"I just wanted to get healthy".
But despite missing four of Toronto's first 11 outings, Leonard continues to lead the team in points per game, rebounds per game, and steals per game, and has vaulted to a +650 bet on the odds to win NBA MVP, well ahead of the +950 odds he sported on opening night.
Ibaka, who finished 15-for-17 from the field, made his first 14 shots to start the game - the most by an National Basketball Association player since Shaquille O'Neal did so for the Miami Heat on February 25, 2006, against the Seattle SuperSonics.
Following Wednesday night's clash in Sacramento the Raptors return home for Saturday, when they open a three-game homestand with a visit from the New York Knicks followed by a Monday night date with the New Orleans Pelicans.
Over the past several years, when Ibaka spent most of his time floating around the 3-point arc as a power forward, he wouldn't have come close to having this kind of a performance.
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Magic Johnson has said that he won't be making a head coaching change, as Luke Walton will remain on the bench for the regular season. There's games like this throughout an 82-game season, where you just don't have it.
James added: "Second, third and fourth [quarter] we played Lakers basketball".
"A couple guys would jump over him, and he'd lay it in". From there, Toronto pulled away in the third quarter and cruised to the win.
"They have been playing like they are the best team in the Eastern Conference so far", James said, per ESPN, of Toronto (9-1), who were led by 34 points from Serge Ibaka.
"You always just stay even keel when you come in for games or you come in for practices and you're going for film sessions, you get better then. It's true I played great, but we got a W. To me, that's most important".