How did coach Mike D'Antoni reflect on hitting the halfway point?
"I don’t really know what the halfway point feels like," said D'Antoni before Sunday's win. "It feels like we’ll be playing awhile and we got awhile to go."
The question is whether the second half of the season will feel as long and arduous as the first.
"We just have a lot of injuries and a lot of stuff," D'Antoni said. "We got some guys who are improving and we’re not as good as we’d like to be, obviously this last stretch really knocked us for a loop, but our whole goal is to get back and win one at a time and play well, just get better, keep our energy up and our spirits up and see if we can have a good second half."
Maybe the way L.A. closed out the last game of the first 41, with a win in Toronto, will be a sign of what's in store for the final 41.
How it happened: After trailing by as many as 19 points in the first half, the Lakers took a one-point lead into the fourth quarter. That's when Nick Young, back from a one-game suspension (or "vacation" as he jokingly called it at Saturday's practice) took over, scoring 15 of his 29 points to lead L.A. to the win.
What it means: The Lakers now have their first two-game winning streak since Dec. 17 at Memphis and Dec. 20 at home against Minnesota and did it against a solid Raptors team that had won six straight games at home and 14 of their last 20 overall.
Hits:Pau Gasol kept up his recent hot streak with 20 points and nine rebounds.
In the first start of his NBA career, rookie Ryan Kelly had 17 points on 5-for-7 shooting with five rebounds and two assists.
Kendall Marshall registered his fifth straight double-double with 10 points and 11 assists.
L.A. shot 26-for-28 from the free throw line (92.9 percent) and 12-for-22 from the 3-point line (54.5 percent) as a team.
Misses: The Raptors outrebounded the Lakers 47-30.
Stat of the game: 0-for-10. After shooting 5-for-5 on 3-pointers in the first quarter, Toronto was held to an 0-for-10 mark in the second quarter, helping the Lakers cut a seven-point deficit down to four by halftime. The Raptors finished the game shooting 8-for-28 (28.6 percent) from 3.
Up next: The Lakers have four games left on their Grammy road trip, starting with the second night of back-to-backs in Chicago on Monday, followed by a back-to-back in Miami and Orlando on Thursday and Friday before wrapping things up with a Sunday matinee against the New York Knicks.