The LA Clippers grind out a win over the Toronto Raptors in Kawhi Leonard's first game against his former team.
Leonard came close to a triple-double with 12 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists, but he shot only 2-for-11 from the field and committed a career-high nine turnovers. And yet, the Clippers still pulled off the win thanks to a 21-point showing from Lou Williams and a 14-point, 11-rebound double-double from Montrezl Harrell.
It was a struggle for Pascal Siakam and Fred VanVleet, who combined to shoot 11-for-29 in the loss. They were two of only four Raptors to score in double figures, the others being Norman Powell (15) and Chris Boucher (13).
For more on the game, check below for updates, stats and highlights.
Final score: LA Clippers 98, Toronto Raptors 88
12:58 a.m. - Led by Lou Williams, Kawhi Leonard and Montrezl Harrell, the Clippers dominate the fourth quarter to win by double figures. The Raptors fought until the very end, but they simply ran out of gas.
The Raptors will be back in action on Wednesday, when they take on the Portland Trail Blazers.
12:55 a.m. - Turnovers have been a problem, but this was a gorgeous pass from Kawhi Leonard to Montrezl Harrell.
THAT PASS BY KAWHI. LORD. pic.twitter.com/uK0e78wET4- Dime (@DimeUPROXX) November 12, 2019
Leonard now has nine assists in the game.
12:53 a.m. - Kawhi Leonard gets whistled for a travel, his ninth turnover of the game. That's a new career-high.
12:51 a.m. - What a block from Chris Boucher!
WHAT A BLOCK BY BOUCHER! pic.twitter.com/KsumwJoDZ6- Dime (@DimeUPROXX) November 12, 2019
12:48 a.m. - The Raptors might be running out of gas. Prior to Pascal Siakam's dunk in transition, they were 2-for-14 from the field in the fourth quarter.
12:37 a.m. - The Clippers will be without Landry Shamet down the final stretch of this game.
Landry Shamet (left ankle) will not return, per the Clippers.- Jovan Buha (@jovanbuha) November 12, 2019
12:36 a.m. - Chris Boucher drains another 3-pointer, his third of the game.
👌🏽👌🏽👌🏽/👌🏽👌🏽👌🏽 pic.twitter.com/vTFYsGIjQK- Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) November 12, 2019
Boucher is now one of only four Raptors in double figures scoring.
12:35 a.m. - Important few minutes coming up for the Raptors out of this timeout. Clippers have delivered the first punch of the quarter, jumping out to a 9-1 run. Can the Raptors regroup or will the Clippers start to distance themselves?
12:26 a.m. - Good news for the Raptors: Leonard has seven points on 1-for-8 shooting from the field.
Bad news for the Raptors: Leonard is the league's leading scorer in the fourth quarter this season with 13.5 points.
End of third quarter: Raptors 78, Clippers 73
12:23 a.m. - The. Raptors. Just. Keep. Coming.
The Raptors return the favour by outscoring the Clippers in the third quarter, 32-22. Matt Thomas scored five of Toronto's final six points of the period, draining a 3-pointer followed by a midrange pull-up in the closing seconds.
12:20 a.m. - Clippers guard Landry Shamet is heading to the locker with what appears to be an ankle injury.
12:16 a.m. - Chris Boucher checks back into the game ... and immediately picks up his fourth foul.
12:13 a.m. - Kawhi Leonard commits his seventh turnover of the game. He's now one turnover away from tying his career-high in that department.
12:11 a.m. - A Patrick Patterson revenge game? The former Raptor is 4-for-8 from the 3-point line.
12:08 a.m. - Kawhi Leonard's first basket of the night comes near the midpoint of the third quarter.
.@kawhileonard goes coast 2️⃣ coast.- LA Clippers (@LAClippers) November 12, 2019
📺 @FoxSportsWest | #ClipperNation pic.twitter.com/RVT5qukzfA
He's now 1-for-7 from the field.
12:04 a.m. - The Clippers are now 2-for-13 from the field in the third quarter. This possession in particular was a doozy.
12:00 a.m. - Rondae Hollis-Jefferson has been fantastic on both ends. He's close to a double-double with nine points and eight assists, and he's been active defensively against Kawhi Leonard.
RHJ defence- Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) November 12, 2019
RHJ offence pic.twitter.com/UODl1pXasO
Two solid games in a row for Hollis-Jefferson.
