NBA Game Summary - Toronto at LA Clippers
(Monday, December 22nd)
Final Score: Toronto 97, LA Clippers 75
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Chris Bosh poured in a game-best 31 points and hauled in seven rebounds, as the Toronto Raptors crushed the Los Angeles Clippers, 97-75.
Jermaine O'Neal added 23 points, nine boards and five blocks for the Raptors, who saw their five-game slide come to an end. Anthony Parker logged 12 points and seven rebounds in the win.
Zach Randolph, who left the game with a bruised left knee at 10:44 of the fourth quarter and did not return, had 19 points and eight rebounds for the Clippers, who have dropped three of four overall. Eric Gordon also added 19 points while Baron Davis chipped in with 16 and nine helpers in defeat.
The Raptors jumped out to a 25-10 lead before LA cut the deficit by eight to end the first quarter.
Then, up by six about midway through the second stanza, Parker's jumper sparked a 16-3 Toronto run to close out the quarter. The burst gave the visitors a 51-32 lead at the break.
The hosts outscored the guests, 28-18, in the third quarter to pull within 69-60 heading into the final stanza.
A Davis three-pointer and DeAndre Jordan layup, bookending a Bosh layup, brought the Clippers within 71-65 early in the fourth but Bosh answered with four straight points to increase Toronto's lead to 75-65 moments later.
"We played hard and cut their lead to six, but they outexecuted us at the end of the game and we ran out of gas," said Davis.
Still up 10, 78-68, moments later, Parker's jumper set the tone for eight consecutive points from the Raptors. Bosh accounted for the final six points, which gave Toronto an 86-68 lead just past the seven-minute mark.
"In the fourth quarter I wanted to attack the rim," said Bosh. "When you get confidence you want to keep going."
The Clippers failed to get inside of 15 points the rest of the way and the Raptors cruised to victory down the stretch.
LA shot 32.9 percent from the floor, Toronto was 45 percent shooting...The Raptors improved to 1-2 on a six-game trek and moved to 6-9 as the visitor this season...The team is still just 3-8 since interim coach Jay Triano took over for the disposed Sam Mitchell...Toronto also lost five in a row from November 30 - December 9...The Clippers are a miserable 3-11 at Staples Center this season.
12/23 02:02:34 ET