Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Blake Griffin had 19 points and nine
rebounds in the Los Angeles Clippers' 102-83 win over the Toronto Raptors.
Chris Paul and Jamal Crawford netted 16 points apiece for Los Angeles, which
has won six straight on the heels of a four-game skid.
DeMar DeRozan poured in 24 points for the Raptors, who have lost four
consecutive contests and 10 of their last 11.
Linas Kleiza added 17 points in the setback.
DeRozan's putback layup pulled Toronto within 81-79 with 9:06 left in the
fourth quarter, but the Clippers countered with an elongated 18-1 run.
Eric Bledsoe, who had seven points during the surge, capped it with a driving
layup and made it 99-80 with 4:30 to play. Crawford registered a four-point
play during the stretch, the NBA-record 35th of his NBA career.
"We hit a wall and lost rhythm," Raptors head coach Dwane Casey said. "The
ball stopped moving. They turned up the defensive intesity."
The Clippers outscored Toronto, 25-10, in the final frame.
"In the fourth it was all defense," Crawford said. "We were able to get
Los Angeles led, 25-21, after the quarter of play, but Toronto held a 26-19
advantage in the second stanza and took a 47-44 edge into the locker
The Clippers had a 77-73 margin after three.
Bledsoe finished with 14 points and six assists ... Los Angeles turned the
ball over just nine times and forced 11 steals ... DeAndre Jordan had 10
rebounds for the Clippers.
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