The Lakers got off to a very slow start, but picked things up starting in the second quarter and completed a comeback near the end of the game, as Mike D’Antoni’s team won a 112-106 affair at the Air Canada Centre.
The Lakers were without their star Kobe Bryant – who is still recovering and has no clear timetable to return to the hardwood – and they also had Steve Blake, Jordan Farmar and Xavier Henry sidelined for different injuries. Chris Kaman was once again left out of the rotation, so the Lakers only used nine players, however, that was enough to overcome Toronto’s quick offense.
The Lakers were out-muscled in the paint and lost the rebound battle, but they were quite sharp from beyond the arc, making 12 of their 33 three-point attempts. Nick Young once again led the offense coming from the bench with 29 points, Pau Gasol added 22 with nine rebounds and Kendall Marshall keeps showing he is capable to start as he finished the contest with 10 points and 11 assists.
The Lakers clearly have a ton of work left to do, but at least they are winning and that’s saying something based on how much they have struggled this year. They are clearly not done fighting and if today’s performance showed something, it is that the Lakers can still outscore any team when their offense catches fire.