Kawhi Leonard made his return to Scotiabank Arena as the LA Clippers took on the Toronto Raptors Monday night. Leonard, the 2019 Finals MVP, received his championship ring prior to tip-off and after a few moments shared with his former teammates, it was business as usual.
Leonard scored an efficient team-high 23 points (on 8-for-14 shooting) to lead the Clippers to a 20-point win over the Raptors, who have now lost three straight games at Scotiabank Arena.
If you missed any of the action, check below for live score updates, stats, news and highlights from Kawhi Leonard's return…
Toronto Raptors vs. LA Clippers: Live score updates, stats, news and highlights
PREVIEW | BOX SCORE | PLAY-BY-PLAY
Final: LA Clippers 112, Toronto Raptors 92
9:29 p.m. - We've reached the final stretch of the game and the Clippers are gonna take this one.
It's 105-86 with 3:01 remaining.
In his return to Toronto, Kawhi Leonard has scored a team-high 23 points, dished out six assists, grabbed five rebounds and racked up two steals.
The Raptors are led by 24 points from Pascal Siakam, who has scored a few late buckets.
9:16 p.m. - The Clippers are back in command.
8:06 remains in the game and LA leads 95-75, matching its biggest lead of the night. Timeout on the floor.
Toronto is shooting just 24-for-72 (33.3%) from the field and 8-for-33 (24.2%) from beyond the arc.
Conversely, the Clippers are shooting 45.2% from the field and a slightly-better 31.3% from deep.
End of Third Quarter: LA Clippers 88, Toronto Raptors 71
9:05 p.m. - LA Closes the third on a 12-0 run to take a 17 point lead into the final frame.
Toronto's rally was essentially thwarted as the Clippers responded with such a dominant scoring run.
Lou Williams and Kawhi Leonard have each scored 18 points to lead the way for LA. Williams has added six assists and five rebounds while Kawhi has grabbed five rebounds of his own along with dishing out five assists.
Norman Powell has 20 points to lead all scorers while Pascal Siakam has 15 points (on 5-for-15 shooting). Kyle Lowry has six points in the game but is 1-for-7 from the field and 0-for-6 from 3.
8:56 p.m. - After trailing by as many as 20 points, Toronto still trails by just five.
Timeout on the floor. The Clippers lead 76-71 with 3:43 left in the third.
Norman Powell is up to a game-high 20 points (on 6-for-9 shooting) while Pascal Siakam has added 15 points for the Raptors.
Lou Williams (15 points) and Kawhi Leonard (13 points) are pacing the Clippers, who have cooled down significantly this half.
On the topic of cool shooting, Paul George has yet to get going as he has just six points on 10.0% shooting.
8:51 p.m. - OG Anunoby sinks a pair of free throws and the Raptors have now outscored the Clippers 21-8 in the half.
The deficit is now down to five.
LA leads 72-67 with five minutes remaining in the third.
8:47 p.m. - Pascal Siakam… with authority!
All you gotta do is cut@MarcGasol will take care of the rest pic.twitter.com/V2V8DHzH4X- Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) December 12, 2019
8:43 p.m. - Toronto has responded early on, outscoring LA 12-4 to start the second half.
The Clippers still lead 68-58 with 8:04 left in the third.
Norman Powell is up to 13 points to lead the way for Toronto while Kawhi Leonard has scored 13 points of his own.
Lou Williams leads all scorers with 15 points.
Halftime: LA Clippers 64, Toronto Raptors 46
8:18 p.m. - LA outscores Toronto 37-14 in the second quarter to take an 18-point lead into the halftime break.
The Clippers, who are shooting 54.3% as a team, are led by 15 points from reserve guard Lou Williams. He is one of four players in double figures.
Kawhi Leonard has scored 11 points and is 5-for-8 from the field.
Patrick Beverley (11) and Moe Harkless (10) have also contributed with their scoring.
The Raptors are shooting 16-for-44 (36.4%) from the field and have no double-figure scorers.
OG Anunoby and Pascal Siakam have each scored nine points a team while Norman Powell has added eight points.
Kyle Lowry, Marc Gasol and Terence Davis II have each scored six points, but Toronto again appears to be out of sync offensively.
8:15 p.m. - Under 10 seconds remain in the half, Toronto turns the ball over while taking the ball out.
Doc Rivers calls for time to draw up one final play.
The Clippers lead 64-46 with 7.0 seconds remaining in the half.
8:04 p.m. - The Clippers have used a 14-2 run to build a nine-point lead.
The score is 47-38 with 4:08 remaining in the half. Timeout Raptors.
