The Toronto Raptors and Los Angeles Lakers met in Ontario, California tonight, a location choice I can only assume is an NBA scheduler trying to be funny. It was actually televised! Toronto won the game 105-97, thanks to another great outing from Kyle Lowry, who had 25 points and six assists.
After a couple games of seeing new-look Lowry, it's obvious he's attacking quicker while getting his shooting stroke back. If this is a sign of what's to come in the regular season, we should all be really excited. Here he is knocking down a three.
Another reason to be excited is DeMarre Carroll. After leading the team in scoring against Golden State, Carroll had 18 against the Lakers, shooting an efficient 6-for-10 from the field and 3-for-5 from distance. He was also refreshingly active given it's the preseason, at one point diving into the second row to recover a loose ball.
Cory Joseph was solid off the bench with 14 points, showing all parts of an offensive game that may exceed the expectations of Raptor fans. Here is driving into the body of Roy Hibbert, the master of verticality, and finishing.
On the other side, Lou Williams had a team-high 19 points in a line we're all too familiar with: 5-for-12 shooting and 2-for-6 from three. Adding to the nostalgia was a 16-point game for Kobe Bryant. For some reason, he played 22 minutes in a preseason game.
I'd be remiss to leave out the highlight of the night, which saw Lakers forward Julius Randle show some nifty ball-handling before a swell finish from Kobe.
So that's that. Toronto will continue their preseason against Minnesota on Monday at the Air Canada Centre. Anyone else watch the game? Favourite moments?