Inactives for Tonight’s Game:
Raptors: Jorge Garbajosa, Chris Bosh, Darrick Martin
Lakers: Andrew Bynum, Chris Mihm
10:02 Lamar Odom finally gets the Lakers on the board with a three pointer after two minutes of scoreless basketball and consecutive misses from outside from Derek Fisher. The Raptors had jumped out to an early 4-0 lead.
8:27 Kobe’s hot early, nailing his first two shots of the game–both from beyond the arc–for six early points. Lamar’s been equally aggressive so far, going coast-to-coast with the ball for a layup off glass and one on the ensuing Lakers possession. L.A. leads 11-6.
7:00 It’s probably way too early to start evoking memories of Kobe’s unforgettable 81-point performance, but after his third straight three-pointer, it looks like he is on his way to a big night. Toronto’s stuck with the Lakers so far though, trailing by only three points at 14-11.
3:17 Fisher nails an outside jumper after a string of misses for the Lakers, giving him his first basket of the night after missing his first three field goal attempts. The Lakers lead 18-17 in a surprisingly competitive game so far.
2:50 Sasha Vujacic and Jordan Farmar enter the game following the timeout.
1:10 After misses from outside by Sasha and Jordan, Kobe hits a jumper from about 20 feet out, bringing the Lakers to within two of Toronto at 20-22. Bryant has 11 points on the night, the leading scorer for both teams.
11:18 Ronny shows nice touch from outside, hitting a clean eighteen footer for his first points on the night. Turiaf did not score in 12 minutes of play in the Lakers’ close loss to the Kings on Sunday night.
10:18 Jackson is apparently trying to shake things up, inserting Coby Karl into the game much earlier than he or anyone else in the arena expected. Luke Walton joins him on the floor with the Lakers trailing 24-27.
7:28 Turiaf makes another jumper from outside for his third basket–on his third attempt–of the night, bringing the Lakers within wo of the Raptors at 32-34. It seems like the two teams have been trading baskets for the past few minutes, with L.A. failing to stop the Raptors on consecutive possessions, despite picking it up on their end.
7:14 Kobe was just called for a flagrant foul, bringing him within two technicals of receiving a league-mandated suspension. On the following Lakers possession, Kobe slammed it home with authority after a nice pass from Ronny. Bryant leads the Lakers in scoring with 15.
5:51 Turiaf and the rest of the STAPLES Center crowd go nuts as Coby Karl drills a three-pointer after using Kobe as a decoy on the right side of the floor. The makes puts the Lakers up 40-35, with L.A. finally showing signs that they aren’t taking the Bosh-less Raptors too lightly.
3:15 Odom returns to the floor, replacing Karl who goes out to a nice applause.
2:53 Suddenly, DFish has caught fire for the Lakers, hitting his third shot in a row and first three pointer. Derek has seven points on the night, tying Lamar for second best on the team.
HALFTIME: After weathering a spirited Raptors performance for the first quarter and a half, the Lakers finally regained control of the game in the final six minutes of the second quarter as they lead Toronto 58-52 at halftime. Kobe shot well early for L.A., making seven of 10 shots for a game-leading 19 points. Lamar Odom is also having a solid night for L.A., notching seven points to go along with seven rebounds. As a team, the Lakers shot well from the field, making 24 of 42 field goal attempts compared to only 19 of 45 for Toronto. However, the Raptors’ guards–Parker and Ford–are killing the Lakers so far, each scoring 10 points to lead the Raptors.
6:29 Lamar Odom scores on s nifty reverse layup after it looked like he was going to go up strong for a potential dunk. Odom has 15 points on the night and the Lakers are clinging to a four-point lead at 73-69.
5:32 Kobe makes another three pointer for his game-high 22nd point to increase the Lakers lead to eight points at 76-68. Meanwhile, Gasol continues to have low-key night, scoring only six points and failing to give the Lakers much in the way of a post-presence against the ragged Raptors. Pau does have seven rebounds and four assists though.
3:33 Odom continues to have a solid game for the Lakers, picking up his seventeenth point and showing why the Lakers’ depth is one of their biggest advantages this season as only two of their “Big 3″ are playing well, but they’re still winning.
2:48 Walton, Turiaf and Farmar join Odom and Bryant on the floor for the final three minutes of the third quarter.
37.5 The Lakers get a much-needed three from Lamar to open up the game a bit as L.A. has tied their largest margin of the night, up 73-85. Odom has 20 points on the night, only two behind Kobe for team lead.
10:57 Toronto calls a quick timeout after two straight makes from Jordan Farmar have pushed the Lakers’ lead to 10 at 87-77. Unlike most of the game, L.A. has come out playing much tighter defense in two Raptors possessions to open up the fourth and final quarter, using back-to-back Toronto turnovers to lead to easy buckets.
9:01 A great pass from Kobe leads to a layup off glass for Sasha and an eight point lead for the Lakers at 90-82. The make is Vujacic’s first in five attempts tonight.
7:09 Sasha hits a wide-open three after Jordan found him in the corner without any defenders within 10 feet of him. The trey also gives the Lakers their biggest lead of the night at 97-86. However, every time the Lakers have increased the lead to eight-10 points tonight, the Raptors have had an answer.
6:23 Odom, Gasol and Fisher all return for the stretch run.
4:40 Sasha’s obviously regained his stroke as he hits another three pointer for his eight point of the night. Vujacic’s make also ended any momentum gained by consecutive makes by Toronto guard T.J. Ford. The Lakers look like they’re in control of the game, up by eight with under five to go.
1:51 Gasol finally reaches double digits in scoring, floating a soft baby hook toward the basket that hits nothing but net. It also gives the Lakers some breathing room, now up by eight with under two minutes to go.
41.0 STAPLES Center erupts after a huge three by Fisher puts the Lakers up 113-104 with under a minute to go, likely icing the game for L.A.
FINAL SCORE Raptors 108, Lakers 117