TORONTO — The Toronto Raptors continue to prove that they can win, no matter who — and who isn’t — playing.
Kawhi Leonard scored 25 points as the Raptors beat familiar foe LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers 111-98 on Thursday night, using another mixed bag of players in their revolving door of lineups.
And in the post-game locker-room, when someone pointed out to Pascal Siakam that he and Danny Green are the only two Raptors to be on the floor for almost every game this season, the six-foot-eight forward threw his head back and laughed.
“I feel like I need a raise,” Siakam joked. “Oh, man. Oh man. For me, I’m down for whatever. That’s the type of guy that I am. Being able to be out there every night, that’s a blessing to me.”
Normal Powell finished with 20 points, Siakam had 16 and Marc Gasol chipped in with 15 for the Raptors (49-20), who were missing both Kyle Lowry and Serge Ibaka.
James, who all but singlehandedly halted Toronto’s playoff runs in their tracks the past three seasons with Cleveland, finished with 29 points for the Lakers (31-37). Alex Caruso added a career-high 16 points.
The Raptors were coming off arguably their ugliest game of the season, a 126-101 defeat in Cleveland on Monday that saw Ibaka slapped with a three-game suspension for fighting. Lowry also suffe