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  • October 26, 2018
    TORONTO -- Nick Young and the Los Angeles Lakers got the Toronto Raptors to play it their way Sunday afternoon. [b]Jose Juan Barea Jersey[/b] . Young had 29 points while Pau Gasol added 22 to lead the short-handed Lakers to a 112-106 win at the Air Canada Centre, halting Torontos six-game home win streak. Los Angeles (16-25) used an attacking style to rally from deficits of 19 and 17 points and earn its second straight road victory but just its third in 15 games overall. "We didnt get defence into the game," Toronto coach Dwane Casey said. "We played their game . . . it was pretty but we didnt get defence into the game. "That allowed those big runs and thats not who we are. We have to be a defence-first team, not a three-point shooting team . . . we got caught up in their quick threes, which were not very good at." The Lakers hit 12-of-22 (54.5 per cent) three-pointers but also made 26-of-28 free throws. Toronto finished 9 of 30 (30 per cent) from beyond the arc and held a 47-31 edge in rebounding but only attempted 11 free throws, making nine. "That tells us either were not getting the calls or were not driving to the rim," Casey said. "They were the aggressor going to the basket. We had some bonehead fouls on some three-point shots, thats something you shouldnt do. "But it starts on the defensive end. We didnt get up into people and when we did react we reacted late and subsequently you get fouls called." DeMar DeRozan had 23 points while Kyle Lowry added 21 for Toronto (20-19), which lost the chance for its first-ever season sweep of the Lakers. The Raptors won the first meeting 106-94 on Dec. 8. Kyle Lowry added 21 points for Toronto while Patrick Patterson added 17 points coming off the bench. Lowrys three-pointer pulled Toronto to within 102-101 with just over two minutes remaining. Ryan Kellys three free throws made it 105-101 before Youngs three-pointer put the Lakers ahead 108-103 with 1:15 left. Youngs two free throws with 20.5 seconds made it 110-104 and effectively cemented the win. Kelly said Young was a difference-maker for the Lakers. "The one thing Nick does is score, especially at the end of clocks," said Kelly, who finished with 17 points. "There are not many people in the league who can do what he does. "We have seven seconds on the clock and you get Nick the ball and he finds a way to get a shot or get to the line . . . we need that." The Lakers were without all-stars Steve Nash of Victoria and Kobe Bryant. Nash, a two-time NBA MVP, is out with a back injury while Bryant, a five-time league champion and Los Angeless all-time scoring leader, is sidelined with a fractured left knee. "After not feeling it in the first half, we just got a bit more aggressive on defence and they felt us," Lakers coach Mike DAntoni said. "You have to give them credit, they hit a lot of good shots to start with but our guys somehow found the resolve to stay into them and it worked out." The Lakers improved to 27-8 all-time against Toronto, including 13-5 at the ACC. "Weve got to understand no matter now big the lead is no team is going to lay down," DeRozan said. "Theyre going to play extremely hard to try and get back and weve got to understand that and withstand the runs theyre trying to make. We didnt do that. "We gave up too many threes. We know theyre a three-point shooting team and we left them in their comfort zone and they knocked them down." Lowery couldnt hide his disappointment about Torontos inability to twice put the Lakers away after surging into commanding double-digit leads. "Yeah, it sucks," he said. "They did a good job of playing the way they wanted and making us play that way also. "They attacked us a lot more. We settled for a lot more jumpshots and we didnt attack as much as we couldve to get to the free-throw line as much as they did." L.A. took an 82-81 lead into the fourth, thanks to three Young free throws with 27.3 seconds left. Young converted a technical on Terrence Ross, then hit two-of-three from the line after being fouled by Ross on a three-point shot. The resilient Lakers overcame a 17-point deficit to take the lead. Toronto opened the third on a 14-2 run to go ahead 73-56 but the Lakers tied it 79-79 on Manny Harriss three-pointer with under three minutes remaining after both Kendall Marshall and Young connected from beyond the arc. Gasols two free throws with 3.4 seconds remaining cut Torontos half-time advantage to 58-54. The Raptors surged into a commanding 50-31 lead in the quarter before being outscored by the Lakers 23-8 the rest of the way. DeRozan was a one-man show for Toronto, scoring 12 of his 16 first-half points in the second. The Raptors were 5 of 16 (31.3 per cent) from three-point range in the half while L.A. was 6-of-10. Toronto led 36-29 after the first, erasing a 24-20 deficit by outscoring L.A. 16-5 over the final 2:58. Patterson led the way for the Raptors with eight points, including two three-pointers as the home team hit on 14-of-19 field goals and 5-of-6 three-pointers in the quarter. Gasol played a big part in leading the Lakers to their early lead with 10 points. NOTES -- Toronto is off to Charlotte for a game Monday afternoon against the Bobcats on Martin Luther King Jr. Day in the U.S. while Los Angeles