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Lakers Vs. Raptors: Lakers Off To A Great Start

The Los Angeles Lakers are off to a great start this season, and look to remain undefeated tonight as they host the Toronto Raptors at Staples Center. The Lakers have been impeccable offensively, ranking at or near the top of the league in several categories:

  • Points Scored Per Game: 113.8 (1st)
  • Offensive Rating: 117.0 points per 100 possessions (1st)
  • Three Pointers Made: 52 (1st)
  • Three Point Percentage: 46.8% (1st)
  • Total Rebounds Per Game: 49.4 (1st)
  • Fewest Turnovers Per Game: 13.6 (4th)

Throw in a defense in the upper third to upper half of the league, and that's why the Lakers are 5-0. The club is undefeated through five games for the seventh time in franchise history:

Lakers Unbeaten Starts
Year Record
1997-98 11-0
1987-88 8-0
2001-02 7-0
2008-09 7-0
1980-81 5-0
2003-04 5-0
2010-11 5-0

The Lakers have beaten Toronto eight straight times at Staples Center, with their last loss coming December 28, 2001.

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