Clippers top Raptors to split Hawaii games
ABS-CBN Sports on Oct 04, 2017 04:22 PM
Los Angeles Clippers guard Patrick Beverly (21) and center DeAndre Jordan (6) run a screen play against Toronto Raptors guard Delon Wright (55) during the second quarter of a preseason NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017, in Honolulu. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)
The LA Clippers bested the Toronto Raptors, 98-84, to split their pair of preseason games at the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu, Hawaii, Tuesday (Wednesday, PHL time).
Toronto previously won 121-113 on October 2 (Oct. 3, PHL time).
Things were close early on, with the Raptors trailing by just three, 21-18. However, the Clippers pulled away via a 7-1 run to lead 28-19 at the end of the first period, putting momentum squarely in their favor.
LA’s advantage got as high as 18 in the second quarter, 62-44, but DeMar DeRozan scattered five points going into the half, 62-49. In the third, a dunk by Jonas Valanciunas and a split by DeRozan at the stripe got it down to 10, 62-52, but the Clippers showed their deadly form, and a 26-8 blast made it 88-60, a period to go.
Both teams turned things over to their third-stringers, but a 22-10 fourth quarter for Toronto was not enough to change the result.
Blake Griffin led all scorers with 17 points for the Clippers. The starting power forward shot 6-of-11 from the field, 1-of-2 from beyond the arc, to go with four rebounds, three assists, three steals, and a block, though he turned the ball over six times.
Clippers head coach Doc Rivers went with a two point guard lineup, slotting Milos Teodosic alongside Patrick Beverley. The duo combined for nine points, seven rebounds, and nine assists, including plenty of several highlight-reel dishes by the rookie Teodosic.
DeAndre Jordan finished with 15 points and eight rebounds, while Willie Reed was a perfect 4-of-4 off the bench for 12 markers.
The Raptors drew 15 points from DeMar DeRozan, while Fred VanVleet came off the bench and contributed 13. Toronto however played without Kyle Lowry (rest) and Norman Powell (strained right ankle).
Toronto will finish their preseason against the Portland Trail Blazers on October 6 (Oct. 7, PHL time). The Clippers will then play the Blazers on October 9 (Oct. 10, PHL time).