Clippers rely on reserves to rip Raptors
Los Angeles, CA, United States (4E Sports) – Blake Griffin had 19 points and nine rebounds and got big help from the backups in pushing the Clippers past the Raptors, 102-83.
Jamal Crawford led a fourth-quarter rally by the reserves with 16 points and the Clippers defeated Toronto, 102-83, Sunday to win their sixth in a row.
Eric Bledsoe added 14 points to help the Clippers’ reserves outscore their counterparts 47-24.
Chris Paul added 16 points and DeAndre Jordan had 10 rebounds. Caron Butler was the only starter to play in the fourth, coming in only after Matt Barnes was ejected with 1:36 to play.
The Clippers’ second unit sparked a 15-11 stretch to start the second quarter and extend their lead to 40-32.
Griffin, Paul and Jordan then returned only to be outscored 15-4, and Toronto carried a 47-44 advantage into halftime.
The backups gave Los Angeles its first double-digit lead of the game after Toronto kept it close through the first three periods.
Los Angeles’ reserves dominated the final period for the third straight game, turning Griffin and Paul into cheerleaders.
Each one of the 10 Clippers who played had at least one basket.
DeMar DeRozan scored 24 points, Linas Kleiza added 17 points, including five 3-pointers, and Amir Johnson had 11 points and 12 rebounds for the Raptors.
The Raptors have just four wins this season.