy road trip at 3-3.

The Lakers led by as many as 18 points in the first half and led by 15 with 4:07 remaining in the second quarter, but Toronto ended the half on an 11-4 run to close the gap.

The Lakers were on fire in the first quarter, making 14 of 20 shots from the field (70%) and led 34-19 after 12 minutes, their highest-scoring quarter of the season. The Lakers led 29-11 at one point. Gasol made three of his four shots and had eight points, five rebounds, and four assists in the first quarter alone. Andrew Bynum had eight points and three rebounds in the opening quarter.

Kobe Bryant added seven points in the first half for the Lakers, who shot 56.8% (21 for 37) in the first half. The Lakers got 17 points from the bench in the opening half, with Troy Murphy leading the reserves with six points on a pair of three-pointers.

Jose Calderon scored 13 points to lead the Raptors, who shot 46.3% (19 for 41) in the first half.

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Grammy Awards Road Trip Ends Sunday For Lakers...Finally

The Los Angeles Lakers end their annual Grammy road trip on Sunday morning against the Toronto Raptors at Air Canada Centre. The Lakers are 2-3 so far on the trip and need a win to avoid a losing record on the trip, something that has happened just three times in 12 Grammy trips.

The Lakers have had a long road trip in late January and/or early February in 12 of the last 13 years, as the Staples Center has hosted the Grammy's every year but 2003, when the event was held at Madison Square Garden in New York. Here are the Lakers' records on their Grammy road trips each year:

  • 2012: 2-3, with one game pending
  • 2011: 4-3
  • 2010: 5-3
  • 2009: 6-0
  • 2008: 7-2
  • 2007: 3-5
  • 2006: 2-5
  • 2005: 1-4
  • 2004: 4-3
  • 2002: 4-1
  • 2001: 4-2
  • 2000: 6-0

The Lakers have won at least 50 games in 10 of the last 13 seasons, with the only three years they failed to do so from 2005-2007, when the Lakers finished with losing records on their Grammy road trip each year.

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NBA Standings 2012: Lakers Falling Behind In The Pacific Division

The Los Angeles Lakers conclude their Grammy road trip on Sunday morning in Toronto, and look to return home to start banking wins as they are falling behind the race in the Pacific Division. The Lakers lost two of their three games this week and have fallen three games behind their crosstown rivals, the Los Angeles Clippers. Here are the updated NBA standings in the Pacific Division:

NBA Pacific Division Standings
Team Record Pct GB Last Week Next Week
LA Clippers
17-8 .680 --- 3-1 at Dal, Was, at Por, SA
LA Lakers 15-12 .556 3 1-2 at Tor, Atl, Pho, at Pho
Phoenix 12-15 .444 6 3-1 at GS, at Den, Atl, at LAL, LAL
Golden State 9-14 .391 7 1-2 Hou, Pho, Por, at OKC, at Mem
Sacramento 10-17 .370 8 2-2 at Chi, at NY, at Det, at Cle
Through games of February 11

The Lakers are currently in seventh place in the Western Conference. The Pacific Division teams had 16 games against teams outside the division last week, and won nine of them, including an 8-4 road record during the week.

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Lakers Vs. Raptors Game Time, TV Info And More

Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers head north of the border Sunday morning to face the Toronto Raptors in the final game of their six-game road trip at Air Canada Centre in Toronto. Here are the relevant details of Sunday's contest.

Records: Lakers (15-12); Toronto (9-19)

Location: Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario

Time: 10 a.m. PST

TV: KCAL, with Bill Macdonald and Stu Lantz on the call.

Offensive Efficiency: Lakers, 103.0 points per 100 possessions (14th in NBA); Raptors, 97.3 (28th)

Defensive Efficiency: Lakers, 101.0 (11th); Raptors, 103.6 (18th)

Home vs. Road: The Lakers are just 4-10 on the road this season, including 2-3 on their current road trip; the Raptors are 4-7 at Air Canada Centre and have played the fourth-fewest home games in the NBA.

Working Overtime: The Lakers' 88-87 win Thursday night in Boston was their second win in overtime this season, and their sixth consecutive win in overtime contests. Since the beginning of the 2007-2008 season, the Lakers are 16-2 in games that involve extra time.

Iron Man: Derek Fisher played in his 522nd consecutive game on Friday in New York, the longest active streak in the NBA, one that dates back to April 15, 2005. Friday was also the 400th consecutive start for Fisher, also the longest active streak in the league.

Stepping Up: Former USC Trojans guard DeMar DeRozan struggled to begin his third NBA season but in February he has been playing well, averaging 17.5 points per game with a true shooting percentage of 53.4% in six games this month. DeRozan has led the Raptors in scoring in each of the last two games, and his current streak of 110 straight starts is the third longest in Toronto history.

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Lakers Vs. Raptors: Kobe Bryant Faces Toronto

The Lakers are 24-6 all-time against the Raptors, including 11-4 in Toronto.

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