On Sunday night, the Lakers faced an opponent that refused to wallow in its recent misfortune.
The Toronto Raptors preferred to sprint past it.
They ended the Lakers’ winning streak at seven, beating the team with the best record in the NBA 113-104.
The Raptors (7-2) won despite missing two key players, and despite a triple-double from LeBron James and 27 points from Anthony Davis for the Lakers (7-2). Toronto was led by Pascal Siakam (24 points) and Fred VanVleet (23), and also received impactful performances off the bench from Chris Boucher (15 points) and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (10).
“They are the best, the fastest team in the league, [most] fast-break points per game,” Lakers coach Frank Vogel said. “We knew that coming in. We had to execute offensively, and when we didn’t it was going to be a run-out that we couldn’t recover from. We’ve been showing great effort in transition defense, getting back in sprints and trying to make recovery plays. But that wasn’t really there for us tonight and it cost us.” 纽约时报中英文网 http://www.qqenglish.com
“他们是联盟中最好，最快的球队，场均[最多]快攻得分，”湖人队教练Frank Vogel说。 “我们知道要进来。我们必须进攻执行，否则，我们将无法恢复。我们一直在过渡防御方面做出了巨大的努力，重新获得了冲刺，并试图做出恢复。但这不是我们今晚真正需要的，而且花费了我们。”
The Raptors are the defending NBA champions, but they entered this game looking very different from the team that toppled the Golden State Warriors in June. Kawhi Leonard left to play for the Clippers, Danny Green joined the Lakers, and on Friday starters Kyle Lowry (fractured hand) and Serge Ibaka (sprained ankle) suffered injuries that sidelined them for Sunday and beyond.
猛龙队是卫冕的NBA冠军，但他们进入这场比赛的方式与6月份推翻金州勇士队的球队看起来截然不同。凯西·伦纳德（Kawhi Leonard）离开去效力快船队，丹尼·格林（Danny Green）加入了湖人队，周五的首发球员凯尔·洛瑞（Kyle Lowry）（骨折的手）和塞尔吉·伊巴卡（Serge Ibaka）（脚踝扭伤）受了伤，导致他们在周日及以后缺阵。
That meant players like Boucher, who came into the game averaging six minutes per game and whose name Davis struggled to pronounce afterward, Hollis-Jefferson and former Lakers developmental league player Matt Thomas all got early playing time and a chance to make their mark.
“They still got championship players, no matter,” said James, who had 13 points on five-for-15 shooting to go with 15 assists and 13 rebounds. “They were short-handed but they still got guys who are championship DNA players, so we didn’t take that lightly, and the guys that came in gave them a good boost.”
The Lakers generally kept control of the game early en route to an eight-point halftime lead.