Depleted Raptors fight hard but fall just short in 105-100 loss to the Clippers

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In their second game at the Staples Center just two days after defeating the Los Angeles Lakers, the Toronto Raptors fall to the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday by a score of 105-100. Toronto now falls to a 27-39 record on the season, while the Clippers snap their three game losing skid and regain the third spot in the Western Conference. The Raptors’ playoff hopes become even slimmer with this loss as they chase the final play-in tournament spot with only six regular season games remaining.

The Raptors came into this game with the objective of limiting the Clippers’ second best offensive rating in the league (117.9). With some clutch three-point shooting from the Clippers, the Raptors were unable to come away with the win after being tied 99-99 with only two and a half minutes remaining. Toronto could not keep up with the Clippers’ shooting efficiency tonight, as LA shot 52% from the field and 44.1% from beyond the arc.  

The Raptors were able to contain their former teammate Kawhi Leonard with aggressive on-ball defense. Leonard was limited to only six attempted field goals and finished the game with 13 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists on 3/6 shooting from the field. However, with Kawhi being contained by the Raps, the Clippers were able to get diverse scoring from their other starters. Paul George provided a late spark for the Clippers in the closing minutes of the game and finished with 22 points, 9 rebounds, and 5 assists. Marcus Morris Sr. and Reggie Jackson finished with 22 points and 18 points respectively, along with each scoring 4 triples.

The Raptors reunion was disrupted with Kyle Lowry (low back tightness) and OG Anunoby (left calf strain) both late scratches for this game. Yuta Watanabe and Stanley Johnson stepped up in the starting lineup in their absences.

It was a great game for Fred VanVleet and Pascal Siakam, who carried the load on both ends of the court in this game. VanVleet led the way in the Raps’ backcourt with 27 points, 13 assists and 2 steals while Siakam added 24 points, 7 rebounds and 3 steals. It was an impressive shooting performance from Jalen Harris who was perfect from the field, finishing with 11 points and 3/3 triples.

The Raptors look ahead to their next game facing the Washington Wizards who currently sit in the final play-in spot in the Eastern Conference. Make sure to check out the game on May 6th at 7:30 p.m. EST

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