Published: Thu, November 14, 2019
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Anthony Davis of Los Angeles Lakers continues to play through injury

Anthony Davis of Los Angeles Lakers continues to play through injury

Davis was not removed from the game due to injury on Sunday and logged 38 minutes in defeat.

The Lakers (7-2) are tied with the Denver Nuggets for first in the Western Conference after rattling off seven wins between the opening night loss to the Los Angeles Clippers and Sunday's loss to the defending National Basketball Association champions. Toronto prevailed despite playing without guard Kyle Lowry, who sustained a fracture in his left thumb, and forward Serge Ibaka, who suffered a severe right ankle sprain in the team's win in New Orleans on Friday night. Norman Powell, Chris Boucher, Terence Davis and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson scored in double digits.

Davis, an early MVP candidate, is averaging a double-double of 26.6 points and 10.2 rebounds in 35 minutes per game.

Consecutive 3-pointers by Kuzma and two free throws by James pulled the Lakers within 104-100 with 2:26 remaining.

"They're the best, fastest team in the league... fastbreak points per game, we knew that coming in".

Toronto led 104-92 with 3:50 to play on Davis' third 3-pointer, but Kyle Kuzma hit back-to-back 3-pointers while LA scored eight straight points. They also have the best defensive rating in the National Basketball Association at 98.5.

Davis and James both had big games, but the Lakers' supporting cast wasn't helpful and their team defense didn't look almost as sharp as it had been in recent games. "Transition defense, that's kind of hurt us all season".

Danny Green failed to score in 27 minutes against the Raptors, whom he helped win an National Basketball Association title last season. The sharpshooting veteran won a ring with the Raptors a year ago while shooting a career-high 45.5% on 3-pointers during his sole season in Toronto. That was evident down the stretch and showed that despite the Lakers' excellent start to the season so far, they still have plenty of room to improve. Lakers guard Troy Daniels provided a spark off the bench by converting 3 of 4 3-pointers and scoring 11 of his 13 points in second quarter.

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