TORONTO -- Guard/forward Nick Young scored 24 of his 29 points in the second half and the Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Toronto Raptors 112-106 Sunday for their second win in a row. Center Pau Gasol added 22 points and had nine points for the Lakers (16-25), who trailed by as many as 19 points in the second quarter. The loss prevented the Raptors from sweeping their two-game season series with the Lakers for the first time in their history. Forward Ryan Kelly added 17 points for the Lakers, guard Jodie Meeks had 11 and guard Kendall Marshall scored 10 and added 11 assists. Guard DeMar DeRozan led Toronto with 23 points while guard Kyle Lowry added 21 with nine assists and forward Patrick Patterson scored 17 coming off the bench. Forward Amir Johnson chipped in with 13 for Toronto (20-19) while guard Greivis Vasquez added 11 and guard/forward Terrence Ross 10. The Raptors won the first meeting between the teams this season on Dec. 8 in Los Angeles 106-94. The loss ended the Raptors' six-game home winning streak. The Raptors entered the fourth quarter down by one point. After each team took turns taking one-point leads, Vasquez scored four straight points, the second pair after a steal, to give the Raptors a 94-91 lead with 6:41 to play. The Lakers came back to lead by four points with 3:40 to play on two free throws by Gasol and a 3-pointer by Young. But when Lowry hit a 3-pointer with 2:13 to play, the Lakers lead was cut to one. Kelly made all three free throws after he was fouled trying a 3-pointer to put the Lakers up by four. After Lowry cut the lead to two, Young made a 3-pointer for a 108-103 lead with 1:21 to play. DeRozan, who missed a jump shot, fouled Young who made both shots with 20.5 seconds left to increase the Lakers' lead to six. The Lakers moved to within four points by finishing the second half on a 23-8 surge. The Raptors opened the third quarter on a 12-0 run led by Lowry's seven points to take a 70-54 lead. The Lakers came back to tie the game 79-79 with 2:55 to play in the third quarter after Marshall, Young and guard Manny Harris hit consecutive 3-point shots. The Lakers led 82-81 after three quarters when Young hit three of four free throws to conclude the scoring. Ross fouled him when he attempted a 3-pointer and also was given a technical foul. The Raptors took a seven-point lead into the second quarter and expanded it to 15 points after with 9:08 left in the quarter. DeRozan's jumper increased the lead to 50-31 with 7:34 remaining. The Lakers cut the lead to 10 with a 9-0 run. A pair of 3-pointers by guard/forward Wesley Johnson trimmed the lead to six points with 3:08 to play. The Raptors led 58-54 at the half. The Raptors shot 73.7 percent in the first quarter to take a 36-29 lead. Patterson led the Raptors with eight points after coming off the bench while Gasol scored 10 for the Lakers. Notes: Raptors F/G John Salmons (back spasms) did not play on Sunday. He left after the first half of Toronto's 94-89 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday. ... Raptors F Tyler Hansbrough (left ankle sprain) missed his ninth consecutive game. ... Lakers rookie F Ryan Kelly made his first career start on Sunday, taking the place of C/F Jordan Hill, after scoring a career-best 20 points in the 107-104 win at the Boston Celtics on Friday. ... The Lakers visit Chicago to play the Bulls on Monday for the fourth game of their seven-game road trip. ... The Raptors travel to Charlotte to play the Bobcats on Monday afternoon.
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