Roundup: Raptors hand Lakers fifth straight road loss

Landry Fields had a season-high 18 points and 10 rebounds as the Raptors sent the Los Angeles Lakers to their fifth straight road loss, 108-103, Sunday in Toronto.

Kobe Bryant scored 26 points and Pau Gasol had 25 for the Lakers, whose road skid is their longest in six years. Dwight Howard was ejected after drawing his second technical foul with 1:18 left in the first half.

The Lakers fell behind by 15 points midway through the first quarter and lost for the eighth time in 10 games.


‘‘We’ve got a lot of issues,’’ coach Mike D’Antoni said. ‘‘Offensively the ball sticks and we don’t take very good shots. Defensively, ups and downs, we forget guys.’’

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Jose Calderon had 22 points and nine assists and Ed Davis had 18 points and eight rebounds for Toronto. Alan Anderson added 14 points and eight assists as the Raptors ended a four-game losing streak against the Lakers.

‘‘That was one of the most complete games we’ve had all year, top to bottom,’’ Raptors coach Dwane Casey said.

Bryant made 10 of 32 shots, including 3 of 12 on 3-pointers, and complained the ‘‘heavy legs’’ had dulled his shooting effort.

‘‘I’ve just got to rest my legs,’’ Bryant said. ‘‘My legs are a little tired. My shots are just short. That’s on me. I’ll take this loss on me, gladly. There were a lot of easy shots, a lot of them, that I should have put down.


‘‘My offense was sub-par in terms of missing easy shots,’’ he said. ‘‘I've got to do a better job of putting that ball in the hole when the opportunity presents itself.’’

Steve Nash scored 16 points for the poor-shooting Lakers.

‘‘I didn’t feel like we were ready to play,’’ Nash said. ‘‘We cut too many corners at too many different times in the game and had too big a hole to climb out of.’’

Howard got his first technical for arguing after a missed jump shot with 4:43 left in the first quarter. He was tossed after he and Anderson were called on a double technical when they got tangled up after a free throw.

Nuggets 121, Thunder 118 — Kenneth Faried scored the go-ahead layup in overtime, and host Denver overcame 30-plus point games from Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook to snap Oklahoma City’s six-game winning streak.


Corey Brewer scored 26 points, including 15 in the fourth quarter, to lead the Nuggets, who reversed a 20-point loss to Oklahoma City last Wednesday. Danilo Gallinari added 18 points and Faried finished with 16 points and 10 rebounds.

The Thunder, who beat Dallas in overtime Friday night behind a career-high 52 points from Durant, lost for the first time in five overtime games this season. They got 37 points from Durant and 36 from Westbrook.

The game was a difficult one emotionally as well for Thunder coach Scott Brooks, whose 79-year-old mother, Lee, died Saturday.

Mavericks 111, Magic 105 — Shawn Marion had 20 points, and O.J. Mayo and Vince Carter scored 15 apiece as visiting Dallas fought off a late Orlando surge.

The Mavericks led by 13 in the fourth quarter before the Magic pulled within a basket in the final minute.