Clippers’ losing streak extends to three after 91-80 defeat by Toronto Raptors
The Clippers’ record slipped under .500 after they lost to the Toronto Raptors, 91-80, on Sunday afternoon at Staples Center. It was the Clippers’ (6-7) third loss in a row.
The Clippers received boos from their home crowd as they walked off the court at halftime, trailing the Raptors by 29 points. During those dreadful opening 24 minutes, they had as many turnovers (13) as field goals (13). In the half, Blake Griffin was scoreless and Chris Paul had two points.
The Raptors then lost their touch in the third quarter, shooting only 18.2% from the field as the Clippers outscored them, 21-8, to trim their deficit to 16 points entering the fourth.
The Clippers went on a 20-2 run extending from late in the third to midway through the fourth to cut the Raptors’ lead to six points, 73-67, after Wesley Johnson made a three-pointer with 7:30 left.
But that was the closest they came to the Raptors, who dealt the Clippers their seventh loss in their last nine games.
J.J. Redick led the Clippers with 17 points. Paul finished with 13 points and 11 assists. DeAndre Jordan had 13 points and 15 rebounds. Griffin had only nine points in 30 minutes. Paul Pierce, who started at small forward, had just two points.
DeMarre Carroll and DeMar DeRozan each had 21 points for the Raptors. Luis Scola finished with 20 points and eight rebounds. Bismack Biyombo added 14 rebounds.
Raptors forward James Johnson is tied up by Clippers center DeAndre Jordan for a jump ball during the second half.(Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
Clippers Coach Doc Rivers questions a call in the second half of the game against the Raptors.(Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
Clippers guard J.J. Redick slips past Raptors forwards Terrence Ross, left, and Luis Scola for a layup in the first half.(Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
Clippers point guard Chris Paul tries to cut off a drive by Raptors guard Corey Joseph during the first half.(Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
Clippers forward Paul Pierce and Raptors forward Luis Scola battle for a loose ball in the first half Sunday.(Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
Raptors guard Kyle Lowry tumbles to the court as he reaches for a loose ball between Clippers forwards Blake Griffin (32) and Wesley Johnson in the second half Sunday.(Mark J. Terrill / Associated Press)
Raptors guard Cory Joseph and Clippers forward Josh Smith battle for a rebound in the second half.(Mark J. Terrill / Associated Press)
Raptors guard Kyle Lowry (7) pulls up for a shot over Clippers forward Blake Griffin and guard Austin Rivers in the second half.(Mark J. Terrill / Associated Press)
Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan has his reverse layup challenged by Clippers center DeAndre Jordan in the first half.(Mark J. Terrill / Associated Press)
Clippers forward Paul Pierce tries to score inside against Raptors forward DeMarre Carroll in the first half.(Mark J. Terrill / Associated Press)
Clippers forward Lance Stephenson is hit in the face by Raptors forward Terrence Ross while trying to make a pass in the first half Sunday at Staples Center.(Mark J. Terrill / Associated Press)
Clippers center DeAndre Jordan dunks against the Raptors in the first half Sunday.(Mark J. Terrill / Associated Press)
The Raptors made 29 free throws, nearly twice as many as the Clippers’ 15. The Clippers finished with 20 turnovers off which the Raptors scored 17 points.
In addition to losing to the Raptors, the Clippers have also recently lost to the Golden State Warriors and the Portland Trail Blazers.
The Clippers next play the Nuggets in Denver on Tuesday.
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