NBA-best Raptors hand Clippers worst season loss, 123-99



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Beth Harris, Associated Press

Published Wednesday, December 12, 2018 5:08 AM EST

LOS ANGELES – Kyle Lowry was in a funk with his Toronto Raptors. He had a combination of 15 points in his last five games while the team lost three of four.

Adding to his woes, gunner Kawhi Leonard came out with a bruised right hip against the amazing Clippers.

"It was time for me to go up and play," Lowry said.

Serge Ibaka had 25 points and nine rebounds, Lowry added 21 points while making four of the Raptors' 14-point lead and Toronto went through Los Angeles 123-99 on Tuesday night.

"We do not slow down," Lowry said.

Toronto collected 52 percent of the floor, made 34 assists and outscored the Clippers by 28-4 in points of high speed.

"This was a game that everyone thought would be very difficult for us to win," said coach Nick Nurse, "but we sort of aligned all of those things and we're very focused."

Fred VanVleet kept the ball in place for Leonard with 14 assists.

"Whether Kawhi played or not, I think he's going to have a healthy game," VanVleet said of Lowry. "When he's playing like that, we're going to be a tough team to win."

The Clippers endured their biggest loss of the season against the best team in the NBA (22-7).

"From the outset you could see the Raptors pushing the pace on us throughout the game," said Clippers coach Doc Rivers, "and we really never got to catch up."

With the top scorer, Tobias Harris, with 10 points – the average is 21.4 – the Clippers were led by a pair of reserves.

Boban Marjanovic had 18 points and Tyrone Wallace added 15. The fourth loss in six games led the team to draw the Lakers 17- to 10 in the Pacific Division.

"We've just given in to offensive pressure," Rivers said.

The Raptors expanded their lead in the third quarter with an early lead of 10-0 followed by five consecutive 3-pointer points to move into fourth place ahead of 103-74. Lowry hit three of the 3s and Delon Wright had two.

"When he let go, he knew it was happening," Nurse said of Lowry.

Ibaka had monster dunks before the 3-point bout began, drawing applause at Canada Night at Staples Center.

Both teams threw their reserves into the room, but the Clippers were too late to make a big effort.

TIP-INS

Raptors: The nurse plans to train at Golden State on Wednesday before returning to Carroll, Iowa, where her 94-year-old mother died on Monday. "He said before the game that she would have kicked his butt if he was not here," Lowry said. "It just shows the resistance in your family." … They improved to 6-0 against the West. … After the current four-game trip, the Raptors will not travel beyond the Central time zone for the rest of the season. … Wright has points above the right eye. … G Norman Powell lost his 18th straight game with a left shoulder injury.

Clippers: G Lou Williams sat down with a left tendon injury he suffered on Monday in Phoenix. … With the team losing for 29 years, longtime fan Billy Crystal had seen enough and left before the fourth quarter began. … They lost at home for the third time in 12 games. … They lost four out of six overall. … They were beaten at home by the Raptors for the first time since November 22, 2015.

NEXT

Raptors: At Golden State on Wednesday in the second back-to-back game. They are 5-0 on the second night this season.

Clippers: In San Antonio on Thursday. They beat the Spurs by five points last month.

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