It took almost two minutes of playing time for the Toronto Raptors to score on Friday night, but their first bucket began an avalanche that buried the shorthanded Lakers.
Toronto (13-6) won its fifth consecutive game, a 113-80 defeat of the Lakers (10-11).
The Raptors made 75% of their second-quarter shots, and 60.9% of their first-half shots. Point guard Kyle Lowry made five of his six three-pointers in the first half, and had 18 points by halftime. Raptors shooting guard DeMar DeRozan added 16 points, as did UCLA product Norman Powell, who started in place of the resting DeMarre Carroll.
And while everything seemed to be going well for the Raptors during...