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Toronto Raptors blow out Los Angeles Lakers 113-80

Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan drives past Los Angeles Lakers guard Jose Calderon during first half NBA basketball action in Toronto on Friday, December 2, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

TORONTO – Kyle Lowry scored 24 points in just 31 minutes of work Friday night, leading the Toronto Raptors to an easy 113-80 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers.

DeMar DeRozan had 16 points, and passed Vince Carter to become second among franchise leaders in field goals made. Chris Bosh is No. 1.

Norm Powell had 16 points, including a couple of huge dunks, for Toronto (13-6), while Cory Joseph had 14, and Lucas Nogueira chipped in with 13.

Brandon Ingram scored 17 points to lead Los Angeles (10-11), while former Raptor Jose Calderon, acquired in the off-season as a veteran presence on a young Lakers squad, finished with five points and five rebounds.

On the first night of back-to-back games, and playing a rebuilding Lakers squad, a massive fourth-quarter lead allowed DeRozan and Lowry to rest for almost all of the fourth quarter.

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The Raptors led for most of the night, and took an 84-62 advantage into the fourth quarter in front of a capacity Air Canada Centre crowd of 19,800. A layup by Joseph with 6:55 to play stretched the gap to 28 points, and Casey looked to his bench, sending in Fred VanVleet, Pascal Siakam, Jakob Poeltl, and Bruno Caboclo to finish the job.

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