Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - The acquisition of Rudy Gay paid immediate
dividends for the Raptors.
Gay, who came off the bench for his new team Friday night, led the way with 20
points in Toronto's 98-73 blowout of the Los Angeles Clippers.
The Raptors acquired Gay and center Hamed Haddadi on Wednesday from the
Memphis Grizzlies in exchange for guard Jose Calderon, forward Ed Davis and a
2013 second-round draft pick. Memphis then sent Calderon to Detroit for
forwards Tayshaun Prince and Austin Daye.
Gay made half of his 16 shots from the field and was helped by three other
players in double figures, as the Raptors snapped a three-game slide. Amir
Johnson had 19 points and tied a career-best with 16 rebounds. DeMar DeRozan
chipped in 19 points and seven assists, while John Lucas III added 17 points.
Blake Griffin had 17 points and nine rebounds for the Clippers, who played
the second contest of their eight-game Grammy road trip. Jamal Crawford
totaled 14 points, but the Clippers lost for the fifth time in their last
Gay started strong by scoring seven first-quarter points. He entered the game
with 5:10 left in the quarter, and just over two minutes later converted an
alley-oop dunk off a pass from DeRozan. Gay added a second alley-oop jam with
under a minute left in the stanza, just after he nailed a jumper, and
ultimately provided the hosts with a 22-17 lead after 12 minutes.
Griffin's 1-of-2 effort from the foul line had the Clippers within 29-28 with
4:20 left in the half, but the Raptors then embarked on a period-ending 17-2
DeRozan had nine points during the spurt, including a three-point play on a
nice bounce pass from his new teammate. Gay delivered the ball to DeRozan on a
fastbreak for a layup with 20.1 seconds remaining. DeRozan drew contact from
Caron Butler and converted the free throw.
The Clippers went 3-of-15 from the field in the second quarter and didn't have
an answer for Johnson or DeRozan, who combined for 18 points on 8-of-10
shooting in the period.
Toronto was ahead by at least 16 for the entire third quarter, which ended
with high-fives after Gay nailed a 3-pointer from the top of the arc to end
the period. The buckets extended the margin to 72-45.
The lead ballooned to as high as 31 in the final quarter.
Aaron Gray had 12 rebounds for Toronto ... Clipper point guard Chris Paul
missed his sixth straight game due to a bruised right kneecap ... Clippers
forward Matt Barnes sat out due to a one-game suspension for striking
Minnesota's Greg Stiemsma in the neck in the second quarter of a 96-90 win
over the Timberwolves on Wednesday ... The Raptors have won at home four
straight times over the Clippers.
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