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Streaking Raptors finish L.A. sweep

Kyle Lowry, driving on the Clippers’ Wesley Johnson, has 21 points to lead the Raptors to their eighth straight victory.

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Kyle Lowry, driving on the Clippers’ Wesley Johnson, has 21 points to lead the Raptors to their eighth straight victory.

TORONTO — Kyle Lowry scored 21 and Jonas Valanciunas 20 as the Raptors beat the Clippers 112-94 Sunday for their season-high eighth straight win.

DeMar DeRozan and Terrence Ross added 18 points each for the Raptors. Ross made 5 of 7 3-pointers and totaled at least 10 points off the bench for the fourth straight game.

Chris Paul had 23 points and 11 assists for the Clippers, and DeAndre Jordan had 15 and 13 rebounds. JJ Redick scored 17 for Los Angeles.

The Raptors beat the Clippers for the fourth straight time, completing a second straight season sweep. Toronto swept both Los Angeles teams in the same season for the first time in franchise history, having beaten the Lakers in both meetings already.

The Raptors' winning streak is the second-longest in franchise history, one short of the team record set in the 2001-02 season.

Even without star forward Blake Griffin, who has missed 14 games with a strained left quad, the Clippers went in with 12 wins in their previous 14, including 11-2 in Griffin's absence.

Toronto's depth proved decisive Sunday, with the Raptors' reserves outscoring their Clippers counterparts 51-29.

Seven Raptors scored in double figures, with Lowry and Ross making a combined 8 of 13 3-pointers. The Raptors shot 54.5 percent from beyond the arc to 30.8 percent by the Clippers.

After topping 30 points in each of the past three games, DeRozan's hot hand showed no signs of slowing down early as he hit his first four shots from the field plus two free throws.

GAME HIGHLIGHTS: James Harden had 23 points, 15 rebounds and 10 assists, Trevor Ariza scored a season-high 29 and the host Rockets rallied for a 115-104 win over the Mavericks. … Brook Lopez had a season-high 31 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, and the host Nets snapped the Thunder's seven-game winning streak with a 116-106 victory. … Jae Crowder and Isaiah Thomas scored 20 each, and the visiting Celtics cruised to a 112-92 victory over the 76ers.

AROUND THE LEAGUE: Spurs forward Tim Duncan has been declared out for tonight's game against the Warriors with a sore right knee. Coach Gregg Popovich did not elaborate on Duncan's injury. San Antonio is riding a 13-game winning streak coming into Oracle Arena, where Golden State is determined to extend its 38-game regular-season home winning streak dating to late last January that includes a 20-0 mark this season.

Raptors 112, Clippers 94

L.A. CLIPPERS (94): Mbah a Moute 1-5 4-6 6, Pierce 1-5 1-2 4, Jordan 6-9 3-9 15, Paul 9-17 2-3 23, Redick 5-10 5-7 17, W.Johnson 2-7 0-0 6, Crawford 1-6 1-1 3, Rivers 4-8 0-0 8, Aldrich 1-2 0-0 2, Prigioni 0-1 0-0 0, Stephenson 4-4 0-0 8, Wilcox 0-2 0-0 0, Ayres 0-0 2-2 2. Totals 34-76 18-30 94.

TORONTO (112): J.Johnson 1-4 0-0 2, Scola 0-4 0-0 0, Valanciunas 8-11 4-6 20, Lowry 7-14 4-5 21, DeRozan 6-17 4-4 18, Ross 6-10 1-2 18, Patterson 4-8 0-0 10, Biyombo 4-6 2-3 10, Joseph 5-8 2-2 12, Wright 0-0 1-4 1, Bennett 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 41-83 18-26 112.

L.A. Clippers 34 15 22 23— 94

Toronto 27 35 21 29— 112

3-Point GoalsL.A. Clippers 8-26 (Paul 3-7, Redick 2-5, W.Johnson 2-7, Pierce 1-3, Crawford 0-1, Rivers 0-1, Mbah a Moute 0-1, Prigioni 0-1), Toronto 12-22 (Ross 5-7, Lowry 3-6, DeRozan 2-2, Patterson 2-5, Scola 0-1, Bennett 0-1). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsL.A. Clippers 45 (Jordan 13), Toronto 59 (Biyombo 9). AssistsL.A. Clippers 21 (Paul 11), Toronto 19 (Lowry 6). Total FoulsL.A. Clippers 28, Toronto 26. TechnicalsCrawford, Patterson, Toronto defensive three second. A19,800 (19,800).

Rockets 115, Mavericks 104

DALLAS (104): Parsons 10-15 6-9 31, Nowitzki 7-13 1-1 19, Mejri 4-6 2-2 10, Williams 1-9 2-2 4, Matthews 5-11 1-2 15, Felton 6-10 3-3 16, Barea 1-7 0-0 3, Harris 0-0 0-0 0, Villanueva 0-2 0-0 0, Powell 2-4 2-3 6, Anderson 0-2 0-0 0, Jenkins 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 36-79 17-22 104.

