Sluggish Lakers put on a dismal display in loss to Raptors

The Raptors look to start their road trip right in the valley of the sun

The Lakers suffered a 121-107 home loss, despite their opponents being without injured star man Kawhi Leonard.

Sloppy play once again came back to hurt the Lakers as they committed seven turnovers in the fourth quarter and finished with 20 overall, but somehow managed to hang on.

Ibaka drained his first 14 shots of the game as Toronto embarrassed the Lakers by grabbing a shocking 31-point lead in the first half en route to their ninth win of the National Basketball Association season.

In the locker room, Bron told reporters it felt like the team got "hit in the mouth" and they didn't have a response. "It was good for us to come into one of the most hostile buildings in the Western Conference and win".

With their win over the Jazz, the Raptors improved 10-1 on the season, which is the best record in the Eastern Conference and tops in the National Basketball Association overall.

With that said, Utah will also be without its best offensive player in this spot, with Donovan Mitchell absent with an ankle sprain. "The first quarter we just came out sluggish and looked like [we were on] a back-to-back, like we got in late".

For James, playing in the Lakers' Sunday whites for the first time, it was a reminder of a dark day in his final season with the Miami Heat when his team also was outscored by 25, 43-18, in the first quarter on January 15, 2014. "But you never let the outside noise get to you - and if you do that, that can cause problems". And they put it on us.

"For me and what I've experienced in this league, I've tried to stay even keeled", James said. "You don't look too much into it". And they got into a comfort zone.

Winners of just 27 games last season, the Kings are off to a respectable 6-4 SU start, powered by a recent five-game win streak.

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