Raptors vs. Clippers, let’s see.
Kyle Lowry scored 25 points and the Toronto Raptors' reserves came up big in the fourth quarter of a 110-98 victory over the Clippers on Saturday, ending Los Angeles' eight-game home winning streak.
First on the docket is Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and the rest of the 20-10 Los Angeles Clippers, who came off an impressive win over the NBA-leading Golden State Warriors on Christmas Day. With the Raptors in town, the Clippers looked to further solidify the notion that ‘West is best’ when it comes to basketball.
Jonas Valanciunas posted 22 points and 11 rebounds while Amir Johnson snatched 12 boards for the Raptors, who have won seven of their last eight games.
The Raptors were coming off a four-day break following Monday's 129-120 loss at Chicago, which ended a six-game winning streak.
J.J. Redick netted 23 points, Blake Griffin added 22 points, six rebounds and five assists and DeAndre Jordan pulled down 20 boards for Los Angeles, which has dropped four of its last six games.
After a Redick 3-point tied the game at 78-78 in the final 30 seconds of the third quarter, Toronto lead a 17-4 run that bled into the fourth. Valanciunas’ layup in the waning seconds of the third gave the Raptors a 80-78 lead.
LA never got within less than 11 the rest of the way.
The Raptors, who came in averaging 17.3 points off turnovers, converted 11 Clippers turnovers into 17 points during the first half and pulled into a 49-all tie at intermission after trailing by as many as eight.
Everyone as in the Bandwagon “fans” doubted the Raptors to win this one, but THEY DID.
The Raptors continue the road trip and face the Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center on Sunday Dec. 28th.