Raptors' Kawhi Leonard sits vs. Lakers with foot soreness


Leonard and Nurse both said that the injury does not appear to be serious. "The best thing is he's doing it with some real good composure".

Toronto opened a stunning 31-point lead in the first quarter and didn't let it dwindle significantly until the final minutes, when the Lakers' youngster got the margin down to 117-107 with LeBron James on the bench.

After Sunday's outburst, Ibaka is averaging a career-high 18.1 points per game, while his 56.8 percent shooting percentage and 7.6 rebounds per game are the highest totals he has posted in years.

Leonard is sitting out for the third time in his first 10 games with the Raptors.

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Forward Kawhi Leonard was hurt late in the fourth quarter; coach Nick Nurse said after the game that Leonard suffered a jammed foot.

The decision deprived Lakers fans of their only chance this season to see Leonard, who could be an unrestricted free agent coveted by their team next summer. The Lakers would love to sign a second superstar like Leonard, who grew up in the Inland Empire area one hour east of Los Angeles. OG Anunoby took Leonard's spot in the starting lineup and contributed seven points.

The 25-point deficit was a franchise-worst mark for the first quarter of a game played in the shot clock era (1954-55). Toronto took a 41-10 lead with 2:21 still remaining in the first quarter, and Ibaka outscored the Lakers 20-17 in the opening period. Ibaka went 11 for 11 in the first half, while Lowry had 12 assists as the Raptors hit six 3-pointers and forced nine turnovers.