Lucas Viveiros | The Avro Post
The Toronto Raptors suffered a scarce loss at Air Canada Centre on Sunday, dropping a 117-106 decision to the Los Angeles Clippers and ex Raptor Lou Williams.
The Raps failed to put up their 31st win at the ACC on point guard Kyle Lowry’s 32nd birthday.
Toronto had a solid start to the game, nearly running the Clippers out of the building with a 27-9 lead in the first quarter.
This offensive explosion was due to in large part to the three ball, with Kyle Lowry, Fred VanVleet and CJ Miles all converting on their opportunities.
It wouldn’t last long however, as the Raptors failed to score a point for over 4 minutes midway through the second quarter.
Toronto was able to cling to a seven point lead heading into recess, 60-53, but the momentum swing was now in L.A.’s favour due to sound defense.
Los Angeles began to push back hard, cutting into the Raptors lead as the third frame progressed.
They were finally able to surpass the Raptors with a three ball off the hands of guard Austin Rivers.
This put the Clippers in the drivers seat for the first time in the game, leading 66-64, with 7:23 to play in the third quarter.
Lou Williams would continue to make plays down the stretch, as even when he didn’t convert on his shots, Williams was able to set up teammates using his beautiful vision.
Fred Van Vleet placed the loss on multiple factors, notably Lou Williams performance as the game wore on, and the Raptors inability to adjust on defense.
The former sixth man of the year winner finished the game with 26 points, 7 assists, and 2 rebounds.
The Raptors next test is scheduled for Tuesday night versus the Denver Nuggets.
Game time is 7:30 p.m. from the Air Canada Centre and can be viewed on TSN 1 and 4.
More news from the court
- Forward CJ Miles returned to the lineup after missing the last two with an illness
- With the victory, the Clippers have swept the season series against the Raptors, beating them 96-91 on December 11
- The Los Angles Clippers are the only team in the NBA this season to have beaten Toronto, Boston, Houston and Golden State (the top two teams in both conferences)
- With the loss, Toronto remains six wins away from clinching first in the Eastern Conference, and home court for the first three rounds of the playoffs
More coverage to follow. Image from ESPN.