Lakers build early lead but fall to Kyle Lowry, Raptors

first_imgFor that, Ball took the blame.“We’re just ball watching, to be honest,” Ball said, not noticing his own pun. “I’m supposed to be back on the point guard, sometimes I go crash (the glass) when I’m supposed to be getting back, and (we’re) just not talking.”After a pair of gritty performances in which they were the ones climbing back from double-digit deficits, the Lakers on Friday learned how it feels to be on the other side.There was a point guard with a triple-double, but it was Ball’s counterpart, not the rookie, who is still searching for his first.Lowry scored 11 points with 12 assists and 10 rebounds. It was Lowry’s 3-pointer with 1:09 left that pushed the Raptors’ lead to nine and allowed the Raptors to hold the Lakers at bay.Ball finished with five points, six assists and seven rebounds. The Lakers took their biggest lead at 47-30 on a layup by Brandon Ingram with 3:56 left in the second period. The rest of the game felt like a mad scramble up a muddy slope. The Lakers never found their footing and ended up sliding into their third loss in five games.The subplot of the night was the continued dominance of the Lakers’ bench.Randle, whose misgivings about coming off the bench already seem like a distant memory, led the Lakers with 18 points, while Kuzma recorded his first career double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds. Clarkson added 11 points. Lakers rookies serenade Lonzo Ball on 20th birthday PreviousToronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry, right, shoots as Los Angeles Lakers guard Corey Brewer defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Oct. 27, 2017, in Los Angeles. The Raptors won 101-92. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Toronto Raptors forward CJ Miles, left, shoots as Los Angeles Lakers forward Julius Randle defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Oct. 27, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Lakers forward Julius Randle, right, shoots as Toronto Raptors forward Pascal Siakam, of Cameroon, defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Oct. 27, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan, left, passes the ball as Los Angeles Lakers center Brook Lopez defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Oct. 27, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers guard Josh Hart, left, shoots as Toronto Raptors forward OG Anunoby, of England, defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Oct. 27, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers forward Larry Nance Jr., left, grabs a rebound away from Toronto Raptors forward Pascal Siakam, of Cameroon, during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Oct. 27, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers forward Brandon Ingram, right, shoots as Toronto Raptors forward Serge Ibaka, of Congo, defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Oct. 27, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Toronto Raptors guard Fred VanVleet, left, shoots as Los Angeles Lakers forward Julius Randle defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Oct. 27, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Toronto Raptors center Jakob Poeltl, of Austria, dunks during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers, Friday, Oct. 27, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan, right, grabs a rebound away from Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Oct. 27, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan, left, shoots as Los Angeles Lakers guard Corey Brewer defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Oct. 27, 2017, in Los Angeles. The Raptors won 101-92. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Toronto Raptors forward Pascal Siakam, of Cameroon, dunks during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers, Friday, Oct. 27, 2017, in Los Angeles. The Raptors won 101-92. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers guard Josh Hart, left, shoots as Toronto Raptors forward Serge Ibaka, center, of Congo, defends and forward Julius Randle watches during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Oct. 27, 2017, in Los Angeles. The Raptors won 101-92. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Toronto Raptors guard Norman Powell, left, blocks the shot of Los Angeles Lakers forward Brandon Ingram during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Oct. 27, 2017, in Los Angeles. The Raptors won 101-92. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Famed comic book creator Stan Lee, right, talks with singer will.i.am of the Back Eyed Peas during the first half of an NBA basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Toronto Raptors, Friday, Oct. 27, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry, right, shoots as Los Angeles Lakers guard Corey Brewer defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Oct. 27, 2017, in Los Angeles. The Raptors won 101-92. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)NextShow Caption1 of 15Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry, right, shoots as Los Angeles Lakers guard Corey Brewer defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Oct. 27, 2017, in Los Angeles. The Raptors won 101-92. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)ExpandLOS ANGELES — Toronto’s All-Star backcourt had chipped away at what once was a 17-point Lakers lead. The Lakers, however, weren’t ready to give it up.A bench unit led by Julius Randle, Kyle Kuzma and Jordan Clarkson had the Lakers tied with the Raptors with 6:26 left in the fourth quarter on Friday when Luke Walton decided it was time to go back to his first unit, including star rookie Lonzo Ball.