Bismack Biyombo had a career-high 15 points and 13 rebounds as the Raptors defeated the Los Angeles Lakers 102-93 at Air Canada Centre. The young centre from the Democratic Republic of the Congo was solid throughout his almost 30 minutes on the floor. He made four of his eight field goal attempts and got five of the Raptors’ eight offensive rebounds. Kyle Lowry led Toronto with 27 points, seven rebounds and six assists.
Kobe farewell in Canada:
The fans wanted more of Kobe, he gave them what they asked for. Bryant scored 21 points on 8-for-16 shooting and added eight rebounds, four assists and two steals. The crowd of 20, 163, the largest ever at Air Canada Centre, showed their appreciation with a standing ovation with just over 24 seconds left in the game.
76ers collapse vs the Spurs:
The San Antonio Spurs beat the Philadelphia 76ers 119-68 which was the fifth largest loss in the Sixers history. It did not help that Jerry Colangelo was sitting courtside and that the Spurs rested their starters. Nothing went Philly’s way last night. They shot 34.7 percent from the floor (compared to the Spurs 61.8 percent), were outrebounded by 16 and made only four of their 24 three-point shot attempts.
Suns steal a win in Chicago:
Jeff Hornacek will be happy after Mirza Teletovic’s follow up basket with 0.3 seconds left gave the Suns their first win in five games. Jimmy Butler’s three gave the Bulls 101-96 lead, but Chicago did not score again. Pau Gasol had 22 points and 10 rebounds for the Bulls while the Suns were led by Brandon Knight who got 21 points, three rebounds and three assists.
– Nicolas Batum (Cameroon/Charlotte Hornets) – 34 minutes, 13 points, 7 rebounds, 8 assists
– Boris Diaw (Senegal/San Antonio Spurs) – 16 minutes, 7 points, 3 rebounds, 5 assists
– Luol Deng (South Sudan/Miami Heat) – did not play (hamstring)
– Salah Mejri (Tunisia/Dallas Mavericks) – did not play, coach’s decision
– Bismack Biyombo (DRC/Toronto Raptors) – 29 minutes, 15 points, 13 rebounds, 2 blocks
– Giannis Antetokounmpo (Nigeria/Milwaukee Bucks) – 31 minutes, 17 points, 9 rebounds, 2 blocks
– Al-Farouq Aminu (Nigeria/Portland Trail Blazers) – 30 minutes, 9 points, 5 rebounds, 2 steals
– Noah Vonleh (Liberia/Portland Trail Blazers) – 14 minutes, 6 points, 7 rebounds
– Luc Mbah a Moute (Cameroon/LA Clippers) – 16 minutes, 1 point, 3 rebounds
– Gorgui Dieng (Senegal/Minnesota Timberwolves) – 30 minutes, 14 points, 5 rebounds
Joakim Noah (Cameroon/Chicago Bulls) – 21 minutes, 3 points, 9 rebounds, 6 assists