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          === Gay stars in Toronto debut as Raptors crush Clippers ===
 
 Toronto,  ON  (Sports Network)  - The  acquisition of  Rudy Gay paid immediate
 dividends for the Raptors.
 
 Gay, who came off the bench for his new team Friday night, led the way with 20
 points in Toronto's 98-73 blowout of the Los Angeles Clippers.
 
 The  Raptors acquired  Gay  and center  Hamed Haddadi  on  Wednesday from  the
 Memphis  Grizzlies in exchange for guard Jose Calderon, forward Ed Davis and a
 2013  second-round draft  pick.  Memphis  then sent  Calderon  to Detroit  for
 forwards Tayshaun Prince and Austin Daye.
 
 Gay  made  half of his 16  shots from the field  and was helped by three other
 players  in  double figures, as  the Raptors  snapped a three-game slide. Amir
 Johnson  had 19  points and tied a career-best with 16 rebounds. DeMar DeRozan
 chipped in 19 points and seven assists, while John Lucas III added 17 points.
 
 "It  felt  great, it's  exciting what  they did  today," Gay  said of his warm
 reception by the fans at Air Canada Centre. "They make you want to play hard."
 
 Blake  Griffin  had 17 points  and nine rebounds  for the Clippers, who played
 the  second contest  of  their  eight-game Grammy  road  trip. Jamal  Crawford
 totaled  14  points, but  the Clippers lost  for the fifth  time in their last
 seven games.
 
 Gay  started strong by scoring seven first-quarter points. He entered the game
 with  5:10 left  in the quarter, and  just over two minutes later converted an
 alley-oop  dunk off a pass from DeRozan. Gay added a second alley-oop jam with
 under  a minute  left  in the  stanza,  just  after he  nailed  a jumper,  and
 ultimately provided the hosts with a 22-17 lead after 12 minutes.
 
 Griffin's  1-of-2 effort from the foul line had the Clippers within 29-28 with
 4:20  left in the  half, but the Raptors then embarked on a period-ending 17-2
 spurt.
 
 DeRozan  had  nine points during the  spurt, including a three-point play on a
 nice bounce pass from his new teammate. Gay delivered the ball to DeRozan on a
 fastbreak  for a  layup with 20.1 seconds remaining. DeRozan drew contact from
 Caron Butler and converted the free throw.
 
 "DeMar  is  one of the  best players I've ever  played with," Gay said. "We're
 going to keep practicing together and get better setting these things up."
 
 The Clippers went 3-of-15 from the field in the second quarter and didn't have
 an  answer for  Johnson or  DeRozan,  who combined  for 18  points on  8-of-10
 shooting in the period.
 
 Toronto  was  ahead by at  least 16 for the  entire third quarter, which ended
 with  high-fives after  Gay nailed a 3-pointer  from the top of the arc to end
 the period. The buckets extended the margin to 72-45.
 
 The lead ballooned to as high as 31 in the final quarter.
 
 "We didn't execute very well. We didn't shoot very well," Clippers coach Vinny
 Del  Negro said. "Toronto  did a great job in all areas. The bottom line, they
 were  a step better,  they were quicker on the glass. They loaded up on Blake.
 We need to bring more effort and enthusiasm the rest of this road trip."
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 The  Clippers were  held to  a  season-low in  points  ... Aaron  Gray had  12
 rebounds  for  Toronto ...  Clippers point  guard Chris  Paul missed his sixth
 straight game due to a bruised right kneecap ... Clippers forward Matt  Barnes
 sat out due to a one-game suspension for striking Minnesota's Greg Stiemsma in
 the  neck in  the second  quarter  of a  96-90  win over  the Timberwolves  on
 Wednesday  ... The  Raptors have  won  at home  four straight  times over  the
 Clippers ... Toronto was 12-of-26 from beyond the arc, while LA was 3-of-19.
 
 
 02/01 22:50:17 ET