End of second quarter: Clippers 51, Raptors 46
11:37 p.m. - The Clippers come alive in the second quarter, outscoring the Raptors 36-23 to regain the lead.
The Raptors have been able to contain Kawhi Leonard so far. All four of his points have come from the free throw line and he's committed four turnovers - though he does have a team-high five assists.
Danny Green and Kawhi Leonard through 1.5 games of this reunion back-to-back vs the Raptors: 0-for-10, 4 points, 5 turnovers.- Josh Lewenberg (@JLew1050) November 12, 2019
Lou Williams and Montrezl Harrell have led the way for the Clippers, combining for 22 points in the first half. There's a reason why Williams was named the league's Sixth Man of the Year last season for the third time in his career and why Harrell was a finalist for the award.
It's been a balanced effort for the Raptors, as eight players are on the scoreboard. Norman Powell and Chris Boucher are the team's leading scorers with eight points each.
11:28 p.m. - One of the best passing big men the NBA has ever seen just doing what he does.
This right here is what you call a DIME pic.twitter.com/EQVmsVd5qd- Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) November 12, 2019
11:25 p.m. - The Raptors aren't giving Kawhi Leonard much breathing room. He's now 0-for-5 from the field. All of his scoring has come from the free throw line.
Leonard does, however, have a game-high four assists.
11:19 p.m. - The second quarter has been all about Montrezl Harrell for the Clippers. He's up to eight points and five rebounds, with a free throw coming following the timeout.
Harrell and Lou Williams are responsible for 17 of the Clippers' 33 points so far in this game.
11:16 p.m. - Unfortunately for the Raptors, Chris Boucher now has three fouls. Pascal Siakam enters the game for him.
11:14 p.m. - Chris Boucher was blocking Anthony Davis and LeBron James on Sunday night. Now he's drawing charges on Kawhi Leonard.
End of first quarter: Raptors 23, Clippers 15
11:06 p.m. - An impressive defensive showing for the Raptors. Even without OG Anunoby, they hold the Clippers to 6-for-21 shooting in the first quarter. Kawhi Leonard's 0-for-3 from the field. His only point came from the free throw line following a technical foul on Raptors head coach Nick Nurse.
11:06 p.m. - Make that eight points for Chris Boucher. He's now the game's leading scorer.
The confidence is beautiful pic.twitter.com/whZK2gPbIX- Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) November 12, 2019
11:05 p.m. - Chris Boucher appears to be picking up from where he left off. He's scored five quick points off the bench.
11:04 p.m. - Fred VanVleet from the parking lot!
Freddy pullin' up from ANYWHERE pic.twitter.com/0RCtZQ6pCu- Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) November 12, 2019
10:59 p.m. - A 10-0 run has the Raptors leading with under four minutes to play in the period.
10:56 p.m. - What a wild turnaround it's been for Rondae Hollis-Jefferson. He's gone from not being in the rotation at all to being the first player off the bench in tonight's game. Not only that, he's been matched up with Kawhi Leonard for most of this first quarter.
10:54 p.m. - It looks like OG Anunoby won't return.
OG Anunoby will not return, per @SNMichaud on the broadcast.- Blake Murphy (@BlakeMurphyODC) November 12, 2019
Anunoby's night ends after less than two minutes of play. The short-handed Raptors are now even more short-handed.
10:51 p.m. - Clippers call their first timeout of the game following Pascal Siakam's first basket of the game. Clippers lead, 9-6.
Kawhi Leonard is on the scoreboard with one point, one assist and one steal.
10:43 p.m. - OG Anunoby appears to have gotten hit in the eye inadvertently by Kawhi Leonard. He is reportedly headed to the locker room.
In the meantime, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson checks in for Anunoby.
10:39 p.m. - Starting for the Clippers: Patrick Beverley, Landry Shamet, Kawhi Leonard, Patrick Patterson and Ivica Zubac.
9:39 p.m. - Same starting lineup as last night for the Raptors: Fred VanVleet, Norman Powell, OG Anunoby, Pascal Siakam and Marc Gasol.
8:54 p.m. - Montrezl Harrell (20.4) and Lou Williams (22.4) are combining for 42.8 points per game so far this season.
The league's top scoring bench duo reporting for duty. pic.twitter.com/pmH7FIPvmM- LA Clippers (@LAClippers) November 12, 2019
8:35 p.m. - The only player who is out for the Clippers is Paul George. He's still expected to make his season debut sometime this week.
For more on what George's return means for Kawhi Leonard and the Clippers, click here.
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