The Raptors lost OG Anunoby early in the game when he was poked in the eye inadvertently by Kawhi Leonard. Anunoby left the game bleeding and did not return. Raptors coach Nick Nurse was hit with a technical foul when he argued for a foul call.

From the Los Angeles Daily News

-By MIRJAM SWANSON | mswanson@scng.com | Southern California News Group
PUBLISHED: November 11, 2019 at 10:37 pm | UPDATED: November 11, 2019 at 11:30 pm

LOS ANGELES — In a knock-down, drag-out defensive test of mettle, Kawhi Leonard and the Clippers took a proud champion’s best shot and withstood it, defeating the Toronto Raptors 98-88 on Monday.

Leonard stepped on the court with Pascal Siakam and Fred VanVleet and crew for the first time since June 13, when they won an NBA title together.

This time, of course, Leonard was working against the guys with Raptors across their chest, having departed in free agency, ending months of speculation by choosing to come home to Southern California and play for the Clippers rather than run it back with Toronto.

Leonard told the Staples Center crowd, split in its allegiances Monday, that it meant something to face his former teammates: “Definitely. Got to know the guys inside and out, on and off the court. We had fun, it was fun to compete against them tonight.”

His presence in L.A. made the Clippers immediate favorites among oddsmakers and league general managers – but Monday it was the Raptors who played, fittingly, like champions the past two days, splitting a tough Staples Center back to back despite two of their starters being sidelined by injury.

On Sunday, Toronto (7-3) stormed past the Lakers 113-104, disrupting their seven-game winning streak and shutting out former Raptor Danny Green.

On Monday, the Raptors took it to Leonard and his new company, playing swarming, relentless defense and making L.A. work for the win before an enthusiastic crowd split in its allegiances.

Toronto trailed by only four points on Chris Boucher’s putback with 1:42 left, but then Leonard’s ninth assist set up a flying Montrezl Harrell dunk followed by a pair of Leonard makes at the line with 43 seconds to go effectively closed the door.

“They’re a confident team,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said before the game. “I call it the championship rub. You win the title, you can lose five guys … and guys believe they can win because they have won. They know how to win together, so you see them playing that way as a group, you can’t break that.”

The victory was costly for the Clippers (7-3), who lost starting shooting guard Landry Shamet in the third quarter, when the team said he sprained his left ankle while defending Fred VanVleet, his former college teammate, on a drive to the hoop. Shamet, who did not put any weight on his left foot while he was helped to the locker room, left the locker room on crutches after the game and will undergo an MRI in the morning.

Toronto led 78-73 entering the fourth quarter, when Leonard had been hot this season, averaging a league-best 13.5 points per game entering Monday.

RAPTORS AT CLIPPERS PREGAME NOTES: “The Raptors have won their past 12 regular-season games against Pacific Division teams (10–0 last season, 2–0 this season). They are the first Eastern Conference team to win 12 straight games vs. the Pacific Division since a 14-game streak by Cleveland from February 2009 to March 2010.”



• The Toronto Raptors continue a five game Western Conference road trip (Nov. 8-16) Monday night against the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center. This matches Toronto’s longest road trip of the season. The Raptors will also play five in a row on the road March 1-9. Toronto’s next home is Nov. 18 vs. Charlotte. The Raptors play eight of 13 games on the road in the month of November.

• Toronto was 11-4 on the road vs. Western Conference opponents last season. The Raptors are the only Eastern Conference team to finish with a +.500 record on the road against the West each of the past four seasons (2015-19). Since the start of the 2015-16 campaign, Toronto is 37-25 (.597) when facing a Western Conference opponent on the road.

Fred VanVleet finished with 23 points, 10 assists and a career high-tying seven rebounds in 38 minutes Nov. 10 at LA Lakers. VanVleet posted his second consecutive double-double and third in the last five games (Oct. 30 – Nov. 10). He is averaging 14.4 points, 8.8 assists and 4.2 rebounds during this stretch. VanVleet had one double-double in his first three seasons combined (2016-19).

Pascal Siakam contributed 24 points and 11 rebounds in 42 minutes Sunday vs. the Lakers. Siakam has now recorded at least 20 points and 10 rebounds in three straight games (Nov. 6-10) – the longest of his career. The only other player in Raptors history with a regular-season streak of three or more games of that kind is Chris Bosh, who did it numerous times, including a team-record six straight games in 2007. Kawhi Leonard also did it in three consecutive playoff games during the 2019 postseason.

• The Raptors have won their past 12 regular-season games against Pacific Division teams (10–0 last season, 2–0 this season). They are the first Eastern Conference team to win 12 straight games vs. the Pacific Division since a 14-game streak by Cleveland from February 2009 to March 2010.

The Raptors’ bench matched a season high with 43 points, including 24 in the fourth quarter, Sunday night against the Lakers. The Raptors had three reserves score in double digits – Chris Boucher (15), Terence Davis ll (13) and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (10). Boucher’s 15 points matched his career high. Boucher was named the 2018-19 NBA G League Most Valuable Player and NBA G League Defensive Player of the Year, becoming the first player to win both awards in the same season.

