No there were a host of reasons why the Raptors dominated the Jazz in winning for the fifth time in the last six years at Vivint Arena, improving their NBA-best record to 10-1 and handing the Jazz (now 0-4 at home) their fourth straight loss.
"I thought we came out of the gate with a lot of good energy", Jazz head coach Quin Snyder said. He was overpowering while the Raptors jumped to a stunning 31-point lead in the first quarter, and he returned in the final minutes to close out Toronto's eighth consecutive win over the Lakers.
"The little things that made us so good previous year - we haven't really done any of them to this point", Joe Ingles said. "But the larger thing is we've got to guard". "And they put it on us".More news: Magaya in court over HIV ‘cure’
"We allowed them to go wherever they wanted to go, however they wanted to go, and they got into a comfort zone".
Leonard, 27, missed all but nine games last season, his last with the San Antonio Spurs, because of the injured quad.
Leonard said the injury wasn't serious, although the team listed him as questionable to face the Lakers. Nurse doesn't know whether Leonard will play Monday at Utah. Devin Booker played the entire fourth quarter Sunday with five fouls, but they needed him on the court to spark a 21-7 fourth-quarter run to make it a game again. Fans at courtside included Denzel Washington, Kristen Bell, Dax Shepard, Ariel Winter, middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez, New York Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr. and UFC featherweight title contender Brian Ortega, who will fight Max Holloway for the belt in Toronto on December 8. If there was a mercy rule in basketball the Lakers would have exercised it in the first.
Leonard could decline his 2019-20 player option and become an unrestricted free agent in the summer of 2019.