LeBron James won his individual scoring duel with Kawhi Leonard but could not prevent the Los Angeles Lakers falling to defeat against the Toronto Raptors.
James supplied 29 points on 12-of-23 shooting but the high-flying Raptors, led by Leonard's 25 points, restricted the Lakers to 14 fourth-quarter points and rolled to a 111-98 victory, their 49th of the season.
Leonard's scoring haul came on 8-of-20 shooting. The former San Antonio Spurs star stuffed the stat sheet with eight rebounds, four assists and two steals. He also connected on five his eight three-point attempts, while James went a miserable 1-of-5 from downtown.
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James' highlight play of the night came in the second quarter when team-mate Kentavious Caldwell-Pope stole possession from the Raptors and shuttled the ball forward. James faced little resistance as he drove to the rim to hammer home an emphatic two-handed slam.
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Leonard capped a 14-2 Raptors run capped with a steal and three-pointer to give the home team a 65-54 half-time lead.
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He struck again from downtown in the third period to extend Toronto's lead to 11.
Thursday night's scores
- Los Angeles Lakers 98-111 Toronto Raptors
- Dallas Mavericks 99-100 Denver Nuggets
- Oklahoma City Thunder 106-108 Indiana Pacers
- Sacramento Kings 120-126 Boston Celtics
- Minnesota Timberwolves 100-120 Utah Jazz
- Cleveland Cavaliers 91-120 Orlando Magic
The Lakers battled back to within six points at the start of the fourth quarter but any hope of a comeback was extinguished by their offensive woes in the final period.
Click the video at the top of the page to watch LeBron and Kawhi's best plays from the Raptors win over the Lakers.