Leonard scores 18 points, Raptors rout Clippers 121-103
ABS-CBN Sports on Feb 04, 2019 07:10 AM
FILE - TORONTO, CANADA - OCTOBER 19: Kawhi Leonard #2 of the Toronto Raptors looks on prior to the game against the Boston Celtics on October 19, 2018 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Mark Blinch/NBAE via Getty Images)
By Ian Harrison, Associated Press
TORONTO (AP) — Kawhi Leonard scored 18 points, Serge Ibaka had 16 points and 12 rebounds and the Toronto Raptors beat the Los Angeles Clippers 121-103 on Sunday (Monday, PHL time) for their 10th victory in their last 11 home games.
Ibaka has a career-best six straight double-doubles, Toronto's longest streak since Chris Bosh had eight in November 2009.
Pascal Siakam and C.J. Miles each had 15 points, and Delon Wright added 14. All-Star guard Kyle Lowry sat out because of a sore back. Lowry also missed six games in December and January because of back pain. Fred VanVleet started in Lowry's place.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, the guard born in nearby Hamilton, had 19 points to lead Los Angeles. Lou Williams had 18. The Clippers have lost 3-of-4.
Before the game, Los Angeles coach Doc Rivers bemoaned the tight turnaround his team faced from a 5 p.m. start Saturday (Sunday, PHL time) in Detroit, in which the Clippers erased a 25-point deficit to beat the Pistons 111-101.
"This is a ridiculous back-to-back," Rivers said.
Toronto, improved to 8-0 when playing with at least one day of rest and facing an opponent playing the second game of a back-to-back. The Raptors are 4-0 at home in such games.
Clippers: F Danilo Gallinari (back spasms) missed his ninth straight game. ... Clippers owner Steve Ballmer attended the game. ... Williams won the first of his two NBA Sixth Man of the Year Awards with Toronto in 2015. ... Gilgeous-Alexander said he left tickets for more than 50 family and friends. ... The Clippers were 2-for-12 from three-point range.
Raptors: Toronto is an Eastern Conference-best 16-6 against Western Conference opponents. ... G Malachi Richardson (right knee) missed his second straight game.
Clippers: At Charlotte on Tuesday night (Wednesday, PHL time).
Raptors: At Philadelphia on Tuesday night (Wednesday, PHL time).