NBA Game Summary - Toronto at LA Clippers
(Wednesday, December 20th)
Final Score: Toronto 98, LA Clippers 96
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - T.J. Ford drilled the winning jump shot at the buzzer, as the Toronto Raptors held off the Los Angeles Clippers, 98-96, at the Staples Center.
Trailing 93-85 with two ticks under five minutes left, LA went on an 11-1 run capped by a pair of Shaun Livingston free throws with 51.9 seconds left.
Ford converted a pair from the charity stripe about seven seconds later to tie the score at 96. Cuttino Mobley air-balled a jumper on the ensuing possession, allowing Toronto to have the final shot, on which Ford held the ball and swished a jumper from the foul line at the buzzer to win the game.
"I went to the coach during the timeout and said, 'I want the last shot,'" Ford said. "I didn't want to shoot too early. We were either going to win or go into overtime."
Fred Jones scored a season-high 23 points for the Raptors, who have won four of their last five. Ford had 14 points and nine assists, while Andrea Bargnani had 13 points and seven rebounds. Darrick Martin added 12 points.
Elton Brand posted 24 points and 10 rebounds for the Clippers, who have lost five straight and seven of ten in the month of December. Corey Maggette notched 20 points and six boards. Sam Cassell had 17 points and Livingston added 14 points, eight boards and seven assists. Mobley had 11 points, eight rebounds and six assists.
The Clippers held a 26-25 lead after the first stanza.
Toronto went on a 12-2 run capped by a Peterson jumper with 7:18 remaining in the second, and led 58-50 at halftime.
The Raptors reversed their first quarter production, outscoring the Clippers 26-25 to take an 84-75 lead into the final period.
LA shot 38-for-84 (45 percent) from the field, compared to 32-for-75 (42 percent) by Toronto, which got outrebounded 44-36.
"This could be our most disappointing loss of the year," LA coach Mike Dunleavy said. "Too many mistakes. All the mishaps that could go wrong did go wrong."
This was the first of two meetings between the clubs this season. The Raptors are scheduled to host the Clippers on February 4, 2007 at the Air Canada Centre...Toronto snapped a two-game losing streak at the Clippers, who have won four of the last six contests in this series.
12/21 01:52:42 ET