|Carlos Boozer, PF 30 MIN | 9-15 FG | 0-0 FT | 9 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 18 PTS | +11Boozer had another efficient offensive night, hitting his jumper with good consistency and sneaking into the paint when his man played him too tight to defend against that shot. Add in his solid defensive rebounding and this was a very nice outing.|
|Wesley Johnson, SF 27 MIN | 5-11 FG | 2-2 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 13 PTS | +9Wes’ stat line doesn’t stand out as super impressive and his three pointers were not falling, but overall he had a solid game. He hit four of his six 2-point shots and had what was a game sealing dunk in the closing minute as the Raptors were making one last push by hitting a couple of threes. He did not have a big impact defensively, but he also wasn’t a minus on that end even though he had to chase around Kyle Lowry for stretches.|
|Jordan Hill, C 34 MIN | 6-11 FG | 4-5 FT | 12 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 3 BLK | 0 TO | 16 PTS | 0After struggling the last couple of games, Hill had a nice bounce back effort against Toronto. His 16 points and 12 rebounds were strong, but more impressive was his late game rim protection. He had two of his three blocks in the 4th quarter and overtime, both of which were big plays at the time.|
|Jeremy Lin, PG 35 MIN | 3-11 FG | 4-4 FT | 3 REB | 3 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 11 PTS | 0Lin’s numbers look dreadful, but I liked the way he was in attack mode all night. He aggressively used his dribble to drive by closing out defenders and was good at creating shots in the paint when he got a step on his man. Those shots didn’t fall with any consistency, but getting those shots up kept the defense honest which allowed for his big men to get offensive rebounding chances.|
|Kobe Bryant, SG 42 MIN | 11-24 FG | 9-13 FT | 11 REB | 12 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 31 PTS | +2Kobe was the man of the match. While his shooting numbers were again under the 50% mark, he hit big shots down the stretch to put the Lakers in a position to win. Bigger than those buckets, though, was the way he whipped the ball around the court for assists. Early in the game he set up his teammates wonderfully and then late in OT he had another big assist to Young for a three pointer. His triple double tells the story of his night — a night that also saw him become the lone member of the 30K career points and 6K career assists club.|
|Ed Davis, PF 18 MIN | 0-0 FG | 1-2 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 1 PTS | -9Davis’ 6 rebounds and single foul in 18 minutes were nice, but he was a non-factor offensively by only making a single FT on the night. I would have liked to have seen more cutting and activity on that end rather than looking so out of sorts. Davis also wasn’t his typically disruptive self defensively, especially when compared to Hill and Sacre. The fact that he was the lone Laker with a negative plus/minus (-9) on the night really tells the story for what his night was like.|
|Nick Young, SF 31 MIN | 6-11 FG | 3-5 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 20 PTS | +3Young was efficient with his shooting and, as mentioned above, had a huge three to give the Lakers some breathing room in overtime. Also big was his ability to prop up the offense when Kobe took his first breather by hitting shots and working well off the ball to draw defenders’ attention.|
|Robert Sacre, C 19 MIN | 2-4 FG | 2-3 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 1 TO | 6 PTS | +7Sacre doesn’t get a lot of love from Lakers’ fans, but he was more than solid in his nearly 20 minutes in this game. He played strong position defense and took advantage of his offensive chances. He will never wow you with his rebounding and his usage can be a bit high for his skill level, but his maximum effort and high motor are traits this team could use more of.|
Three Things We Saw
- Though Terrance Ross and others did a nice job of stepping up, it was clear that Raptors missed DeMar DeRozan. Lowry was the lone offensive creator down the stretch and I’m sure the Raps would have loved to have been able to go to DeRozan in isolation or in the post to get a bucket or draw a foul in what was a really close game.
- The Lakers’ offense really had some nice movement in the first half. One of the reasons Kobe was able to get his triple-double was because when he had the ball at the top of the key or was looking to create off the bounce, there were cutters and players shifting around the perimeter to create passing angles. It also helped that Kobe was actively looking to pass, but the guys made his life easier by sliding into the open spaces and creases.
- I’m still not sure what the Lakers’ issues are in the 3rd quarter, but they need to try and figure it out. After leading by nine at the half, the Lakers were promptly outscored by eight in the 3rd period, giving up separate runs of 8-0 and 13-0 during those 12 minutes.