Raptors destroy LeBron's Lakers even without Kawhi in the lineup

The Raptors look to start their road trip right in the valley of the sun

Leonard managed a double-double in his return to action, while Kyle Lowry continued his All-NBA calibre start to the season as the Raptors improved their record to an impressive 11-1. On Sunday, the Raptors managed to pick up a lopsided win over the Lakers without Leonard available but the task could be more hard on the road in Salt Lake City, as the Jazz are quite formidable within the friendly confines of their home arena.

Here's why. Bron and the Lakers lost to the Raptors 121 to 107. and LeBron only put up 18 points (he didn't even play the 4th quarter).

Sometimes the way things line up on a given night across the 82 games, there are mental and physical factors going into a game that make a certain result more likely.

Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri still remains optimistic that his group can convince Leonard to stay in Toronto - otherwise the trade would essentially be a bust, with Leonard having been a one-year rental.

Despite the loss to the Bucks, the Kings finished their four-game road trip 3-1 and sit at a surprising 6-4 on the season. "With me not even knowing some of the offence, we have Kyle in the game most of the time".

Walton said he warned the Lakers that overlooking the Raptors sans Leonard would be unsafe.

"They were picking us up, tried to pressure us to try to speed us up but we didn't allow them to", Lowry said. "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".

Meanwhile, the Lakers will have around $38 million in cap space next summer that they can use to sign James' co-star. This saw the Raptors take full command of the period that included a 26-2 run that gave them a 30-point lead at one point while Serge Ibaka notched 20 points on 8-of-8 shooting from the floor in the period.

The Kings are one of the fastest teams in the National Basketball Association this season and several Toronto players felt that Sacramento controlled the tempo of the game. There's games like this in an 82 games season where you just don't have it. "You don't look too much into it". At halftime, Toronto kept their foot on the gas leading 71-49.

"You still learn from it", James said. "We got a W, and I'm happier now than scoring a lot of points [in a loss]. But you never let the outside noise get to you - and if you do that, that can cause problems".

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