continues a seven-game road trip in Chicago on Tuesday night . . . Torontos 94-89 home win over Minnesota on Friday night was its 20th victory in 38 games this year, the fastest the Raptors have reached 20 wins since 2007-08 when they did so in 37 games . . . Toronto forward Tyler Hansbrough (ankle) missed his ninth straight game while forward John Salmons, who reportedly suffered a back injury against Minnesota, didnt dress . . . Lakers centre Robert Sacre is a native of Baton Rouge, La., but grew up in B.C. and has dual Canadian-American citizenship. [b]Jalen Brunson Jersey[/b] . Kalish got his first hit since Sept. 11, 2012, when he rapped an RBI triple in the first inning Sunday in the Chicago Cubs 8-3 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies. [b]Jason Kidd Jersey[/b] .500 ball against teams with winning records, so they needed a huge lift from somebody Tuesday night in a matchup of division leaders.Pakistans new regime have looked to improve the sides fitness and discipline ahead of their tour of England, writes Sajid Sadiq of Pak.Passion.net .... Pakistans painful memories of the 2010 tour of England, which resulted in humiliation on many fronts was partially erased by the Test whitewash of England in the UAE four years ago and further eased by victory in the autumn series last year.But Pakistan know that a determined England lies in wait to avenge those defeats. Sri Lanka are the current recipients of Englands home-turf power - James Anderson and Stuart Broad mauling the visitors at will. James Anderson has taken 18 wickets over the first two Tests against Sri Lanka this summer Its the most serious test of Pakistans credentials as a Test playing nation and an opportunity to prove to the world that their successes in the UAE are not simply a product of local conditions alone.In preparation, recently the Pakistan squad have been running around an army boot camp in Abbottabad, indulging in military-style endurance training usually reserved for men in combat clothing and camouflaged faces.News relating to failures of many players to keep pace with their military fitness instructors made interesting headlines in local and international papers, especially given that mental images of unfit cricketers wilting under pressure would seem a quintessentially Pakistani issue. Amir receives UK visa Pakistan seamer free to travel to England The fitness camp was met with a few hearty objections by former Pakistan players including Javed Miandad who described it as a waste of time and potentially even dangerous, but not for the modern-thinking ways of the current Pakistan management.Former Pakistani great Inzamam-ul-Haq was lured back as Chief Selector by the Pakistan Cricket Board, and though it might surprise some in the English camp, under Inzamams watchful gaze, a new and more determined Pakistan team is literally taking shape.The appointment, coupled with the expertise of Pakistans new Head Coach, Mickey Arthur, could bring untold benefits and Inzi has wasted no time in putting together a list of initial steps and requirements. Former South Africa and AAustralia head coach Mickey Arthur has recently joined the Pakistan set up Perhaps recalling the hardships of previous Pakistan players to English conditions, hes forced the PCB to organize a two-week preparatory camp for the squad in Hampshire. [b]Custom Dallas Mavericks Jerseys[/b]. Inzamam also knows about the frailties of the Pakistan batsmen against the moving ball in English conditions. The Duke cricket ball used by England for home series is a well-known irritant for visiting teams, Australia falling prey last year and Sri Lankas current batting collapses a further reminder of what Pakistan could face in a few weeks.Pakistan are already using the Duke ball in practice sessions in Lahore and the PCB has ordered the creation of green top wickets in Lahore in order to create conditions as close to those which could be encountered in England. Pakistan have been preparing with Duke Balls ahead of their trip to England The unfortunate historical truth remains that few Pakistan tours of England have been short of controversy, with the spot-fixing scandal of the summer of 2010 being the last and most notorious example.Whilst a recurrence of another controversy due to unforeseen circumstance can never be discounted, it would appear that Inzamam has taken ample steps to ensure that the team remains free of any potential hotspots. Mohammad Amir played during Pakistans last tour of England in 2010 before serving a five-year spot-fixing ban His bold decision to leave out Ahmed Shehzad and Umar Akmal from the tour on disciplinary grounds can only be applauded, as can his efforts to make sure Mohammad Amir remains focused on cricket as he makes his much talked-about return to Test cricket in the same country where he last played a Test before being banned for five years.If the pundits are to be believed, the odds of Pakistan escaping unblemished from the upcoming tour of England are pretty grim but unlike past visits to England, this Pakistan squad and its management seem determined to give a good account of themselves.Watch Pakistans tour of England live on Sky Sports, starting with the first Test at Lords from Thursday, July 14. 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