Man City pow­ers on, Chelsea up to 2nd af­ter win

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LOS AN­GE­LES — Serge Ibaka made his first 14 shots on the way to a ca­reer-high 34 points, and the Toronto Rap­tors didn't need an in­jured Kawhi Leonard in a 121-107 vic­tory over the Los An­ge­les Lak­ers on Sun­day night (Mon­day, PHL time).

Ibaka had 10 re­bounds and didn't miss a shot un­til 5:16 re­mained in the third quar­ter, fin­ish­ing 15-of-17 in a master­ful per­for­mance. Kyle Lowry added 21 points and 15 as­sists as the Eastern Con­fer­ence-lead­ing Rap­tors im­proved to 9-1 with their eighth con­sec­u­tive win over the Lak­ers since 2014.

Toronto opened a stun­ning 31-point lead in the first quar­ter and didn't let it dwin­dle sig­nif­i­cantly un­til the fi­nal min­utes, when the Lak­ers' young­ster got the mar­gin down to 117-107 with LeBron James on the bench. Toronto was forced to rein­sert its starters in the fi­nal min­utes to pre­serve the win.

James fin­ished with 18 points and six as­sists. Kyle Kuzma scored 24 points and Bran­don In­gram added 16 for the Lak­ers, They are 4-6 af­ter their first 10 games with James.

Leonard sat out with sore­ness in his left foot, de­priv­ing Lak­ers fans of their only look at the su­per­star be­fore he could be­come an un­re­stricted free agent next sum­mer. The Lak­ers would love to sign a sec­ond su­per­star like Leonard, who grew up in the In­land Em­pire area one hour east of Los An­ge­les.

While the Rap­tors em­bar­rassed Los An­ge­les with­out any help from Leonard, the Lak­ers fol­lowed a re­silient win in Port­land on Satur­day night (Sun­day, PHL time) with per­haps their worst half since James' ar­rival.

Toronto took a 41-10 lead with 2:21 still re­main­ing in the first quar­ter, and Ibaka outscored the Lak­ers by him­self (20-17) in the open­ing pe­riod. Ibaka went 11-for-11 in the first half, while Lowry had 12 as­sists as the Rap­tors hit six three-point­ers and forced nine turnovers.

The Lak­ers also missed their first eight three-point at­tempts be­fore James made back-to-back triples in the third quar­ter.

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Rap­tors: At Utah on Mon­day night (Tues­day, PHL time).

Lak­ers: Host Min­nesota on Wed­nes­day night (Thurs­day, PHL time).

LON­DON — Manch­ester City dis­played ruth­less ef­fi­ciency on Sun­day to raise more ques­tions over who can stop Pep Guardi­ola's team pow­er­ing to a sec­ond straight English Pre­mier League crown.

Ra­heem Ster­ling scored twice and goal-poacher Ser­gio Aguero was also on tar­get as City marched back to the top of the stand­ings with a 6-1 vic­tory against Southamp­ton at the Eti­had Sta­dium.

Guardi­ola's play­ers pun­ished al­most ev­ery mis­take made in the open­ing stages by a be­lea­guered Southamp­ton side as they led 3-0 af­ter just 18 min­utes.

The visi­tors pulled one back with a penalty but it proved a mi­nor set­back for City, which again dom­i­nated Southamp­ton in the sec­ond half.

"I thought it was a great team per­for­mance," Ster­ling said. "We were bril­liant at times to­day. It is great times at the mo­ment."

In Sun­day's other game, sec­ond­place Chelsea breezed past Crys­tal Palace 3-1 at Stam­ford Bridge.

Al­varo Morata con­tin­ued his re­cent resur­gence with two goals and fel­low Spaniard Pe­dro added a third as Chelsea proved too strong for Roy Hodg­son's Palace.

Un­beaten Chelsea made a slow start but Morata cheered the Stam­ford Bridge crowd by putting his side in front from close range in the 32nd af­ter pounc­ing on a cross by Pe­dro.

Palace, beaten in its pre­vi­ous five league matches, lev­eled early in the sec­ond half when James McArthur sent An­dros Townsend rac­ing clear and he slammed a fe­ro­cious right-foot shot into the net.

Chelsea re­acted by bring­ing on dan­ger­man Eden Haz­ard and Ma­teo Ko­vacic for Wil­lian and Ross Barkley, and within min­utes the home team was back in front.

Haz­ard took a free kick on the right and the ball eluded sev­eral play­ers in the penalty box be­fore reach­ing the un­marked Morata at the back post, and he struck his fourth goal in his last four league games.

Pe­dro added the third goal from a left-wing cross by an­other Spaniard, Mar­cos Alonso, in the 72nd as Chelsea moved on to the same points tally as Liver­pool, two be­hind City.

Jose Sanchez) (AP Photo/Mar­cio

Los An­ge­les Lak­ers' LeBron James (23) drives to the bas­ket be­tween Toronto Rap­tors' Serge Ibaka (9) and Danny Green (14) dur­ing the first half of an NBA bas­ket­ball game Sun­day, Nov. 4, 2018, in Los An­ge­les.

(AP Photo/Rui Vieira)

Manch­ester City's Leroy Sane (left) du­els for the ball with Southamp­ton's Cedric Soares dur­ing the English Pre­mier League soc­cer match be­tween Manch­ester City and Southamp­ton at Eti­had sta­dium in Manch­ester, Eng­land, Sun­day, Nov. 4, 2018.

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