Raptors won't be bowing to Kings in Sacramento

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"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. "That's a good sign for us, to show how good this team can be".

The Kings run three traditional centres out there on any given night, which likely means Jonas Valanciuans gets the start in Sacramento, but Ibaka has proven just as risky and deadly coming off the bench as he has been starting. In making 50.0 percent of his field goal attempts, 40.8 percent of his 3-point attempts and 81.1 percent of his free throw attempts, he now has one of the best True Shooting Percentages in the entire league. He averaged 24.0 points during the winning streak. Utah went 27-for-41 from the line while Toronto made 13 of their 14 attempts.

The franchise has infamously drafted as poorly as any in the last decade but struck gold with 2017 fifth-overall pick Fox, who scored 20 points against the Raptors and looks like he'll be a mainstay in the Kings' backcourt for years. At halftime, Toronto kept their foot on the gas leading 71-49.

Toronto held a 51-35 rebounding edge, an area where the Raptors have not had much success this season.

But there is a caveat that could prevent Leonard from joining the Lakers next season, which a number of league executives have pointed out: The ability to have control of his own team.

"The little things that made us so good previous year - we haven't really done any of them to this point", Joe Ingles said.

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Too bad, because there were a TON of big stars who came out to see the Lakers at Staples Center including Denzel Washington, Odell Beckham, Brian Ortega, Canelo Alvarez, Chris Bosh and more.

"We tried to explain that that's part of how this works, but it doesn't seem like we took that to heart", Walton said.

"And obviously Tyson, he was doing a nice job of getting up on those three-point shots off the screen". From that point, it was the Los Angeles playing from behind in a major deficit with Toronto maintaining their double-digit lead throughout the final two quarters with them being ahead by at least 10 points all the way through.

Kings: Bogdan Bogdanovic made his season debut after missing the first 10 games recovering from a pair of procedures on his left knee. He didn't miss a shot until an unsuccessful turnaround jumper midway through the third quarter. Lowry, after multiple spirited conversations with the officials, got a technical late in the third quarter.

Los Angeles takes the floor next on Wednesday night to host the Minnesota Timberwolves.

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