Paul, Griffin lead Clippers to 123-115 win over Raptors
LOS ANGELES (AP) Chris Paul had 26 points and 12 assists, Blake Griffin also scored 26 and the Los Angeles Clippers beat the Toronto Raptors 123-115 on Monday night in a matchup of early-season division leaders.
DeAndre Jordan added 17 points and 15 rebounds for the Clippers, who improved to an NBA-best 13-2 with their 10th victory in 11 games.
J.J. Redick scored 20 points as Los Angeles snapped a four-game losing streak to Toronto. Jamal Crawford had 12 and Luc Mbah a Moute chipped in with 10.
The Clippers led by 17 points in the second half but the Raptors cut the margin to 119-115 on a 3-pointer by Kyle Lowry with less than a minute to play. Redick made four free throws down the stretch to seal it.
Lowry led Toronto with 27 points and DeMar DeRozan, averaging 31.4 per game, added 25. Jonas Valanciunas scored 15 for the Raptors.
The Clippers outrebounded the Raptors 42-32.
It was the second time this season Toronto (8-6) dropped both ends of back-to-back games. The Raptors, playing for the fifth time in seven nights, lost their fourth in five games.
The teams traded 10-0 runs late in the second quarter. Redick's three free throws with less than a second remaining gave the Clippers a 54-45 lead at halftime.
Raptors: Lowry, DeRozan and Jordan were teammates on the 2016 USA Olympic Men's Basketball team that captured the gold medal in Rio.
Clippers: Entering the game, Los Angeles led the NBA with a plus-13.7 points per game differential advantage over its opponents and was second in the league in scoring defense, giving up 95.4 points per game. … F Wesley Johnson returned after missing the previous five games with an injured left heel. He played 11 minutes and had three rebounds. … Jordan shot 9 of 14 on free throws and has made 1,007 in his career.
Raptors: Toronto continues a five-game road trip, its second-longest of the season, on Wednesday at Houston. The Raptors are winless in their last nine visits to Houston.
Clippers: Los Angeles embarks on a six-game road trip with its first stop in Dallas on Wednesday evening against the Mavericks. The Clippers are 6-0 away from home, the longest road winning streak to start a season in franchise history.