Bench contribution carries Raptors past Clippers

Sun Jan 24, 2016 11:05pm EST
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(The Sports Xchange) - Toronto had 51 points from their reserve players and the Los Angeles Clippers had 29 from theirs as the Raptors scored a 112-94 win on Sunday to extend their streak to eight games.

Kyle Lowry had 21 points and six assists for the Raptors (29-15), who are riding the second-longest winning streak in franchise history. They won nine in a row in 2002.

"I thought that second unit got their togetherness and their rhythm and their chemistry going that we're going to need as we go down the road," Raptors coach Dwane Casey said.

Clippers coach Doc Rivers pointed the finger at his bench players.

"It's rare when you lose by 18 points and your starters all have a plus," he said. "That doesn't happen very often. The bench has been good, but tonight they were awful."

Toronto took a 16-point lead in the third quarter, and the Clippers trimmed it to four before the Raptors extended the margin to 22 points during the fourth.

"The starters came back in and cut it to four, we subbed out and it went back to 20, so it was just one of those nights," Rivers said.

The Clippers (28-16) struggled at the free-throw line, going 18-for-30.

The Raptors, who were 18-for-26 from the line, had seven players score in double figures.   Continued...

Jan 24, 2016; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul (3) shields the ball from Toronto Raptors guard Cory Joseph (6) in the first quarter at Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: Peter Llewellyn-USA TODAY Sports