It's been Moe Harkless' night as he leads all scorers with 10 points (on 4-for-8 shooting).
Give us some M😤E@moe_harkless | #ClipperNation pic.twitter.com/7naQL2Q73u- LA Clippers (@LAClippers) December 12, 2019
Kawhi Leonard is back on the floor and now has seven points (on 3-for-4 shooting) in 13 minutes of action.
The Raptors are struggling to find an offensive rhythm as they're now shooting 14-for-39 from the field. Pascal Siakam has just three points and is 1-for-4 from the field. Kyle Lowrry is 1-for-5 and Serge Ibaka is 0-for-5.
7:58 p.m. - During the break, Nick Nurse is whistled for a T.
LA sinks the technical free throw and Kawhi Leonard has checked back in.
7:54 p.m. - Things are all tied up again just over four minutes into the quarter.
It's 36 all with 7:48 left in the half. We've already seen six lead changes and five ties in this one.
As Rondae Hollis-Jefferson picks up his fourth foul in five minutes, there's a timeout on the floor.
Former Raptor Lou Williams is up to seven points for the Clippers, who are shooting 53.8% from the field as a team. The Raptors, on the other hand, are shooting 39.4% from the field.
End of First Quarter: Toronto Raptors 32, LA Clippers 27
7:43 p.m. - One quarter down and the Raptors have a five-point lead.
Toronto, who is shooting 11-for-22 (50.0%) from the field, is led by nine points from OG Anunobym who has also grabbed a game-high five rebounds.
Guards Kyle Lowry and Terence Davis II have each scored six points apiece.
.@TerenceDavisJr: Shooter pic.twitter.com/HOjUxbgJ2o- Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) December 12, 2019
Patrick Beverley leads the Clippers with eight points as he is 2-for-4 from beyond the arc. As a team, LA is 4-for-11 from deep.
All eyes are on Kawhi Leonard, who has scored five points (on 2-for-2 shooting) in nine minutes.
7:32 p.m. - Under four minutes remain and things are all tied up.
It's 20-20 with 3:48 on the clock.
Toronto's OG Anunoby is up to a game-high nine points while Kawhi Leonard and Patrick Beverley lead the Clippers with five points.
It's hot shooting all around as the Raptors are 7-for-14 (50.0%) and the Clippers are (53.3%).
7:25 p.m. - Nearly midway through the first quarter, we've reached our first break in the action.
The Raptors lead 18-12 with 6:43 left in the frame.
After scoring the first bucket of the game, OG Anunoby leads all scorers with seven points on perfect 3-for-3 shooting. For the Clippers, Kawhi Leonard, Paul George and Patrick Beverley have each scored three points.
Kawhi Leonard gets on the board in his return to Toronto!@LAClippers x @Raptors- NBA (@NBA) December 12, 2019
📺: ESPN pic.twitter.com/Y8YDoSWDgA
There's been plenty of back-and-forth play already as this game has seen four lead changes in under six minutes.
7:15 p.m. - It's time for basketball.
OG Anunoby gets the Raptors on the board first with a driving layup. Game on.
7:12 p.m. - As Kawhi Leonard is announced, there is an impressive production to welcome him back.
A massive standing ovation and "MVP" chants for Kawhi Leonard as he finally receives his championship ring. 👏 pic.twitter.com/Hm9AOcLeDL- TSN (@TSN_Sports) December 12, 2019
And an MVP chant.
Board Man got his ring pic.twitter.com/NzUZgLM886- Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) December 12, 2019
7:10 p.m. - The LA Clippers will go with Patrick Beverley, Kawhi Leonard, Paul George, Moe Harkless and Ivica Zubac.
First 5️⃣ vs Raptors- LA Clippers (@LAClippers) December 12, 2019
5️⃣ @ivicazubac pic.twitter.com/sde6dbZzkQ
6:55 p.m. - For the second time this season, the Toronto Raptors will don their "Dino" throwback uniforms
Throwback Raps.@Raptors | #WeTheNorth pic.twitter.com/6ctHZnnxRK- NBA (@NBA) December 11, 2019
6:15 p.m. - Starting for Toronto tonight is Kyle Lowry, Norman Powell, OG Anunoby, Pascal Siakam and Marc Gasol.
Tonight's @Invisalign starting lineup. #WeTheNorth pic.twitter.com/zCp74s2EZT- Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) December 11, 2019
4:30 p.m. - Lights, camera, action. Kawhi Leonard is back at Scotiabank Arena.
Kawhi returns to Toronto. 🖐- NBA (@NBA) December 11, 2019
🏀: @LAClippers x @Raptors
📺: ESPN pic.twitter.com/bceaC7692s