The Lakers got smoked by the Toronto Raptors on Sunday night - andLeBron James didn't exactly play great - but he was still in the mood to party afterward. "It's very very hard to make a game out of it when you start like that and expend so much energy trying to get back into it". Serge Ibaka stood out for Toronto in Leonard's absence, scoring 26 in the first half and finishing with 34 points on 15-of-17 shooting.
"I was proud of our guys for continuing to fight, not that it matters", Walton said.
"They're playing like they're the best team in the Eastern Conference so far", James said of the Raptors. "There is a sense of freedom and joy that comes when a top player like that - obviously you don't want him to be hurt, but there is no pressure, you play free".
Ibaka's 20 points were a career high for points in any quarter, eclipsing his previous mark of 15.
Pistons center Andre Drummond had 25 points and 24 rebounds in his team's 120-115 loss to the Heat.
"Yeah, but you still learn from it", James said.
Winners of just 27 games last season, the Kings are off to a respectable 6-4 SU start, powered by a recent five-game win streak. You don't put too much into it.
The Raptors have been very cautious with Leonard in the early going, and Nurse already had told ESPN after Friday's game in Phoenix that Leonard would be sitting out one half of the team's back-to-backs indefinitely, having already sat out one half in each of Toronto's first two this season.
Toronto took a 71-49 lead into halftime.
"They just came out and hit us right in the mouth", said Lakers forward LeBron James.