Raptors Freeze Paul, Clippers

Chris Paul and the Los Angeles Clippers were kept in check by the Toronto Raptors. Photo  Credit: News4usonline.com
Chris Paul and the Los Angeles Clippers were kept in check by the Toronto Raptors. Photo Credit: News4usonline.com

Los Angeles- Kyle Lowry and the Toronto Raptors snapped the Clippers eight-game home winning streak 110-98 on Saturday a second stop on a season-long six-game road trip.

Lowry had a game-high 25 points while dishing-out seven assist. The bench played a vital role in the fourth quarter scoring 18 of the 30 Raptors points.  Greivis Vasquez hit a pair of 3-pointers and a jump shot to push the lead 93-80 with 9:00 minutes left in the game.

“He [Kyle] is tough and has been playing amazing this year.  That team is playing with a lot of confidence,” said Clippers guard Chris Paul, who had 10 points and eight assists.

The Clippers lead 26-22 after the first quarter, led by Blake Griffin’s 10 points and four rebounds.  The two teams went into the half all tied up 49-49.  Toronto coming off a four-day rest played with more energy in the second half and it showed as the Clippers jump shots started to hit the back of the rim it seemed on every shot they took.

Jonas Valanciunas had 22 points and 11 rebounds, while bench players Greivis Vasquez dropped 16 points and six assists shooting 50% from behind the 3-point line and Patrick Peterson dropped 10 points hitting two big 3-pointers.

“They came out of the second half and were fresh, and we didn’t respond well,” said Griffin.

J.J. Redick had a team-high 23 points, while DeAndre Jordan grabbed 20 rebounds and Jamal Crawford had 20 points off the bench.

Since DeMar DeRozan injury Kyle Lowry has averaged 22.0 points and 9.0 assists.

“They are a good team to play.  They made us defend for a full 24 seconds and they keep moving the ball,” said Doc Rivers.

J.J. Redick surpasses 5,000 for his career. He now has 5,004 points.

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