The Toronto Raptors absolutely shocked LeBron James, the Los Angeles Lakers and their fans at the Staples Center in the opening 12 minutes of Sunday night’s game, finishing the first quarter with a commanding 42-17 lead.

We took the time to compile some of the many terrific reactions to the Raptors’ dominant quarter from NBA Twitter.

Why the hell would Kawhi leave Toronto to go to THESE Lakers? Ew.

— Faizal Khamisa (@SNFaizalKhamisa) November 5, 2018

“LeBron will own the Raptors just like he did in Cleveland”

— Sandro Rubin (@Insider6ix) November 5, 2018

The Lakers’ 25-point 1st-quarter deficit was their worst in franchise history.

That’s a lot of first-quarter basketball to be worse than.

— Kristian Winfield (@Krisplashed) November 5, 2018

This is happening right now? Without Kawhi?? And I wasn’t alerted immediately???

— Riley McAtee (@Riley_McAtee) November 5, 2018

Lakers close the first quarter on a 7-1 run. Toronto still up though …errrrrr……it is 42-17.

— Eric Smith (@Eric__Smith) November 5, 2018

This. #Raptors

— Brad Fay (@SNBradFay) November 5, 2018

Serge Ibaka stole the show, finishing the opening quarter with 20 points to lead Toronto.

#Raptors Serge Ibaka has 20 points (8-8 FG) at the end of the 1st quarter. That’s the most he has scored in a single quarter in his NBA career.#Lakers as a team at the end of 1st quarter – 17 points (7-21 FG)

— Sportsnet Stats (@SNstats) November 5, 2018

Serge has 18 points on 8-of-8 shooting. The Raptors lead LA 34-10 with 3:44 left in 1Q. It’s a bit bizarre.

— Michael Grange (@michaelgrange) November 5, 2018

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