This is the first time the Clippers have lost three in a row this season.
The Raptors cut the Clippers' 20-point lead in the first quarter to two at halftime, 59-57. Then in the third quarter, the Raptors outscored the Clippers, 34-19 -- coincidentally, the same amount the Raptors were outscored by in the first -- to lead by as many as 16 points in the quarter. The Raptors held control in the fourth, pushing their advantage to 24 points.
Griffin, who hung his head in his hands as the final buzzer sounded, led the Clippers with 26 points, nine assists and six rebounds. Paul had 22 points, nine assists and six rebounds. Jordan, who was playing despite a stomach virus, finished with nine points and seven rebounds. Austin Rivers, who started for
The Raptors made 13 three-pointers, more than double the Clippers (six). The Raptors also outrebounded the Clippers, 42-30.
Seven Raptors finished in double figures, with
The Clippers are 2-4 on their eight-game trip. Before falling to the Raptors, they had consecutive losses to Brooklyn and Cleveland.
The loss dropped the Clippers from fifth to sixth in the Western Conference standings with a record of 33-18. The Raptors, who are in second place in the East, improved to 34-17.
Losing the second leg of back-to-back games is a rare occurrence for the Clippers, who fell to 9-4 on such occasions.