HOUSTON (115): Ariza 11-15 1-4 29, Brewer 5-11 3-3 13, Capela 4-7 0-3 8, Beverley 3-10 0-0 7, Harden 7-18 6-6 23, Jones 0-0 1-2 1, Lawson 4-6 1-1 10, Smith 6-14 2-2 16, Thornton 0-3 0-0 0, Terry 3-5 0-0 8. Totals 43-89 14-21 115.

Dallas 29 29 27 19— 104

Houston 36 14 34 31— 115

3-Point GoalsDallas 15-30 (Parsons 5-6, Nowitzki 4-6, Matthews 4-7, Barea 1-2, Felton 1-3, Villanueva 0-1, Anderson 0-2, Williams 0-3), Houston 15-44 (Ariza 6-9, Harden 3-10, Terry 2-4, Smith 2-6, Lawson 1-2, Beverley 1-7, Thornton 0-2, Brewer 0-4). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsDallas 47 (Mejri 11), Houston 54 (Harden 15). AssistsDallas 17 (Williams 5), Houston 27 (Harden 10). Total FoulsDallas 20, Houston 21. TechnicalsHouston defensive three second. A18,142 (18,023).

Nets 116, Thunder 106

OKLAHOMA CITY (106): Durant 11-22 8-10 32, Ibaka 5-11 0-0 10, Collison 1-1 1-2 3, Westbrook 12-27 2-5 27, Roberson 0-0 0-0 0, Waiters 3-9 1-2 9, Kanter 4-12 0-0 8, Payne 4-5 0-0 10, Singler 3-6 0-0 7, Morrow 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 43-93 12-19 106.

BROOKLYN (116): Johnson 5-14 2-2 13, Young 7-17 0-0 14, Lopez 11-19 9-10 31, Sloan 2-6 5-10 11, Ellington 4-11 0-0 9, Reed 2-4 1-2 5, Bogdanovic 7-12 0-0 18, Larkin 4-7 1-1 9, Karasev 1-2 0-0 2, Bargnani 2-2 0-0 4. Totals 45-94 18-25 116.

Oklahoma City 28 24 25 29— 106

Brooklyn 30 30 25 31— 116

3-Point GoalsOklahoma City 8-26 (Payne 2-3, Waiters 2-5, Durant 2-10, Singler 1-2, Westbrook 1-4, Ibaka 0-2), Brooklyn 8-17 (Bogdanovic 4-6, Sloan 2-2, Johnson 1-3, Ellington 1-5, Larkin 0-1). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsOklahoma City 56 (Westbrook 11), Brooklyn 57 (Young 14). AssistsOklahoma City 20 (Westbrook, Durant 7), Brooklyn 24 (Johnson 6). Total FoulsOklahoma City 19, Brooklyn 17. A16,019 (17,732).

Celtics 112, 76ers 92

BOSTON (112): Crowder 7-12 2-2 20, Johnson 1-3 1-2 3, Sullinger 4-12 0-0 8, Thomas 8-17 3-3 20, Bradley 7-13 2-2 19, Turner 4-9 3-4 11, Smart 6-11 1-2 16, Jerebko 1-8 0-0 2, Olynyk 2-5 1-2 5, Zeller 3-4 0-0 6, Rozier 0-2 2-2 2, Hunter 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 43-97 15-19 112.

PHILADELPHIA (92): Covington 6-15 7-9 25, Noel 6-9 0-0 12, Okafor 5-10 0-0 10, Smith 3-12 1-2 7, Sampson 1-3 0-0 2, Thompson 2-6 0-0 5, Grant 2-7 4-6 8, McConnell 4-7 0-0 8, Holmes 2-7 0-1 4, Canaan 2-4 2-2 7, Stauskas 1-6 0-0 2, Marshall 1-3 0-0 2. Totals 35-89 14-20 92.

Boston 30 28 36 18— 112

Philadelphia 25 18 26 23— 92

3-Point GoalsBoston 11-25 (Crowder 4-6, Bradley 3-4, Smart 3-6, Thomas 1-3, Hunter 0-1, Rozier 0-1, Olynyk 0-1, Jerebko 0-3), Philadelphia 8-26 (Covington 6-13, Thompson 1-1, Canaan 1-3, McConnell 0-1, Holmes 0-1, Marshall 0-1, Grant 0-2, Stauskas 0-4). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsBoston 61 (Johnson 12), Philadelphia 57 (Noel 9). AssistsBoston 29 (Sullinger 7), Philadelphia 17 (Smith 4). Total FoulsBoston 17, Philadelphia 20. TechnicalsBoston defensive three second 2. A9,722 (20,318).

Streaking Raptors finish L.A. sweep 01/24/16 [Last modified: Sunday, January 24, 2016 10:13pm]
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