Russell Westbrook, Lakers Get Last Laugh In OT Win Over Raptors

Toronto fans trolled Russell Westbrook coming into Friday’s matchup, but the Lakers guard got the last laugh. 

Friday night marked the second Lakers-Raptors contest of the week. Unlike Monday’s loss at Arena, the rematch’s Lakers squad played with life: beating the Raptors in overtime, 128-123.

Russell Westbrook

Toronto led a commanding third quarter, which felt like the beginning of another Lakers loss.

Then, the type of game that longtime Lakers fans had been waiting for miraculously unfolded.

Lakers role players stepping up; LA got to crush the hopes of a jesting fanbase, that certainly saw the matchup as a dub; and the Lakers showed up in crunch time.

Coach Frank Vogel and the team held Toronto to seven points in the added period, while the shots kept falling in for LA.

Vogel (finally) decided to insert Wenyen Gabriel and Dwight Howard into the lineup to provide some size on the defensive end.

Gabriel was a diligent wing presence all evening and stepped up big for the win: hustling for 17 points, five rebounds and three assists.

Wenyen knocked down his three-point attempts (3-3) and led a solid defensive effort against the playoff-bound Raptors lineup.

Raptors forward Scottie Barnes led another memorable night against the Lakers: scoring 31 points and adding 17 rebounds and six assists. Raptors guard Fred VanVleet scored 20, but didn’t connect from the 3 compared to his trip to Crypto on Monday.

Gabriel and Westbrook were the only starters for LA to end in the plus.

And Russ had himself a night.

When the game was Toronto’s to lose as they inbounded the ball with a three-point lead and 10.3 seconds left in the game, Westbrook swooped in to make the steal and kept fans on edge as he rushed for a quick 3 to tie the game. 

Having bricked a three-pointer in the previous possession (down 116-113), Russ found behind the arc, once again.

On his second attempt to send the game into OT, Westbrook saw his shot hit nylon for the score.

Russ celebrated his greatest highlight as a Laker this season and the Lakers braced for overtime. 116-116.

Westbrook ended with 22 points, 10 rebounds 10 assists.

LeBron James had a strong outing that flew under the radar, in a manner that only LBJ could: tallying 36 points, nine rebounds, seven assists and two blocks.

Los Angeles nabbed a much-needed win in Game 2 of a four-game road trip.

The Lakers move on to the next — set to face the Wizards on Saturday. 

Los Angeles snapped an 11-game losing streak on the road with their win over Toronto.

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