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Sports Clippers rally to beat Raptors 105-100, end 3-game skid

08:55  05 may  2021
08:55  05 may  2021 Source:   thecanadianpress.com

Paul George has 33, Clippers down the Blazers 113-112

  Paul George has 33, Clippers down the Blazers 113-112 PORTLAND, Ore. — Paul George had 33 points, including two free throws with 4.8 seconds left that gave the Los Angeles Clippers a 113-112 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Tuesday night. George also had 11 rebounds for Los Angeles, playing without Kawhi Leonard. It was the sixth time in the last seven games that George had had 32 or more points. “He's been carrying us,” Clippers coach Ty Lue said. “He's really stepped up by making his teammates better but also scoring the basketball. He's just doing everything. It was a complete game tonight and we needed every bit of it.

LOS ANGELES — Paul George and Marcus Morris scored 22 points each, and the Los Angeles Clippers rallied for a 105-100 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday night to snap a three-game skid.

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Reggie Jackson added 18 points and Kawhi Leonard had 13 points while taking just six shots to help the Clippers avoid their first four-game losing streak of the season.

“If they’re going to play defence like that, then I have to trust my teammates and make the right play every time,” said Leonard, who played his second game after being out with a sore right foot. “It’s not about me, it’s about the whole group.”

Raptors lose 109-99 to Memphis to leave them on the brink of elimination

  Raptors lose 109-99 to Memphis to leave them on the brink of elimination TAMPA, Fla. — The Toronto Raptors' loss to Memphis that left them on the brink of elimination had a little bit of everything. Their 34th starting lineup of the season — a franchise record. Injuries to Pascal Siakam and Rodney Hood. Most of their key players out for the night. And Fred VanVleet moonlighting as a coach. Siakam and Gary Trent Jr. scored 18 points apiece and the Raptors lost 109-99 to the Grizzlies on Saturday — a game that was reflective of a wacky season rocked by COVID-19. And now it could be about to end. An Indiana victory over Cleveland on Monday would officially end the Raptors' post-season hopes.

George and Jackson hit 3-pointers in the final two minutes, snapping a 99-all tie and putting the Clippers in control in the teams' first meeting this season.

The Clippers have already clinched a playoff spot. The Raptors are jockeying for a spot in the play-in tournament with six games remaining. They are just outside of the No. 10 seed.

Fred VanVleet had 27 points and 13 assists to lead Toronto in his return after missing eight games with a sore hip. Pascal Siakam added 24 points and Khem Birch had 13 points and eight rebounds.

“He played really well,” Raptors coach Nick Nurse said of VanVleet. “Maybe if he'd banged in a couple of those threes at the end, we'd put him in the great-game category.”

The Raptors went 1-3 on their Western swing as they press for a playoff spot.

Raptors lose 109-99 to Memphis to leave them on the brink of elimination

  Raptors lose 109-99 to Memphis to leave them on the brink of elimination TAMPA, Fla. — Pascal Siakam and Gary Trent Jr. scored 18 points apiece in a 109-99 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday that left the Toronto Raptors on the brink of elimination. Malachi Flynn added 15 points in his 10th start for the Raptors (27-41), who used a franchise-record 34th different starting lineup on the season. Yuta Watanabe chipped in with 11 points, while Khem Birch had 10. Former Raptor Jonas Valanciunas had 18 points and 21 rebounds for Memphis, while Jaren Jackson Jr., had 20 points to top the Grizzlies (31-30).

“We need to get some more wins out of this situation,” VanVleet said. “We’re playing damn good basketball, just not enough to beat some of these teams.”

Los Angeles led 88-84 early in the fourth when the Raptors ran off 10 in a row to go ahead 94-88. Jalen Harris and VanVleet sandwiched 3-pointers around baskets by Birch.

The teams traded leads, with Jackson's jumper tying it at 99-all. George's 3-pointer put the Clippers in front for good after they rallied from six points down early in the fourth.

“They just kind of outlasted us,” VanVleet said.

After trailing most of the first half, the Clippers tied it in the third, when they outscored the Raptors 34-28. Siakam scored 11 straight points just before Morris and Leonard hit back-to-back 3-pointers to make it 71-all. But Harris made a 3-pointer that tied it at 82-all going into the fourth.

TIP-INS

Raptors: Kyle Lowry (lower back stiffness) sat out two days after scoring a season-high 37 points against the Lakers. ... Also out were OG Anunoby (left calf strain) and Chris Boucher (left knee sprain.)

Bogdanovic scores 34 as Jazz rally to beat Raptors 106-102

  Bogdanovic scores 34 as Jazz rally to beat Raptors 106-102 SALT LAKE CITY — Bojan Bogdanovic scored 34 points — including six 3-pointers — to lead the Utah Jazz to a 106-102 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Saturday night. Jordan Clarkson added 15 points for the Jazz, Joe Ingles chipped in 15 points and nine assists while Rudy Gobert added 13 points and 16 rebounds. Utah held Toronto to just 13 points in the fourth quarter to win for just the second time in five games. “This one feels good because it was a fight,” Gobert said. “Nothing was given to us. We had to go get it over 48 minutes.” The Jazz limited the Raptors to 6-of-24 shooting in the fourth after Toronto shot 52% from the field through the first three quarters.

Clippers: Serge Ibaka has been out since March 15 with lower back tightness, but is back on the practice court. ... Amir Coffey was out due to health and safety protocols.

BEVERLEY RETURNS

Patrick Beverley scored eight points off the bench in his first game since April 8 after being out with a fractured hand. Jackson started in his place and Beverley indicated he's OK with that.

“Just trying to get my legs under me,” he said. “That’s going to take a process, so don’t need to rush anything.”

UP NEXT

Raptors: Host Washington in the opener of a three-game home stand. “That's probably our last-chance saloon,” Nurse said.

Clippers: Host the Lakers on Thursday in a possible playoff preview.

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Knicks extend winning streak to 9, beat Raptors 120-103 .
NEW YORK — Julius Randle had 31 points and 10 rebounds, RJ Barrett added 25 points and 12 boards, and the New York Knicks beat the Toronto Raptors 120-103 on Saturday for their ninth straight victory. Derrick Rose scored 19 points for the Knicks, who are on their longest winning streak since a 13-game run late in the 2012-13 season, when they won the Atlantic Division title in what was their last playoff appearance. They are surging towardDerrick Rose scored 19 points for the Knicks, who are on their longest winning streak since a 13-game run late in the 2012-13 season, when they won the Atlantic Division title in what was their last playoff appearance.

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