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LeBron forced to watch as Lakers' season continues to slip away

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For a moment it felt like déjà vu at Scotiabank Arena.

After the Toronto Raptors had built a comfortable lead in Thursday’s matchup with the Los Angeles Lakers — notably the first and only time LeBron James played in Toronto this season— the King took to the court in the second quarter and went to work.

Within a handful of possessions, James had grabbed a few rebounds, set up his teammates, and rumbled his way through the Raptors defense for at least one imposing throwdown.

LeBron's dropping dimes #LakeShow pic.twitter.com/BTDJEguJVO

— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) March 15, 2019

LeBron James coming right down the middle pic.twitter.com/4DRjzRh0V7

— Def Pen Hoops (@DefPenHoops) March 15, 2019

Suddenly what had been an 11-point Raptors lead had been cut down to two and James was providing a flashback to a not-so-distant era when the four-time MVP seemed to particularly revel in sticking the dagger into the Raptors.

The building had a different name the last time James came into town and took over, but the feeling was just the same.

For the better part of his career, James owned Toronto’s home court, the Raptors merely his tenant as the greatest player of his generation has averaged 27.7 points, seven rebounds, and 7.7. assists in 53 career games versus the Raps — to say nothing of his playoff success against the organization he’s not-so-kindly seen to the door in each of the past three seasons.

So when James and his undermanned Lakers, who were missing a handful of key players to injury, were mounting a comeback there was an almost inherent sense of impending doom in the arena.

But then something........

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