NBA: Raptors down Lakers as Howard tossed on technical

TORONTO (AFP) - Toronto guard Jose Calderon scored 22 points and handed out nine assists on Sunday as the Raptors handed the Los Angeles Lakers their fifth straight National Basketball Association road defeat, 108-103.

The Lakers were without centre Dwight Howard for the second half, after he was ejected with 1:18 left in the first half for his second technical foul of the contest.

Howard and Raptors forward Alan Anderson were whistled for a double-technical after they tangled while jostling for position under the basket.

Landry Fields added a double-double of 18 points and 10 rebounds for Toronto, who had 18 points from Ed Davis and 14 from Anderson.

Kobe Bryant led the Lakers with 26 points but connected on just 10-of-32 from the field and had six turnovers. Pau Gasol added 25 points for a Lakers team that lost their second straight.

Howard had five points, two rebounds and one assist before he was thrown out of the game.

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