Road Wins Out Of Reach For Clippers, Who Lose To Raptors In Toronto

The Clippers are 4-20 on the road this season.

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Clippers Continue Road Trip From Hell With 98-93 Loss To Raptors

Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Andrea Bargnani netted 27 points and five other Raptors scored in double figures, as Toronto kept the Clippers reeling with a 98-93 victory. DeMar DeRozan tallied 17 points, and Jose Calderon and Ed Davis both recorded double-doubles in Toronto's second win over its last 18 games. Calderon had 10 points and 11 assists, and Davis came off the bench to contribute 13 points and 14 rebounds.

Blake Griffin posted his usual 21-point, 15-rebound effort, but it wasn't enough for a Clippers club coming off an historic loss at Cleveland. Los Angeles has now lost five of six games to start its 11-game road trip, none worse than Friday's 126-119 overtime loss to the Cavaliers, who snapped an NBA record 26-game losing streak with the decision.

The Clippers looked to rebound against another struggling club Sunday, but Toronto took control in the third quarter. There were multiple lead changes and 17 ties in the first 27 minutes of play, but none after Sonny Weems made two free throws for a 56-54 Raptors lead with 8:41 to go in the third.

Toronto's lead reached 76-66 when a Davis jumper ended an 8-0 run late in the frame, which ended with the hosts holding a 78-71 advantage. The Clippers trailed the entire fourth quarter, and failed to pull within one possession when Baron Davis missed a fadeaway with just over two minutes left.

Leandro Barbosa came down and got a runner to fall for a 94-87 cushion, and after a Griffin dunk, Bargnani pulled up from just inside the three-point line and drained a jumper from the top of the key to all but seal the outcome. An evenly-played first half saw both teams score 24 points in both the first and second quarters.

Toronto has won five straight over the Clippers...Baron Davis scored 20 points and dished out seven assists for LA, which got 17 points from Brian Cook and 14 from Ryan Gomes...Barbosa and Weems logged 11 and 10 points, respectively, for Toronto.

For more information on today's game, be sure to read Clips Nation.


Clippers Vs. Raptors: Game Preview & Probable Starting Lineups

The Los Angeles Clippers face another struggling team today in the Toronto Raptors at Air Canada Centre in Toronto. However, they hope for a better result than they got Friday night in Cleveland. The Raptors haven't lost 26 straight games or 36 out of 37 like the Cavs did, but they are on their way. Toronto has lost 16 of their last 17 games heading into today's game.

Both the Clippers and Raptors were 13-24 at one point this season, but the Clippers have been improving. The Clippers are 7-9 in their last 16 games, which has been made worse by their 1-4 road trip. The Clippers have played nine road games in the calendar year of 2011, and they have lost eight of those games. Here are today's probable starting lineups:

Clippers (20-33)

Point Guard: Baron Davis

Shooting Guard: Randy Foye

Small Forward: Ryan Gomes

Power Forward: Blake Griffin

Center: DeAndre Jordan

Raptors (14-40)

Point Guard: Jose Calderon

Shooting Guard: DeMar DeRozan

Small Forward: Sonny Weems

Power Forward: Ed Davis

Center: Andrea Bargnani

Amir Johnson, who missed Friday's game against Portland with a sprained right ankle, is listed as day-to-day.

For more information on today's game, be sure to read Clips Nation.


Clippers Seek Rare Road Win Facing Raptors In Toronto

The Los Angeles Clippers will try to erase the memories of losing Friday night as they battle the Toronto Raptors at the Air Canada Centre. Blake Griffin had 32 points and 13 rebounds on Friday in Cleveland, but the Clippers managed to lose to the Cavaliers, snapping their NBA-record 26-game losing streak. The loss dropped the Clippers to 1-4 on their eight-game road trip, and dropped the Clippers' road record to just 4-19 on the season.

It's times like these that the Clippers miss Eric Gordon the most. They have had leads in the final minute of regulation in both Atlanta and Cleveland, but have been unable to close the game without their floor leader. A 3-2 trip so far would be much better for the psyche than the current 1-4 funk. Gordon has missed the last 10 games with a sprain and small bone chip fracture in his right wrist, and he is back in Los Angeles and not with the team.

Today's game features two teams that thrive in the paint. The Clippers average 47.3 points in the paint per game, second only to Memphis in the NBA. Toronto is fourth in points in the paint, scoring 44.9 points per contest. The Raptors have beaten the Clippers four straight times. This is the first meeting between the two teams this season.

For more information on today's game, be sure to read Clips Nation.

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