LOS ANGELES — The moment called for LeBron James to attack the basket and finish strongly. Same thing for Anthony Davis. The two Los Angeles Lakers stars have filled such highlight reels too many times to count. On consecutive possessions, though, Toronto Raptors center Chris Boucher stuffed them at the rim.
“It feels nice,” Boucher said. “I’m probably going to remember this forever.”
That sequence captured a few things. It explained why the Raptors handed the Lakers a 113-104 loss on Sunday at Staples Center. It also showed how the Raptors have tried to compensate after pieces of their championship fabric have become torn.
Last summer, the Raptors lost their Finals MVP to the Los Angeles Clippers (Kawhi Leonard) and a dependable sharpshooter to the Lakers (Danny Green). All-Star point guard Kyle Lowry will stay sidelined for two weeks after fracturing his left thumb last week in New Orleans. The Raptors ruled out versatile forward Serge Ibaka indefinitely after spraining his right ankle.
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