Raptors' Kawhi Leonard sits vs. Lakers with foot soreness


"If teams are going to play small like that and they're gonna switch, then we can send him inside and he can either hurt them with the deep catch post-up, or hurt them on the glass", Nurse said. He, Ibaka, OG Anunoby and Fred VanVleet all finished with 17 points each, with Siakam adding 16.

"They're playing like they're the best team in the Eastern Conference so far". Ibaka, who fouled out after just 14 minutes of court time, shot a ideal 8-for-8 from the field just one day after scoring 34 points on 15-for-16 shooting against the Lakers.

James said his Lakers could've played better in certain areas against the Raptors, especially on the defensive end of the floor.

After missing the past four games with a wrist injury, Burks provided Utah's only steady source of offense against the Raptors.

The Jazz had two strong stretches in the first half.

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The injury occurred early in the second quarter with the Raptors trailing the Jazz by single digits. Burks scored five points-on a three-point play of his own plus a dunk-and O'Neale capped the run with a layup.

Slow start: The wear and tear of back-to-back games, a time-zone change and the altitude in Salt Lake City showed in the early going, with Toronto going down by as many as nine in the first quarter and giving up seven turnovers to the homeside's two.

Leonard is sitting out for the third time in his first 10 games with the Raptors. The Jazz also lost a player during the game: Joe Ingles dislocated a finger in the fourth quarter.

Ricky Rubio's shooting woes continued as he was 1 of 10, Joe Ingles sank just 3 of 13, Jae Crowder was 3 of 11 and Grayson Allen 3 of 8. We need each other. "We can't rely on making shots in order to play defense".

Perhaps the most impressive part of this victory is how dominant Toronto can look even when things aren't clicking on all cylinders.