Lakers continue trek in Toronto
(Sports Network) – The Los Angeles Lakers target their third straight win this
evening when they continue their six-game road trip against the Toronto
Raptors at the Air Canada Centre.
On Tuesday, Kobe Bryant scored 33 points as Los Angeles defeated the Milwaukee
Bucks, 111-92, at the Bradley Center. Lamar Odom filled the box score with 24
points, nine rebounds and eight assists, while Smush Parker added 20 points
and seven steals for the Lakers, who have won three of their last four games.
Parker has been a pleasant surprise for the Lakers and has netted at least 20
points in three of LA’s last four games. He has also recorded team-highs with
40 three-pointers and 37 steals.
The Lakers, who will also visit Chicago, Minnesota, Dallas and Memphis on
their trek, are 4-4 away from home this season.
Toronto, meanwhile, enters on a losing note after dropping a 119-111 overtime
decision to the Washington Wizards on Tuesday at the MCI Center. Chris Bosh
had 27 points and nine rebounds for the Raptors, who had their two- game
winning streak broken and fell to 3-16 on the season.
Morris Peterson scored 21 points and pulled down eight rebounds in the loss.
Jumpers by Mike James and Bosh pulled the Raptors within 112-111 with 1:06 to
go, but Gilbert Arenas countered with a basket and Jarvis Hayes came up with a
steal and was awarded a clear path free throw. Hayes made the attempt for a
115-111 lead with 36.8 seconds left and the Wizards got the ball back. Antawn
Jamison, though, sealed the victory with a jumper from the left corner with 25
seconds remaining and Arenas added two foul shots.
The Raptors, who play three of their next four at home, are 2-7 in their
building this season.
Los Angeles split its two matchups with the Raptors last season, but has won
nine of 11 and 12 of the last 15 meetings. The Lakers have also had success in
Toronto, where they have won seven of nine.