Los Angeles Lakers set franchise low with early 25-point deficit


The Raptors never allowed the Jazz to come within 10 points during the entire second half, and from about midway through the third quarter on, the game was never in question.

"They just came out and hit us right in the mouth".

Once their starters had seized command, the Raptors worked some of their reserve players into the contest.

Los Angeles' wins this season have come in shootouts, and while their point differential is better than their record early (the Lakers should be a.500 team by that metric), Los Angeles has a long way to go to reach the NBA's elite.

This time it was a 124-111 defeat at the hands of the Toronto Raptors Monday night in Salt Lake City.

"For me and what I've experienced in this league, I've tried to stay even-keeled", James said.

"I don't really like to talk about it being disappointing".

The stalwarts of the Toronto Raptors' season thus far stepped up once again as the team cruised to a 124-111 victory over the Utah Jazz on Monday night.

Alec Burks led the Jazz (4-6) with 22 points off the bench, while Rudy Gobert (14 points, 12 rebounds, two assists, one steal, one block) and Derrick Favors (11 points, 10 rebounds, three steals, two blocks) each finished with a double-double.

"Man, to me, the most important thing is about the team", Ibaka said. James had a so-so game - by his standards anyway - with 18 points in 28 minutes.

Leonard missed the game with a sore left foot which no doubt had the Lakers breathing a sigh of relief.

The Lakers followed up perhaps their best win of the season on Saturday with one of the worst first quarters in franchise history on Sunday. To put that in perspective, Philadelphia led the National Basketball Association in turnovers last season with 16.3 per game.

In New York, D'Angelo Russell scored 13 of his 21 points in the second half, and the Brooklyn Nets kept the Philadelphia 76ers winless on the road with a 122-97 win.