“Some nights,” Walton said, “it’s the bench’s job to just get that lead or keep you around and you put the starters in and they’re supposed to finish it for you.”Related Articles The Raptors rattled off eight straight points, and when point guard Kyle Lowry heaved a full-court pass to a streaking Pascal Siakam for a breakaway dunk, Walton called timeout in disgust. He replaced his starters with the bench unit that had found earlier success. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers“We gave up a lot of fast-break points,” said Ball, who turned 20 on Friday, “people not getting back and it was a unit thing so that’s why he pulled everybody.”It was a mirror image of the third quarter, when the Lakers’ starters were also ineffectual in transition.The Lakers actually outscored the Raptors 22-12 in fast-break points, but it was the timing of their defensive breakdowns that had the coach most frustrated.“We talked about how important that third quarter was when the momentum of the game was changing and them being a playoff team,” Walton said. “We can’t afford to give those up.”He said that “as a teaching lesson” he pulled his starters ahead of schedule with five minutes left in the third. His message might have been clear, but it didn’t resonate enough to help the Lakers in the final period.center_img That group had the Lakers ahead 79-77 when Luke Walton went back to Ball with 8:34 left in the fourth. Once the rest of the starters joined him, things stalled.There were missed 3-point attempts and a couple of charges. The Raptors rattled off eight straight points, taking a commanding 91-83 lead with 3:42 left before Walton went back to his bench.Brook Lopez was the only Lakers starter to score in double figures, though eight of his 13 points came in the first quarter. Brandon Ingram finished with nine points on 3-of-9 shooting.For as much attention as Ball draws, for all of the praise directed to Ball and Lopez and the hope affixed to Ingram, it has been the bench that has kept the Lakers competitive in the early games of the season. On Friday, the Lakers reserves outscored the Toronto bench 56-27.“We have a good second unit,” Ball said. “So they come in to pick us up when we’re down, but that can’t happen.” Heisler: Can someone from Lakers tell LaVar Ball to shut up? Lakers’ Luke Walton singles out Larry Nance Jr. as ‘great example’ of putting team first Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Police beat anti-Putin protesters

first_imgMOSCOW – It was no mass protest. By their leaders’ own admission, only about 2,000 people turned out Saturday to demonstrate their opposition to Russian President Vladimir Putin. But the government did not take the “Dissenters March” lightly. It banned the rally from a landmark Pushkin Square in downtown Moscow, then massed some 9,000 police officers and Interior Ministry troops to keep the Kremlin critics away. The faceoff led to sporadic clashes across the city and a wave of arrests of activists who wanted to protest Putin’s economic and social policies as well as a series of Kremlin actions that critics say has stripped Russians of many political rights. A similar march planned for today in St. Petersburg also was banned by authorities. Police officers kept the demonstrators off the square, beating some protesters and detaining many others, including Garry Kasparov, the former world chess champion who has emerged as the most prominent leader of the opposition alliance. Officials said 170 people had been detained but a Kasparov aide, Marina Litvinovich, said as many as 600 were detained – although she said about half were released quickly. Kasparov, whom witnesses said was seized as he tried to lead a small group of demonstrators through lines of police ringing Pushkin Square, was freed late Saturday after he was fined $38 for participating in the rally. “It is no longer a country … where the government tries to pretend it is playing by the letter and spirit of the law,” Kasparov said outside the court building, appearing unfazed by his detention. “We now stand somewhere between Belarus and Zimbabwe,” he said. It was the fourth time in recent months that anti-Putin demonstrations – all called Dissenters Marches – have been broken up with force or smothered by a huge police presence. The weekend marches were being closely watched as a barometer of how much of a threat, if any, opposition forces pose to the Kremlin as Russia prepares for parliamentary elections in December and a presidential vote next spring. Putin, whose second and last term ends in 2008, has created an obedient parliament and his government has reasserted control over major television networks, giving little air time to critics. TV newscasts on Saturday reported the protests, but gave as much or more time to a pro-Kremlin youth rally held near Moscow State University. Later, police charged into a crowd of about 200 demonstrators outside the police precinct where Kasparov was being held, beating protesters with nightsticks and fists. Kasparov and his allies mustered, by their own reckoning, about 2,000 people – far fewer than the 30,000 people who patronize the McDonald’s restaurant at Pushkin Square on an average day. But some protesters said they were not discouraged by the small turnout or intimidated by the overwhelming force marshaled to block the rally. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more