LeBron James had 20 points and 10 rebounds, and Anthony Davis had just 14 points after he scored 34 in a win against the Los Angeles Clippers in their first game back on Thursday night. In addition to Lowry, OG Anunoby scored 23 points and stood tall in the task of guarding LeBron James while Fred VanVleet and Pascal Siakam each scored in double figures.
The NBA's restart is unprecedented. The bets, on many levels, are enormous. Emotions are running high - and it was obvious from the night's pre-game ceremonies.
Heat center Meyers Leonard stood during the national anthem, saying it was out of respect for the USA military, while all the coaches and players around him kneeled. "Linking arms on a point behind the phrases" Black Lives Issue" on the courtroom, the Raptors altered knees in unison involving" The Star-Spangled Banner" and" O Canada", a potent message of togetherness.
The teams were to meet on March 11 in Oklahoma City, but everything changed when Utah center Rudy Gobert's COVID-19 test came up positive right before the tip.
"Nearly five months after, playing unprecedented conditions which have virtual lovers and piped in sound in the NBA's" bubble" in Walt Disney World, the Raptors immediately made up for lost time.
Toronto (47-18) used a 10-0 run in the fourth quarter for 93-83 lead after a dunk by Anunoby and a 3-pointer by VanVleet with 4:52 left.
L.A. took its first lead of the match early in the moment, then obtained a 44-41 direct into the halftime break from the low-scoring match between the team's top two defensive teams. But the Lakers had sliced Toronto's advantage to 72-70 with one quarter to play.
"He was vintage Kyle tonight", coach Nick Nurse said.
Lowry emptied a three on the outstretched palms of Kuzma using 3:01 to perform with to put Toronto up 11, hollering animatedly into his teammates during the ensuing timeout. The big bucket put the game all but out of reach.
Four months after the league shut down in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the National Basketball Association is restarting its season with 22 teams based inside a secure "bubble" at Disney World in Orlando, Florida. They face Miami on Monday.
The stadium images talk of those extraordinary occasions. Video boards of 300 virtual fans have replaced the jam-packed crowds Toronto is accustomed to playing in front of.
Tipping off weeks after the killing of George Floyd sparked an American uprising - numerous NBA players marched in protests in the days that followed - the NBA vowed that the return of basketball wouldn't be a distraction from racial and social justice issues.
Large "Black Lives Matter" slogans have been written on each court, while players are allowed to wear jerseys adorned with messages ranging from "I Can't Breathe" to "Justice Now" and "Education Reform".