NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Tuesday, November 16th (All times eastern)
Toronto Raptors (4-3) at Los Angeles Clippers (4-3), 10:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Toronto Raptors play the fifth contest of a six-game road trip, as they visit the Los Angeles Clippers tonight at the Staples Center.
After winning their first three games at home to start the new season, the Raptors have gone 1-3 on their current road swing.
On Saturday, Toronto suffered a 105-102 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers at the Rose Garden. Rafer Alston netted 27 points and dished out seven helpers for the Raptors, who have dropped three of their last four. Jalen Rose added 21 points and seven boards while Chris Bosh had 17 points with eight rebounds in the losing effort.
Alston leads Toronto in scoring (15.9 ppg) and assists (6.1 apg), while Vince Carter has averaged 14.3 points per game and Bosh has grabbed a team-high 6.7 rebounds per contest.
The Clippers return home after going 2-1 on a three-game road trip. On Saturday, Corey Maggette scored a game-high 23 points to lead Los Angeles over the Chicago Bulls, 97-96, at the United Center.
Marko Jaric added 19 points and eight assists in Saturday's victory for the Clippers, who came back from a 24-point deficit to win their second game in three tries. It was the biggest comeback on the road in franchise history. The Clippers only shot 42 percent from the field and lost the battle on the glass, 46-41. But they took care of the basketball, only turning it over 11 times.
Maggette has scored in double-digits in all seven of the Clippers' games this season. He is averaging a team-high 20.9 points to go along with 6.1 rebounds and 4.7 assists per game.
LA is 1-1 as the host this season.
Last season, the teams split a pair of contests as each club picked up a win on the road. Overall, the Clippers have won two of the last three meetings, while Toronto has won seven of 11 and eight of the last 13 contests. The Raptors have won two of their last three at the Clippers.
11/16 10:07:44 ET