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Clippers 126, Raptors 118
TORONTO — Guard Jamal Crawford scored a season-best 37 points and had 11 assists and forward Blake Griffin scored 30 points as the Los Angeles Clippers defeated the Toronto Raptors 126-118 on Saturday.
Forward Terrence Ross led the Raptors by tying the club record with 51 points on 16-for-29 shooting that included 10-for-17 from 3-point range. He missed a free throw with four seconds to play that would have erased guard Vince Carter’s club record set in 2000.
Guard J.J. Redick who missed most of the first half with an injury, scored 18 points, including 10 in the fourth quarter. Guard Darren Collison added 12 points and forward Matt Barnes scored 11 for the Clippers.
Guard DeMar DeRozan scored 10 points in slightly more than 21 minutes before he left the game with a sprained left foot in the third quarter and did not return. Center Jonas Valanciunas added 17 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for Toronto while guard Kyle Lowry had 11 points and 12 assists.
The Clippers (31-15) ended a four-game losing streak at Air Canada Centre, where they had not won since Feb. 8, 2008.
Valanciunas made a dunk with 6:35 to play in the game to put Toronto (22-21) into a 107-106 lead, but Redick came back with a 3-pointer to return L.A. to the lead. Collison and Redick then hit consecutive jumpers and the Clippers led 113-107 with 5:01 to play.
Griffin made a jumper and a layup on driving plays to increase the Clippers’ lead to 117-108 with less than four minutes left. Griffin scored again to give the Clippers at 121-112 lead with two minutes to go. Lowry made only one of three free throws to trim the lead to eight, but when Redick made another 3-pointer the lead was up to 11.
The Clippers stretched a six-point halftime lead to 12 when Barnes hit a pair of 3-pointers to open the third quarter. But the Raptors responded with a 13-0 run capped by consecutive dunks by Ross for a 78-77 lead with 5:55 left in the quarter. The Clippers regained a five-point lead but Ross hit his career-best eighth 3-pointer at the buzzer to tie the game at 93 after three quarters.
Crawford scored 26 points, including four 3-pointers to lead the Clippers to a 71-65 halftime lead, the fourth time they have scored 70 or more points in a half this season, but the first time on the road. Ross scored 23 points for the Raptors in the half, including seven 3-pointers, a franchise record for 3-pointers in a half.
Ross hit his fifth 3-pointer of the game — to tie a club record for one quarter — at the end the first quarter to give the Raptors a 37-36 lead. The Raptors led by as many as 10 points in the first 12 minutes.
Redick left the game during the early in the first with back spasms and returned to start the third quarter.
NOTES: Raptors F Tyler Hansbrough (left ankle) missed his 13th consecutive game with a bone bruise that first was first reported as a sprain. … After their win over the Chicago Bulls on Friday, the Clippers were 7-3 without G Chris Paul (right shoulder), who was injured Jan. 3. … The triple-double by G Kyle Lowry (18 points, 10 rebounds, 13 assists) in the win over the 76ers in Philadelphia on Friday night was the fourth of his career and the 14th in Raptors history. … Clippers F Blake Griffin entered Saturday averaging 26 points in his previous 20 games during which the team was 14-6. … The Raptors’ next game will be Monday when they visit Brooklyn to play the Nets. … The Clippers end a seven-game trip in Milwaukee on Monday that has them traveling approximately 11,275 miles.
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