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Raptors use fast start to beat Lakers

LOS ANGELES—Serge Ibaka outscored the Lakers by himself in the first quarter and he didn't miss a shot until the third.

He beat L.A. inside and outside on the way to the biggest offensive game of his career.

Thanks to Ibaka's brilliance for the Toronto Raptors, Kawhi Leonard wasn't missed by anyone except the Lakers' fans who might have been hoping to entice him home.

Vikings visiting Rams on short rest

LOS ANGELES—Kirk Cousins was an eager young quarterback and Sean McVay a precocious offensive co-ordinator when they got together in Washington.

After they collaborated on two tremendously-productive seasons, the partnership led to big things for both men: McVay became the NFL's youngest head coach in Los Angeles while Cousins got an $84-million contract in Minnesota.

Lakers' opt to retire both Kobe jerseys

LOS ANGELES—Although Kobe Bryant has been asked many times, he still isn't sure who would win a mystical game of one-on-one between the young Kobe in his No. 8 Lakers' jersey and his older self, who wore No. 24.

“I kind of go back and forth,” Bryant said with a sly grin.

“But 8 has something that 24 will never, ever, ever have and that's the ability to grow hair.”