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Raptors, Lakers battle in Toronto matinee

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Los Angeles Lakers snapped a six-game losing streak last time out and they will try to gain some momentum Sunday afternoon when they visit Air Canada Centre to meet the Toronto Raptors.

The Lakers hadn't won since Jan. 3 until Friday's night victory in Boston over the Celtics. LA prevailed 107-104 despite a highly emotional night that saw Rajon Rondo return to the Celtics lineup after ACL surgery and get named captain of the team.

The Lakers were down eight with four minutes to go in Beantown, but held the Celtics to 1-for-9 shooting to end the game. LA made three consecutive 3- pointers to not only erase the deficit, but take the lead.

"Came down to getting stops. We hadn't had a problem scoring at all. Late in that fourth quarter we found a way to get stops, which was huge for us," Lakers guard Kendall Marshall said.

Pau Gasol led the Lakers with 24 points, 13 rebounds and six assists while Marshall made 4-of-5 from beyond the arc en route to 19 points and 14 assists. Ryan Kelly scored 20 points, Jodie Meeks added 17 and Wesley Johnson totaled 11 points and 11 boards.

Kobe Bryant spoke to the media before Friday's game and updated his timetable for return following a broken bone in his knee. He said he will be re- evaluated in early February and won't sit out the season even if the Lakers are out of the playoff hunt.

"To think about sitting out and this, that and the other, your motivation is all wrong. I refuse to think that way," Bryant said.

The Raptors have been playing great basketball of late, winning four of their last five. They own a four-game lead over the Brooklyn Nets in the Atlantic Division.

On Friday, Kyle Lowry had 24 points on 6-of-9 shooting from beyond the arc with six assists and five rebounds to lead the Raptors to a 94-89 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Amir Johnson added 19 points, Terrence Ross had 16 and DeMar DeRozan chipped in with 15 points for the Raptors, who picked up their sixth consecutive win overall at Air Canada Centre.

"I thought Amir Johnson did a yeoman's job down low and our bigs did well," Toronto coach Dwane Casey admitted. "You have to command the paint against them and box out."

This is the first time the Raptors won six in a row at home since Jan. 17 - Feb. 10, 2010, when Toronto posted eight straight wins at Air Canada Centre.

The Raptors beat the Lakers in Los Angeles on Dec. 8, but the Lakers have won 12 of the last 16 matchups. The teams split the last four meetings in the great north.

01/19 10:12:48 ET

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2013 - 2014 Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Toronto 48 34 .585 --- 26-15 22-19 32-20 L 1
x-Brooklyn 44 38 .537 4 28-13 16-25 26-26 L 2
New York 37 45 .451 11 19-22 18-23 26-26 W 4
Boston 25 57 .305 23 16-25 9-32 21-31 L 2
Philadelphia 19 63 .232 29 10-31 9-32 14-38 W 2
 
Central W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Indiana 56 26 .683 --- 35-6 21-20 38-14 W 2
x-Chicago 48 34 .585 8 27-14 21-20 35-17 L 1
Cleveland 33 49 .402 23 19-22 14-27 21-31 W 1
Detroit 29 53 .354 27 17-24 12-29 23-29 L 4
Milwaukee 15 67 .183 41 10-31 5-36 12-40 L 3
 
Southeast W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Miami 54 28 .659 --- 32-9 22-19 34-18 L 3
x-Washington 44 38 .537 10 22-19 22-19 33-19 W 4
x-Charlotte 43 39 .524 11 25-16 18-23 30-22 W 3
x-Atlanta 38 44 .463 16 24-17 14-27 28-24 W 1
Orlando 23 59 .280 31 19-22 4-37 17-35 L 4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
2013 - 2014 Western Conference Standings
 
Northwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Oklahoma City 59 23 .720 --- 34-7 25-16 36-16 W 1
x-Portland 54 28 .659 5 31-10 23-18 31-21 W 5
Minnesota 40 42 .488 19 24-17 16-25 23-29 L 3
Denver 36 46 .439 23 22-19 14-27 20-32 L 2
Utah 25 57 .305 34 16-25 9-32 13-39 W 1
 
Pacific W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-LA Clippers 57 25 .695 --- 34-7 23-18 36-16 L 1
x-Golden State 51 31 .622 6 27-14 24-17 31-21 W 2
Phoenix 48 34 .585 9 26-15 22-19 28-24 W 1
Sacramento 28 54 .341 29 17-24 11-30 15-37 L 1
LA Lakers 27 55 .329 30 14-27 13-28 15-37 W 2
 
Southwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-San Antonio 62 20 .756 --- 32-9 30-11 38-14 L 2
x-Houston 54 28 .659 8 33-8 21-20 31-21 L 1
x-Memphis 50 32 .610 12 27-14 23-18 29-23 W 5
x-Dallas 49 33 .598 13 26-15 23-18 29-23 L 1
New Orleans 34 48 .415 28 22-19 12-29 15-37 W 2
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
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