A couple of weeks ago, if you would've said the Lakers would win a game in which LeBron James didn't play and Anthony Davis scored eight points, you would've been dismissed as a lunatic.
But that's exactly what happened Friday night. LeBron didn't play. Davis was doubled all night and held to eight points. And the Lakers defeated the Toronto Raptors 122-112 for their third straight win.
"That we were able to come away with this win against a really good team with only eight from [Davis], that's a sign of growth," Lakers coach Darvin Ham said. "That's a sign of how deep and talented we are."
Since the new guys showed up after the trade deadline, the Lakers are 8-3. LeBron only played in three of those games, and D'Angelo Russell missed the last six before Friday. The Lakers are currently sitting in the No. 9 seed, but they are just one loss back of the No. 5 Clippers with 15 games to play. There is a legitimate shot here to climb above the play-in line and earn an automatic postseason berth.