Raptors kneel before national anthems with focus on ending systemic racism

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Williams has averaged 18.7 points and 5.7 assists per game this season.

OG Anunoby had 23 points, while Pascal Siakam added 15 and Fred VanVleet chipped in with 13 points in a game many were touting as a potential NBA Finals preview.

Raptors head coach Nick Nurse told reporters this week that he anticipated that his team would kneel for both the US and Canadian national anthems, prior to Saturday's game against the Los Angeles Lakers.

The sneakers "Agimat" worn by LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers against the Toronto Raptors on August 1, 2020 at The Arena at ESPN Wide World of Sports in Orlando, Florida.

Kneeling during the United States national anthem was first started by former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick in 2016. But Butler scored four straight points, Adebayo had six straight and Jae Crowder hit a 3-pointer to cap a 14-3 run that gave Miami a 72-67 lead midway through the period. The Lakers' magic number for clinching the top seed in the West remains at one.

LeBron James had 20 points and 10 rebounds, and Anthony Davis had just 14 points after he scored 34 in a win against the Los Angeles Clippers in their first game back on Thursday night.

"The game of basketball has always been bigger than just the ball, the rim, 10 guys on the floor and referees", the Lakers LeBron James said after hitting the game-winning shot in his team's 103-101 win over the Clippers.


Embiid also scorched hot, pouring out 41 points on 15-of-23 shooting with 21 rebounds, four assists, three blocks, and one steal, but Philadelphia could not hold on as IN took the solo fifth spot IN the East standings with a 40-26 record.

Kelly Olynyk scored all 20 pf his points in the fourth quarter, Duncan Robinson scored 17, Goran Dragic had 13 points and Kendrick Nunn added 11 for the Heat (42-24).

In a joint statement, the National Basketball Association and union announced that 344 players on the National Basketball Association campus have been justed since July 20, with none of the players coming back with a positive test.

Warren, who became the sixth player who missed the All-Star cut this year to drop 50, finished 20-for-29 from the field including a 9-for-12 shooting from three-point range. Philadelphia, which also got 30 points from Tobias Harris, fell to sixth at 39-27.

The Toronto Raptors followed up on their promise to kneel during the national anthem to create further awareness around social justice movements, with a specific focus on ending police brutality and systemic racism concentrated toward Black people.

The Heat, 42-24, stayed two games in front of in at fourth in the East while the Nuggets, led by 19 points each from Nikola Jokic and reserve Jerami Grant, fell to 43-23 but stayed third in the West.

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