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The Los Angeles Lakers opened up the 2014 Summer League tournament with a loss to the Toronto Raptors, 88-78. The Raptors got ahead early and never looked back.
The Raptors were led by former Northwestern Wildcat, John Shurna, who finished with 21 points on 6 for 9 shooting field and 5 for 8 from behind the 3 point line. The entire Raptors team shot well from both the 3 point line where they were 12 for 24 and got to the line 27 times, connecting on 21 of those opportunities.
Second round pick for the Lakers (via Washington), Jordan Clarkson, was impressive in defeat. Clarkson led the Lakers in scoring with 21 points on 7 for 15 from the field and 2 for 4 from three. Clarkson added 4 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals while playing 36 out of a possible 40 minutes. Kevin Murphy, who last played in the NBA for the Utah Jazz in 2013, scored 16 points in 24 minutes off the bench.
Kendall Marshall, who got off to a surprising start after being picked up from the D-League by the Lakers last season, had a disappointing game. Marshall scored a putrid 5 points on 2 for 8 from the field; he added 5 assists but also had 4 turnovers.
Lakers first round pick, Julius Randle, is in Las Vegas with the team, but did not play. The Lakers have yet to sign Randle but should have him under contract before Summer League play ends.
The Lakers will play again on Sunday against the New Orleans Pelicans at 1:30 PM Pacific time.
– Fern Rea
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