Published: Wed, November 07, 2018
Sport | By Patty Hardy

First place Raptors clobber Lakers, Bucks topple Kings

First place Raptors clobber Lakers, Bucks topple Kings

"But they competed throughout the whole game. 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".

"You always just stay even-keel when you come in for games", James said.

The defeat, which sees the Lakers drop to 4-6, came after president Magic Johnson insisted coach Luke Walton's position was safe after a week of speculation at the franchise, who are under pressure for results after landing James from the Cleveland Cavaliers.

"He did a little bit of both". So far this season, he's looked every bit the player he was previously, averaging 26.1 points, 7.6 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 2.0 steals in seven games for the Raptors while shooting 50.4 percent from the field and 44.8 percent from 3-point range.

For James, playing in the Lakers' Sunday whites for the first time, it was a reminder of a dark day in his final season with the Miami Heat when his team also was outscored by 25, 43-18, in the first quarter on January 15, 2014. "It was good for us to come into one of the most hostile buildings in the Western Conference and win". "We're last in defense. When you get into a comfort zone early like that, shots are going to fall".

"You still learn from it", James said.

"It is true I played great but to me we got the win and that is the most important thing", said Ibaka. James was held to just 18 points, his lowest point total in nine games since joining the Lakers. You don't put too much into it. "We had it in spurts but for 48 minutes we didn't have it". "But you never let the outside noise get to you - and if you do that, that can cause problems".

"For me and what I've experienced in this league, I've tried to stay even keeled".

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