Raptors 108, Lakers 103

The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchange

TORONTO -- Jose Calderon scored 22 points and added nine assists as the Toronto Raptors ended a four-game losing streak by defeating the Los Angeles Lakers 108-103 Sunday before a crowd of 19,800 at Air Canada Centre.
Landry Fields added his second double-double of the season scoring a season-best 18 points and adding 10 rebounds. Ed Davis also scored 18 for Toronto and had eight rebounds while Alan Anderson scored 14 points and had eight assists off the bench.
It was the Raptors' first victory over the Lakers since Jan. 24, 2010. Sunday's win snapped a four-game losing streak to the Lakers.
Kobe Bryant led the Lakers with 26 points. Pau Gasol added 25 points while Earl Clark had 14 points and 14 rebounds and Steve Nash scored 16 points with nine assists.
Toronto snapped another streak. They entered the game with a 0-20 record when their opponents scored 100 or more points.
The Lakers lost center Dwight Howard with 1:18 to play in the first half for picking up his second technical foul of the game. Raptors forward Anderson picked up a technical foul, at the same time. Howard had five points and two rebounds.
Toronto led by 13 going in the fourth quarter. After Kyle Lowry hit two straight 3-pointers in the opening minutes of the fourth, Toronto's lead was 91-76. Terrence Ross and Anderson added two-points each and Toronto led by 19 with 7:20 to play.
The Lakers came back with consecutive 3-pointers by Bryant and when Antawn Jamison added two, Toronto's lead was cut to 10. Clark hit a 3-pointer to cut the lead to seven with 3:30 to play.
Bryant hit a 3-pointer with 1:35 to play to reduce Toronto's lead to six points. But Amir Johnson's layup with 1:02 to play had the Raptors up, 105-97.
After leading by as many as 16 points in the first quarter, the Raptors led by four points entering the second half. DeMar DeRozan's driving layup with 4:44 to play in the third quarter bumped Toronto's advantage to nine points, which reached 11 with 2:40 left in the quarter after Davis hit a jump hook shot. He was fouled on the play but missed his free throw.
Anderson hit a 3-pointer and it was 81-67 for the Raptors. Bryant came back with a jumper and a free throw but Fields finished the third-quarter scoring with a layup and Toronto led, 83-70.
The Raptors held 53-49 advantage after the first half. They started the game quickly and raced to a 25-9 lead and still were in front 29-20 after one quarter.
Notes: The Raptors entered Sunday coming off two overtime losses, Friday to the 76ers at Philadelphia, and Wednesday at home against the Chicago Bulls. The only other times they have played back-to-back overtime games came in 2006 -- Feb. 5-8 and March 1-4. They lost those four games. The Raptors have played five overtime games this season and are 1-4. The most overtime games that they have played in a season is 11 in 2003-04. ... Toronto forward/center Andrea Bargnani (right elbow) has begun drills with a basketball for the first time since he was injured in December. ... Sunday's game was the opener of a three-game trip for the struggling Lakers who entered the game against the Raptors with a 5-12 record on the road. "The road can be a good place to find yourself," Lakers head coach Mike D'Antoni said before the game. "It's a chance to build team unity." ... The Raptors next game is Wednesday when they play the Miami Heat at the American Airlines Arena. ... .The Lakers visit Chicago on Monday.

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