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A slim Toronto lineup saw the Clippers overwhelm the Raptors 115-96 tonight. This is Toronto’s fourth straight defeat and eighth loss in their last 10 games.
The matchup was one-sided from the beginning and L.A.’s dominance lasted until the clock hit double zeros in the fourth. By the final quarter, the Raptors were just working to have a deficit lower than 20 points.
Toronto had a higher quantity of shots taken but their attempts lacked quality. The Raptors only scored on 40.7% of their field goal attempts and 27.0% of their three-point jumpers.
The Clippers drained 50% of their field goal attempts and 34.4% of their three-pointers.
Chris Boucher was Toronto’s leading scorer tonight, scoring 16 points. Khem Birch followed closely behind with 13.
Former Raptor, Kawhi Leonard, led L.A. in scoring with 20 points.
Following the first five minutes of the game, the Clippers were never up by less than two possessions. L.A. outscored Toronto 27-19 in the opening quarter but the Raptors pushed the pace in the second — not allowing their deficit to grow at halftime.
The lack of regular starters on the floor began to take shape in the third as Toronto’s performance looked similar to their first quarter but their defence allowed two less points to the Clippers.
Pascal Siakam (shoulder), Kyle Lowry (rest), Fred VanVleet (rest), OG Anunoby (calf), Paul Watson Jr. (knee), Aron Baynes (foot) and Rodney Hood (hand) were ruled out prior to the game.
Former Raptor Serge Ibaka (back) and Amir Coffey (COVID-19 protocols) did not play for the Clippers tonight.
The Raptors will travel to Chicago to take on the Bulls on Thursday night as part of their final road trip that will end in Dallas when they face the Mavericks on Friday. Thursday night’s game is set to tip-off at 8 p.m. EST.