Toronto 108, L.A. Lakers 102
TORONTO, Feb. 27 (Ticker) --
Late heroics by Jalen Rose
and Donyell Marshall
lifted the Toronto Raptors to rare success against the
Los Angeles Lakers.
Rose and Marshall combined to score the final 10 points as the
Raptors posted a 108-102 victory over the Lakers.
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It was Toronto's first win against Los Angeles since Dec. 28, 2001 and first home triumph over the Lakers since Nov. 8, 1996.
Scoring 12 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter, Rose hit two
free throws with 2:17 left to trigger the 10-0 closing run. He
added a layup 34 seconds later to tie the score at 102-102 and
gave Toronto the lead for good with a jumper from just inside
the 3-point arc with 1:02 remaining.
"He's been playing great and he can do a lot of things," Lakers
coach Frank Hamblen
said of Rose. "He's really been on a roll
"I'm just happy the shots I was getting were good shots and guys
were finding me in the fourth quarter for baskets when we
needed them," Rose said. "My teammates have a lot of confidence
in me, but it was definitely a team win."
Marshall, who had 19 points and nine rebounds off the bench,
grabbed a clutch offensive board following a miss by Rose and
hit the two ensuing free throws to give Toronto a four-point
lead with 27 seconds remaining.
The subject of trade rumors prior to Thursday's deadline,
Marshall has averaged 15 points in five games since going
scoreless in a 106-91 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers on Feb. 11.
"Donyell is a very valuable player and today he showed why,"
Raptors forward Chris Bosh
The Raptors took a 65-55 lead into halftime, marking the most
points they have scored in a first half this season. They
matched a franchise record with nine 3-pointers, including four
by Marshall, over the first 24 minutes.
"Any time you give up 65 points in the first half you know
you're in for a long game," Lakers forward Lamar Odom
hit a 3-pointer with 6:55 left in the third quarter
to give the Raptors an 80-65 advantage, but Chucky Atkins
scored 11 points as the Lakers closed the period on a 20-6 run
to pull within two points.
scored five straight points before finding Slava Medvedenko
, who capped a 10-2 run that gave Los Angeles a 94-92
lead with 5:42 left.
Bryant scored 31 points and fell two assists and two rebounds
shy of a triple-double for the Lakers, who had won nine of the
previous 10 meetings with the Raptors.
"They are a gutsy team," Bryant said. "They played well
defensively and made plays when they needed to make them and got
Bryant, who scored just 10 points in the second half, missed a
25-foot jumper over Bosh with 53 seconds left that would have
tied the game.
"I just missed the shot," Bryant said. "(Bosh is) a long kid
with long arms and he contested the jumper well."
Bosh posted a double-double of 12 points and 15 rebounds for the
Raptors, who eclipsed the 100-point plateau for a season-high
fifth straight time. Toronto has gone 4-1 during that span.
Atkins, who shot 4-of-5 from 3-point range, scored 22 points in
Los Angeles' second straight defeat on the heels of its first
three-game winning streak of the season.
"We shouldn't have any excuses," Atkins said. "We're in the
eighth spot (in the Western Conference) trying to make a playoff
run. I hope at the end of the season we don't look back at this
game and say that's a game we should have won."