Blake Griffin scored 36 points and added 8 rebounds to help the Los Angeles Clippers beat the Toronto Raptors, 118-105. The Clippers had no trouble knocking down shots, finishing 36-71 (50.7%) from the field and 37-54 (68.5%) at the free throw line. Los Angeles (35-18) picked up the win after falling to Miami Heat on Wednesday.
Griffin finished 13-18 from the field, in a good performance. Other key performers for Los Angeles were Jamal Crawford with 21 points and 6 rebounds, DeAndre Jordan with 18 points and 13 rebounds, and Darren Collison with 11 points and 7 assists. DeMar DeRozan had another big game for Toronto despite the loss, putting up 36 points on 9-21 shooting (1-4 on 3-point attempts), in addition to going 17-19 from the free throw line. He also tallied 8 assists and 5 rebounds. Kyle Lowry chipped in 19 points and 6 rebounds, Jonas Valanciunas finished with 11 points and 13 rebounds, and Patrick Patterson put up 10 points and 6 rebounds.
As the numbers predicted, the high-octane offense of Los Angeles (ranked third in the NBA in offensive efficiency) took advantage of the porous defense of Toronto (ranked 27th in defensive efficiency), putting up 1.21 points per possession. The Clippers recorded a FTA rate of 76.1 to go alongside their 57.0% eFG%. They are undefeated (8-0) on the season when eclipsing 35.0 and 55% in those respective offensive factors. The Raptors, however, are winless (0-2) when allowing opponents to reach those thresholds.
This drops Toronto (26-24) to 0-2 against Los Angeles on the year.
Coming up, the Clippers square off with the Philadelphia 76ers, who are 15-36 on the season. The Raptors match up against the New Orleans Pelicans, currently sitting at 22-27 this year. The Clippers have a 1-0 record against Philadelphia this season.
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