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Posted: Wed Jan 15, 2020 2:25 am
by yyys123
TORONTO - Old habits die hard. When the Lakers hosted Toronto 10 months ago, the Raptors held a 15-point first half lead before Kobe Bryant put on a show - as he has been known to do - and engineered a comeback victory, playing out in overtime. Undermanned hours after consummating what turned out to be a season-altering trade, the Raptors returned to Los Angeles nine months later, stealing the game from the Lakers and Bryant, who returned from injury that evening. Even if you believe theyve played over their head during a 14-7 stretch since that fateful night in LA, theres no denying the Raptors are a different team than they were 42 days ago. Still and for whatever reason, there are certain hurdles they dont seem ready to conquer. The Lakers are one them. "We played their game," coach Dwane Casey said after his team surrendered two big leads - a 19-point advantage in the second quarter and a 17-point cushion in the third - falling to the vulnerable Lakers, without the re-injured Bryant, 112-106 at the Air Canada Centre. For the second time in the span of a week, Caseys club had squandered a golden opportunity against a fallen NBA superpower. Four days after extending their winless streak in Boston to 11 games, the Raptors failed to complete what would have been their first ever season series sweep of the Lakers. Since the trade their offence has been much improved but Casey has and always will prioritize his teams effort on defence. The Raptors coach would rather win ugly than lose pretty, his team had gotten quite good at it, but on Sunday they lost that identity. "We didnt [play] a defensive game and that allows big runs," said Casey, his team giving up 112 points, the most theyve surrendered since Dec. 23 against the Spurs. "Thats not who we are. Weve got to be a defence-first team not a three-point shooting team. We got caught up in their quick threes, which theyre very good at and thats not who we are." Assisting on 13 of their first 14 field goals, the Raptors shot 5-of-6 from three-point range in the opening quarter before going 4-of-24 the rest of the way. The Lakers connected on 12 of 22 attempts from long distance and 26 of 28 free throws as the home team got to the line just 11 times. "They dictated the game a little bit more than we did [today]," said Kyle Lowry, who was spectacular again, scoring 21 points and recording nine of his teams season-high 30 assists. "They did a good job of playing the way they want to play and making us play that way also." "Weve got to understand that no matter how big the lead is no team is going to lay down," said DeMar DeRozan, who led the Raptors with 23 points. "Theyre going to play extremely hard to try to get back and weve got to understand that and withstand the runs they try to make." DeRozan continued to struggle down the stretch, hoisting difficult, out of rhythm jumpers and letting frustration get the better of him after a questionable call late in the game. The Raptors leading scorer made just two of his eight attempts in the fourth quarter, missing another key free throw, and is now shooting 4-of-21 from the field in the final period of his last three games. On the season, DeRozan is shooting 33 per cent in the fourth, down from 45 per cent the rest of the game. The minutes hes logged - hes fifth in the NBA in minutes played - could be a factor late in games in addition to some poor decision making, but Casey pointed to the opposition keying in on Torontos best player down the stretch. "Teams are loading up on him, teams are making it rough for him to get those same shots," said the Raptors coach. "Theyre putting their best defender on him and hes working really hard to get the buckets hes getting. Weve got to do a better job of helping screening him, getting him open, getting the ball to the weak side then coming back because hes expending a lot of energy to get his points." Lakers guard Nick Young scored 15 of his game-high 29 points in a back-and-forth final frame. There were eight lead changes in the fourth and 18 total on the afternoon. For the first time all season, Casey was forced to improvise without two of his rotation players. Tyler Hansbrough missed his ninth straight game with a sprained left ankle and John Salmons was inactive nursing a back ailment. Without Salmons, Casey opted to play small. Julyan Stone logged 13 scoreless minutes - the most playing time hes seen since Dec. 6 - and Greivis Vasquez was used in the backcourt alongside Lowry. Vasquez had one of his better games as a Raptors - recording 11 points and eight assists - so too did Chuck Hayes, who played the bulk of the fourth quarter in place of starter Jonas Valanciunas. "He needed to do a better job on (Pau) Gasol," Casey said of Valanciunas, who played just 14 minutes after picking up a pair of early fouls. "I thought Chuck and Amir (Johnson) did a better job on him and we want for the defensive matchup." Although the Lakers successfully treaded water without Bryant prior to his return in the last meeting between these teams, they have come apart ever since. While the Raptors have vaulted up the Eastern Conference standings, LA had lost 16 of 21 games prior to Sundays rematch. Historically and regardless of the personnel, the Lakers have owned Toronto. Now, having lost two of three, the Raptors travel to Charlotte to face another, albeit more perplexing demon in the Bobcats. 