LeBron rises as National Basketball Association returns

Ruben Hill
August 2, 2020

Raptors head coach Nick Nurse told reporters this week that he anticipated that his team would kneel for both the USA and Canadian national anthems, prior to Saturday's game against the Los Angeles Lakers. Emotions are running high - and it was obvious from the night's pre-game ceremonies.

Last night's game was TNT's second most viewed of the season, behind the very first Lakers-Clippers game of the season from October of in 2015.

Almost five months later, playing in unprecedented conditions that include virtual fans and piped in noise in the NBA's "bubble" at Walt Disney World, the Raptors quickly made up for lost time. But the Lakers replied and Toronto led just 23-21 to end the first quarter.

The two L.A. teams' Christmas game drew a whopping 9 million overall audiences for ABC as well as ESPN.

The Raptors set the tone for the game with a 13-0 run to begin the game but their consistency was what set them over the edge on Saturday night.

However, there is one more scenario which can play out to secure the top position for the Lakers.

Anunoby, who is rebounded in the COVID-19 lockdown looking better than ever, had a slide and conducting dip, subsequently VanVleet followed it up with another to put Toronto up by 10 with five minutes to perform.

Lowry drained a three over the outstretched hands of Kuzma with 3:01 to play to put Toronto up by 11, hollering animatedly to his teammates during the ensuing timeout. The large bucket set the match out but out of the reach.

"Black Lives Matter" was also written on the courts at the Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando, where the National Basketball Association plans to finish its season with 22 teams inside a bio-secure bubble. Video boards of 300 virtual fans have replaced the jam-packed crowds Toronto is accustomed to playing in front of. The Raptor mascot created a long-distance look, waving his arms, nearly, from a quiz movie display while James shot free throws.

They are front and center in the NBA's restart.

Players wore Black Lives Matter tee shirts in the warm up for both games, and also they were joined by coaches and also referees in taking a knee on behalf of racial justice prior to tip off.

The vast majority of gamers have substituted their own titles to the backs of the jerseys with social and racial justice messages, choosing from a few of dozen drawn up from the group.

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