Clippers 78, Raptors 68

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TORONTO (AP)—The Los Angeles Clippers didn’t care that they were missing two of their best players. They just wanted to return home with a win.

Elton Brand had 19 points and 14 rebounds, and Chris Wilcox added 17 points and eight rebounds to help the short-handed Clippers beat the Toronto Raptors 78-68 on Friday night.

“We wanted to salvage this road trip. We were 0-2 with tough losses,” said Brand, whose team was blown out by New Jersey and Philadelphia.

“We were missing two of our top players, Corey Maggette and Quentin Richardson, but it doesn’t matter. Guys had to step up and we did. I’m proud of this win.”

Maggette served the second game of his two-game suspension for fighting with New Jersey’s Kenyon Martin. Richardson has a strained right hand.

Brand and Wilcox combined for 36 points and 22 rebounds, while Toronto’s starting big men combined for just 10 points and seven rebounds.

“Tonight was my night. I stepped up and we got the win,” Wilcox said. “We just had to get this win. I didn’t want to go back 0-3.”

Jalen Rose had 26 points, but Vince Carter went 5-for-18 from the field and scored just 12 points for the Raptors, who were booed off the court.

Raptors rookie center Chris Bosh missed the game with a strained right knee. Lonny Baxter, who replaced Bosh as the starting center, had just one rebound.

Donyell Marshall, Toronto’s starting power forward, went 0-for-5 from the field for just two points and six rebounds.

“I don’t want to take anything away from the Clippers but that is a team we should have beat,” Rose said.

Los Angeles outscored Toronto 36-20 in the paint, and outrebounded the Raptors 41-32.

“We got outplayed. Every one of us. Coaches, players alike,” Toronto coach Kevin O’Neill said. “Energy and hustle are expected. It should be expected in this league and when you don’t have it it’s disappointing no matter where you play. I’m concerned.”

Brand had six points and Wilcox five as Los Angeles began the second half with a 15-4 run. Bobby Simmons capped the run with two free throws, giving the Clippers a 13-point lead.

Brand’s offensive rebound and basket gave the Clippers a 10-point lead with 2:38 remaining in the fourth.

Rice followed with a driving layup, but Toronto’s Alvin Williams made a 3-pointer, cutting the lead to 10.

Rose’s 3-pointer cut it to seven with 1:12 left, but Brand made a jumper with 45 seconds to go and Rice made two free throws with 37 seconds remaining.

After Carter missed a 3-pointer, Eddie House made one of three free throws with 28 seconds left, giving Los Angeles an 11-point lead.

“They settled for jump shots and missed them,” Brand said.


Toronto’s 16 turnovers led to 22 points. … The Raptors went 6-for-11 from the free throw line. … Los Angeles center Chris Kaman played just five minutes. … Rose had 13 points in the fourth. … The Raptors went 4-for-18from behind the 3-point arc.

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