(TORONTO) — With Kobe Bryant’s return to the team unknown, guard Nick Young has picked up the slack in production as he scored a game-high 29 points in Los Angeles Lakers 112-106 win over the Toronto Raptors on Sunday.
Young was suspended during the team’s game against the Boston Celtics on Friday after a confrontation with Phoenix Suns point guard Gordon Dragic, but he made his presence felt in his return.
The Lakers have now won two-straight games and are starting to gain confidence.
“It’s really gratifying to win back-to-back games on the road, especially with the way we’ve been struggling,” center Pau Gasol said. “I’m just really proud of the guys. They’re stepping up, they’re bringing the effort, bringing the intensity, bringing the focus and not wanting to give up.”
Point guard Kendall Marshall continued his stellar play for the team as he dished out 11 assists. Marshall is averaging 12.4 assists per game in the month of January.
Meanwhile, the Raptors still hold a 3 1/2 game lead over the Brooklyn Nets in the Atlantic Division standings.
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