NBA Preview from The Sports Network|
Saturday, January 25th
(All times Eastern)
Los Angeles Clippers (30-15) at Toronto Raptors (22-20), 7 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Los Angeles Clippers will try to be momentum
stoppers once again when they resume a seven-game eastern swing Saturday
against the Toronto Raptors.
The Clippers slowed down the Chicago Bulls, 112-95, Friday night at the United
Center thanks to Blake Griffin's 26 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists. The
Bulls had won three in a row and nine of 11 games entering the contest.
Jamal Crawford netted 19 points off the bench, J.J. Redick added 18 and Darren
Collison chipped in 17 points for the Clippers, who moved to 7-3 since losing
point guard Chris Paul to a shoulder injury and are 3-2 so far on the trip.
Los Angeles, which led 41-26 after the first quarter, made 10 of its first 11
3-pointers of the game before finishing 13-of-21 from beyond the arc. Redick
was 4-of-7 from downtown and both Matt Barnes and Crawford made three. Barnes
finished with 13 points.
"We got great shots and we made shots. We made everything in the first
quarter," Clippers head coach Doc Rivers said.
The Clippers, who sit third in the NBA with 105.6 ppg, shot 53.9 percent (41-
of-76) from the field and have won nine of their last 12 games. They are 12-12
as the visitor this season and will close out the trip Monday in Milwaukee.
Toronto is one of the top defensive teams (96.2 ppg) and ended a four-game
road losing streak with Friday's 104-95 victory at Philadelphia, as DeMar
DeRozan continued to shine with 34 points on 10-of-22 shooting.
DeRozan scored 40 points in the previous game, a 93-85 win over Dallas, and is
averaging 30.5 ppg in his last four.
Philly native and Villanova product Kyle Lowry recorded a triple-double with
18 points, 10 rebounds and 13 assists.
"As long as it is with a win I'll take," Lowry said of his first career
triple-double. "I'll take all the congratulations and thanks from the
teammates, as long as it came with a win for the team is all that matters."
John Salmons (12), Patrick Patterson (11) and Terrence Ross (10) rounded out
the double-digit scorers for the Raptors, winners in 11 of 16 games.
Toronto is 11-9 at Air Canada Centre, where it has won seven of its last eight
games. The Raptors have won four in a row at home versus the Clippers and six
of nine overall in this series.
01/25 10:47:55 ET