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Raptors beat Lakers, LeBron struggling with limited minutes

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Mar 14, 2019 4:43 PM 1+ week ago

Kawhi Leonard scored 25 points, Norman Powell had 20 and the Toronto Raptors beat James and the Los Angeles Lakers 111-98 on Thursday night.

James scored 29 points and Alex Caruso had a career-high 16 for Los Angeles. The struggling Lakers lost for the sixth time in seven games, further denting their fading playoff hopes.

Earlier this month, after consulting with James' personal trainer, the Lakers said James would play limited minutes the rest of the season, and might sit out one of any back-to-back games

"It's challenging for me mentally, because I'm so accustomed to being out on the floor, especially when I'm healthy," James said. "This is the direction they wanted to go the remainder of the season, given the lack of success we've had with our ball club."

James played 32 minutes Thursday and has not played more than 33 in any of the past four games. His status for Friday's game at Detroit is not known.

"With the injuries we have and ...

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