Toronto 89, L.A. Lakers 71

LAS VEGAS, July 18 – The Toronto Raptors defeated the Los Angeles Lakers 89-71 on the back of Joey Graham’s 20-point outing on Friday during the 2008 NBA Summer League Presented by EA SPORTS.

“For us, it’s good to get a win because that’s first and foremost out there,” Graham said. “We’ve been playing well this week, and tonight we put it all together and we got a W, so we’re happy about that.”

The Raptors led the Lakers throughout the first quarter, outscoring Los Angeles by one, 24-23. The Raptors trio of Deji Akindele, John Lucas, and Graham combined for 18 of the team’s 24 points. In the second quarter, Toronto continued to dominate, beating the Lakers 23-15 before claiming a commanding nine-point lead at the half, 47-38.

In the second half, Toronto mounted a 15-point advantage, 69-54 with under a minute to play in the third quarter, before stretching its lead to as many as 26 in the second half.

Pat Calathes came out strong for the Lakers, scoring 10 points, while Lorenzo Mata-Real finished with a game-high 11 rebounds to go with five points.