Los Angeles Lakers vs. Toronto Raptors: Postgame Grades and Analysis for LA

Nick Young scored 29 points, Pau Gasol added 22 and the Los Angeles Lakers rallied from a 16-point third-quarter deficit to beat the Toronto Raptors, 112-106, at the Air Canada Centre on Sunday afternoon.

The Lakers shot 12-of-22 from three-point range in the win and also went 26-of-28 from the free-throw line, the latter of which was the biggest difference in this game.

In contrast, the Raptors only shot 9-of-11 from the charity stripe. Toronto shot better than Los Angeles from the floor (48.9 percent to 46.3 percent), but the free-throw discrepancy was just too much for Dwane Casey's group to overcome.

DeMar DeRozan led the Raptors, who also had a 19-point edge in the second period, with 24.

The loss ends a six-game home winning streak for Toronto, and it continues its stretch of futility against LA.

Since entering the league in the 1995-96 season, the Raptors have never beaten the Lakers at home.


Key Player Grades

Pau Gasol, Center

Pau Gasol got off to a tremendous start in this one, scoring 10 points off 4-of-6 shooting in the opening quarter. Jonas Valanciunas had a very rough time defending him, as Gasol used his veteran savvy to take advantage of the young Lithuanian in the post.

Gasol would cool off as the game progressed, though, as he went only 4-for-14 the rest of the way. Also, he didn't record a single assist, which is very odd for a deft-passing big man like Pau.

Still, Gasol's numbers were solid.

The Spaniard posted 22 points and nine boards, not to mention a plus-26. He also made all six of his free-throw tries.

Grade: B+


Jodie Meeks, Shooting Guard

While Jodie Meeks went only 4-for-10 and missed some makeable shots, I liked the effort the 2-guard put forth on Sunday afternoon.

Meeks was very pesky...

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