- Kyle Lowry poured in 33 points and a career-high 14 rebounds to lead the Toronto Raptors to victory in their opening game of the NBA restart on a night that was bigger than basketball.
Lowry drained a three over the outstretched hands of Kuzma with 3:01 to play to put Toronto up by 11, hollering animatedly to his teammates during the ensuing timeout.
OG Anunoby added 23 points on 8-of-9 shooting including a flawless 3-for-3 from three-point range, four rebounds, one assist, and two steals, while Fred VanVleet contributed 13 points, 11 assists, five rebounds, one steal, and one block. Further, analysis reveals that LeBron James and Lakers still have to improve a lot as it was a very closed call. Kyle Kuzma scored 16. Dion Waiters added 12 points, while Alex Caruso finished with 11. But the Lakers replied and Toronto led just 23-21 to end the first quarter. Los Angeles (50-15) sliced the margin to seven before Toronto pulled away.
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The Lakers trailed by as much as 13 in the first half before rallying for a 44-41 lead at the break.
The Lakers shot only 35.4% from the field. The King was at the top of his game in March, when the league stood still, averaging just shy of a triple double with 30.0 points, 9.4 rebounds and 10.6 assists per game.
Embiid also scorched hot, pouring out 41 points on 15-of-23 shooting with 21 rebounds, four assists, three blocks, and one steal, but Philadelphia could not hold on as IN took the solo fifth spot IN the East standings with a 40-26 record.
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The Heat, 42-24, stayed two games in front of in at fourth in the East while the Nuggets, led by 19 points each from Nikola Jokic and reserve Jerami Grant, fell to 43-23 but stayed third in the West.
Denver got within two points but Crowder hit two more from deep and Robinson hit a 3-pointer during a 13-0 run that gave the Heat an 87-72 lead late in the third. "We tried to get our identity back".
It was 106-92 after a three-point play by Grant but the Heat put it away with a trio of 3-pointers from Olynyk that made the margin 117-95.
Thursday's doubleheader, which also featured a close encounter in between the Utah Jazz and also the New Orleans Pelicans, racked up an average audience of 2.9 million viewers throughout TNT and TV Everywhere platforms, which represents an increase of 109% over the average viewership for an National Basketball Association game this season, which stood at 1.4 million viewers prior to the pandemic hiatus.More news: Melbourne to go into lockdown with another 671 COVID-19 cases announced