Anthony Davis scored 41 points, including 20 in the fourth quarter, as the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Toronto Raptors 132-131 on Tuesday, winning two games in a row for the first time in a month.
LeBron James scored 22 points and 12 assists for the Lakers. Davis also grabbed 11 rebounds in the win.
Scottie Barnes scored 26 points for the Raptors and Pascal Siakam 25. RJ Barrett added 23 points for the Raptors, while Immanuel Quickley scored 21 points, including four three-point baskets.
Using a three-point basket, Gary Trent Jr. made it 121-120 for the Raptors with 1:08 remaining in regulation.
However, Davis and Austin Reeves hit 10 straight free throws in the final 34 seconds of the game to help the Lakers win, despite three-point baskets from Dennis Schroder and Trent in the final four seconds.
The Lakers scored as many as 23 free throws in the fourth quarter alone, and 36 in total, while the Raptors were limited to 13 free throws in the game. Raptors coach Darko Rajakovic was angry after the game.
“It's a scandal. What happened tonight was bullshit. It's a disgrace. Shame on the referees. Shame on the league for allowing this. Twenty-three free throws for them, and only two for us in the fourth quarter? How should we play this sport? ” A frustrated Rajakovic said. “I understand that we respect stars, but we also have stars on our team.”
“How can Scotty Barnes, who is at the All-Star level in this league, go to the hoop so hard and not try to get fouled, and only get two free throws? How is that possible? How are you going to explain that to me?” Rajakovic said, He hits the table repeatedly.
The Raptors announced earlier Tuesday that center Jakob Poeltl will be out indefinitely with a sprained left ankle.
The Raptors said Poeltl was injured in the third quarter of their 133-118 win over the Golden State Warriors on Sunday.
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