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The White Sox dealt Crain to Tampa Bay on July 29.Andy Murray kept pace with No 1 rival Novak Djokovic as he booked his place in the semi-finals of the ATP World Tour Finals with victory over Stan Wawrinka at Londons O2 Arena on Friday afternoon. Having beaten Marin Cilic and Kei Nishikori, Murray only required a set against Wawrinka to guarantee his passage through to the last four of the season-ending event for the first time since 2012 and he got the job with the minimum of fuss in the opening set before going on to complete a 6-4 6-2 win. Six months half price Upgrade to Sky Sports to watch Man Utd v Arsenal on Saturday and get the first six months half price The comprehensive victory helped him equal his career-best winning run of 22 matches he set earlier this summer and book a clash against Milos Raonic and the Canadians foreboding serve on Saturday afternoon. Shot of the matchHe might not have won the match, but Wawrinka took the plaudits for this shot of the match. A deep forehand winner which swerved and dipped before landing smack bang on the baseline. Wawrinkas stunning deep winner was the only bright point in an otherwise disappointing day for the Swiss Murrays reactionThe first set was tight - there werent really many chances either way - but I just managed to get the break late in the set. And then, in the second set, I had already qualified and Stan obviously needed to win, so it was a bit easier for me to play freer than him in the second set, and that probably helped. The Briton was delighted to come through in straight-sets and now meets Milos Raonic next Expert opinionGreg Rusedski: So impressive from Murray. By far his best match so far in the tournament. The first set was nip and tuck, he gets it, and then just goes from strength to strength.A brilliant performance from Murray and it also ties his longest match-winning streak this year: 22 in a row. And it looks like he is going to beat that in the semis against Milos Raonic. Everything is coming into perfect shape for Murray. He needed to win quick to save his energy for the semis, and that is what he has done.Peter Fleming: It was an encouraging performance. It was the sort of performance that you would expect the world No 1 to come up with when his back is against the wall. And it was today, because a lot of people thought Wawrinka could punch holes in his defences, and Murray answered. He almost said, Ah ah, not today, pal. Murray was at the SkyPad alongside Sky Sports Leif Shiras to look back at his win over Wawrinka The matchMurray knew he would face the prospect of elimination if he lost in straight sets and Nishikori beat Cilic later on Friday, and both players made a rapid attacking opening to the match, striking the ball cleanly in another intoxicating atmosphere at a capacity O2 Arena. Heres the moment Murray sealed his spot in Saturdays semi-finals The Scot needed three hours and 20 minutes to see off Nishikori, but looked remarkably re-energised during the opening set.dddddddddddd Murray was motoring on serve and equally aggressive in attack. Few were surprised when he grabbed the first crucial break of serve in the sixth game. Murray attempted to lob Wawrinka but struck the scoreboard at The O2 Wawrinka came out knowing that a straight-sets win over Murray would maintain his record of always reaching the last four. He was forced to save three set points when serving to stay alive, but it didnt take long before the Wimbledon champion served it out to seal his semi-final spot. Wawrinka lost his temper so much so that he took out his fury out on not one, but two rackets! World No 3 Wawrinka looked dispirited and was broken in the opening game of the second set and then again in the third, by which time he had lost his composure by dismantling two of his rackets in pure frustration.It wasnt long before Murray completed a masterclass of a performance in an hour and 26 minutes to move back above Djokovic in the race the end the season as No 1. Murray v Wawrinka: Match Stats Murray Wawrinka Aces 3 7 Double faults 2 1 1st serve points won 87% 67% 2nd serve points won 57% 40% Winners 15 29 Unforced errors 13 27 Break points won 3/7 0/2 Total points won 67/118 51/118 Check our game-by-game coverage from all matches at the ATP World Tour Finals in London - including the semi-finals on Saturday - on, our app for mobile devices and iPad and our Twitter account @skysportstennis. Upgrade to Sky Sports now to watch Man Utd v Arsenal this Saturday and get the first six months half price! Also See: As it happened... World No 1 permutations Raonic can only get better WATCH: Murrays double take ' ' 'S. Open in 2010. "My main goal is just to be very consistent this year and a win happens by itself, you dont have to force any of that," she said. World No. 1 Inbee Park, who finished runner-up to Swedens Anna Nordqvist last week at the LPGA Thailand tournament, had a 2-under 70 and was in a tie for seventh with four others. Park, the winner of three majors last year, could lose her top ranking to Suzann Pettersen this week if the Norwegian wins the event and Park doesnt finish higher than a tie for third. Pettersen had a 1-under 71 on Thursday for equal 12th place. "It wasnt a bad putting day, but I hit the ball great today," Park said. "And I didnt get myself in big trouble so thats good." Sixteen-year-old Lydia Ko of New Zealand struggled with her putting, making just two birdies and finishing at 1-over 73, tied for 27th place with Nordqvist, American Michelle Wie, former No. 1 Yani Tseng and several others. Ko is not the youngest in the field this week. Fifteen-year-old Singaporean Amanda Tan won a qualifying tournament in January to become the youngest-ever player at the HSBC Champions. She was in last place after a 7-over 79. ' ' '