Kawhi Leonard leads Clippers past Raptors in 1st game vs old team

first_imgEthel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Leonard finished with 12 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists to go with those nine turnovers, prompting Clippers coach Doc Rivers to joke about “almost a quadruple-double.”Throughout the game, Leonard faced plenty of double coverage.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practice“As soon as I walked across half-court they tried to get the ball out of my hands,” he said. “They did a great job on me defending and sending an extra body. It got me better and it’s going to get my teammates better.”Last season, Leonard led the Raptors to their first championship, averaging 30.5 points and 9.1 rebounds in 24 postseason games to earn his second Finals MVP award. Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics “It’s just fun, just be able to compete against guys who you were with last year,” Leonard said. “It’s a little bit more competitive because you do talk to them.”Not much, though.“Maybe whispered a little bit to him here or there about missing a free throw,” Fred VanVleet said, “but it didn’t work.”Siakam had 16 points and 10 rebounds, Norman Powell added 15 points and VanVleet had 14 points for the injury-depleted Raptors, who had their three-game winning streak snapped in the second game of a back-to-back after beating the Lakers on Sunday.“That’s a hell of a team to play on a back-to-back short-handed,” VanVleet said. “Just kind of ran ourselves into the mud and give those guys credit, they closed it out.”VanVleet was 1 for 7 in the fourth after notching three double-doubles in his previous five games.Toronto was 4 of 24 from the floor in a fourth quarter that featured a series of mad dashes and bodies piled in the paint on both ends.The Raptors tied the game for the last time at 82 on Chris Boucher’s 3-pointer. They managed just three field goals the rest of the way.“Our guys played their guts out. We totally outplayed them,” Raptors coach Nick Nurse said. “We were playing harder, executing better, creating a lot of problems for them but just not quite enough.”IN YOUR EYE MOST READ LATEST STORIES Rice industry paralysis NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers PLAY LIST 01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? 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Raptors starting forward OG Anunoby got poked in the right eye by Leonard while scrambling for a rebound two minutes into the game and didn’t return. Anunoby’s eye was patched after the game and he’ll see a doctor on Tuesday. Nurse was asked about Anunoby getting called for a foul on the play. “The guy lost both his contacts and cut his eye open with blood,” he said. “Are you kidding me?” Leonard said he would text Anunoby to see how he’s doing.HE SAID IT“I could complain about officiating if you guys want to pitch into the fine pool.” — VanVleet to reporters.TIP-INSRaptors: They were without G Kyle Lowry (broken left thumb) and F/C Serge Ibaka (right ankle sprain), who both got hurt Friday at New Orleans. Lowry will be re-evaluated in two weeks, while Ibaka is out indefinitely.Clippers: Starting G Landry Shamet went down near the baseline late in the third and had to be helped off the court after spraining his ankle. He was on crutches afterward. … Los Angeles improved to 6-1 at home.HONORING GEORGEPaul George had his No. 24 jersey retired at Fresno State, where Clippers owner Steve Ballmer and some of his current teammates surprised him.George was honored at halftime of Sunday’s 77-74 victory over Winthrop in front of 8,529 fans. He and former Bulldogs coach Jerry Tarkanian are the only basketball jerseys to be retired by the school, where George played from 2008-10 before leaving early for the NBA draft.“We walked in and he was shocked to see us,” Rivers said. “A really cool thing. It was great for Paul.” Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Beverley, Shamet, Jerome Robinson and Ivica Zubac were aboard the short flight arranged by Ballmer.“My plane was broke,” joked Rivers.UP NEXTRaptors: Visit the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday in the fourth of five road games, tying their longest trip of the season.Clippers: At the Houston Rockets on Wednesday to start a quick two-game trip that ends in New Orleans.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’ “I had a great time there. It’s the next chapter now. I can’t live in the past,” he said. “I’m with a different team and they want to have that same feeling.”The Clippers shot just 37% but dominated the boards 66-38, led by 12 each from Patrick Beverley and JaMychal Green.Los Angeles’ bench outscored Toronto’s reserves 56-35, with Montrezl Harrell adding 14 points and 11 rebounds and Green posting 10 points and 12 rebounds.Leonard’s first five points all came on free throws, including two technicals. He missed his first six field goal attempts and finally scored on a coast-to-coast layup midway through the third quarter to put the Clippers up 62-55.From there, the Raptors outscored Los Angles 23-11 the rest of the period. Pascal Siakam had seven points and Fred VanVleet added five in the spurt as neither team led by more than two until Matt Thomas’ 3-pointer and basket sent the Raptors into the fourth leading 78-73.ADVERTISEMENT Timberwolves beat Pistons to spoil Griffin return What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? 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