First place Raptors clobber Lakers, Bucks topple Kings

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The Raptors have also garnered attention on the National Basketball Association championship odds during their hot start, moving past the Lakers and Houston Rockets to trail only the Golden State Warriors and Boston Celtics as a +900 wager on those National Basketball Association futures.

"It was very, very hard to make a game of it when you are trying to expend so much energy trying to get back into it", said James. "And my experience, unfortunately, most of the time that the player like Kawhi sits out, that team ends up winning or at least goes on a hell of a run". Serge Ibaka stood out for Toronto in Leonard's absence, scoring 26 in the first half and finishing with 34 points on 15-of-17 shooting.

Leonard said the injury wasn't serious, although the team listed him as questionable to face the Lakers.

For James, playing in the Lakers' Sunday whites for the first time, it was a reminder of a dark day in his final season with the Miami Heat when his team also was outscored by 25, 43-18, in the first quarter on January 15, 2014.

Under normal circumstances, the Lakers could move on and focus on their next game against the Minnesota Timberwolves.

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"Yeah, but you still learn from it", James said.

Milwaukee, who improved to 8-1 on the season, recorded a season-high for points in a game and made a franchise record 22 threes. "You don't look too much into it".

Toronto took a 71-49 lead into halftime.

The Raptors never allowed the Jazz to come within 10 points during the entire second half, and from about midway through the third quarter on, the game was never in question.

In the locker room, Bron told reporters it felt like the team got "hit in the mouth" and they didn't have a response. "There was a lot of things we could have done better today".

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