Kyle Lowry (distal phalanx fracture – left thumb) and Serge Ibaka (right ankle sprain) both sustained injuries Nov. 8 at New Orleans. Lowry will be re-evaluated in two weeks, while Ibaka is out indefinitely

. • Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard helped the Raptors win the 2019 NBA Championship. Leonard averaged career highs of 26.6 points, 7.3 rebounds and 34.0 minutes in 60 games (all starts) last season. He was named to the All-NBA Second Team and NBA All-Defensive Second Team. In the postseason, Leonard posted averages of 30.5 points and 9.1 rebounds in 24 contests, and won his second Finals MVP.

F – OG ANUNOBY #3 • Finished with seven points, three rebounds and one steal in 26 minutes of action Nov. 10 at LA Lakers. • Has scored 10 or more points six times, including a season-high 21 points Nov. 8 at New Orleans. • Ranks fourth in the NBA in three-point field goal percentage (.528); has made multiple threes in five games.

F – PASCAL SIAKAM #43 • Recorded his team leading fourth double-double with 24 points and 11 rebounds Nov. 10 at LA Lakers. • Has posted four games of 30+ points; had five 30-point performances last season. • Ranks seventh in the NBA in scoring (27.4) and tied for eighth in minutes per game (35.4).

C – MARC GASOL #33 • Totaled two points, seven rebounds and two assists in 33 minutes Nov. 10 at LA Lakers. • Needs 22 points to reach 12,000 career points in the NBA. • Has collected 10+ rebounds three times, including a season-high 12 rebounds Nov. 2 at Milwaukee.

G – NORMAN POWELL #24 • Contributed 14 points and five rebounds in 26 minutes in first start of the season Nov. 10 at LA Lakers. • Has scored in double figures in consecutive games (Nov. 8-10); averaging 16.0 points over the last two contests. • Averaging 11.0 points, 3.2 rebounds and 26.4 minutes in 64 career games as a starter.

G – FRED VANVLEET #23 • Totaled 23 points, 10 assists and a career high-tying seven rebounds in 39 minutes Nov. 10 at LA Lakers. • Has recorded at least five assists in all nine games this season – the longest streak of his career. • Ranks third in the NBA in minutes per game (37.4) and eighth in assists (7.7).


Serge Ibaka (Right ankle sprain) – Out Kyle Lowry (Distal phalanx fracture – left thumb) – Out Patrick McCaw (Left knee surgery) – Out


Toronto Raptors (7-2) at L.A. Clippers (6-3) Regular Season Game 10; Home Game 7 Staples Center; Los Angeles, CA Monday, November 11, 2019 – 7:30 p.m. (PST) TV: Prime Ticket / NBA TV; Radio: AM 570 L.A. Sports.


2 KAWHI LEONARD F • 6-7 • 225

2019-20 Regular Season Stats


30.9 29.0 8.1 5.4 2.1 1.1 .462 .306 .868

LAST GAME: Tallied a game-high 27 points (9-23 FG, 0-5 3PT, 9-10 FT), 13 rebounds and 4 assists in 33:23 minutes. PLAYER NOTES • Ranks tied for fourth in points (29.0), fifth in steals (2.1) and leads the NBA in fourth quarter points (13.5). • 10/31 vs. SAS, became first Clipper since Blake Griffin on 11/25/15 to record 38+ points and 12+ rebounds. • 10/22 vs. LAL, became the 5th player in the last 40 years to record 30+ points 5+ boards and 5+ assists in a team debut.

54 PATRICK PATTERSON F • 6-8 • 235

2019-20 Regular Season Stats
21.5 4.8 4.1 1.2 0.2 0.1 .333 .344 .500
LAST GAME: Tallied 6 points (2-7 FG, 1-4 3PT, 1-2 FT) and 3 rebounds in 20:15 minutes. PLAYER NOTES • Ranks fourth on the Clippers in 3 PT FG% (.344) and sixth in rebounds (4.1). • 10/24 at Golden State, set a career high with six 3PM. • Appeared in 63 games for Oklahoma City last season, averaged 3.6 points and 2.3 rebounds in 13.7 minutes.

40 IVICA ZUBAC C • 7-0 • 265

2019-20 Regular Season Stats
16.1 9.6 6.8 0.6 0.2 1.4 .681 .— .846

LAST GAME: Tallied 15 points (7-12 FG, 1-2 FT), 13 rebounds and 2 blocked shots in 19:58 minutes. PLAYER NOTES • Currently leads the Clippers in blocks (1.6) and ranks second in rebounds (6.8). • 11/7 vs. Portland, became the first Clipper to have 15+ points and 13+ rebounds in under 20 minutes of action. • 10/28 vs. Charlotte, tallied a career-high five blocks in the contest.

20 LANDRY SHAMET G • 6-4 • 180

2019-20 Regular Season Stats

30.7 9.4 1.6 1.7 0.4 0.1 .389 .358 100
LAST GAME: Tallied 8 points (2-4 FG, 2-4 3PT, 2-2 FT), 1 rebound and 1 steal in 30:07 minutes. PLAYER NOTES • 11/6 vs. Milwaukee, set new fourth quarter career highs in points (14) and FGM (5). • 10/28 vs. CHA, collected four 3PM in the 1st quarter, finishing with his 2nd best scoring 1st quarter in his career (14). • 167 3PT-FG ranked 4th in NBA rookie history. 1-of-15 players in NBA history w/ 100+ 3PT-FG in first 55 career games.

21 PATRICK BEVERLEY G • 6-1 • 180
2019-20 Regular Season Stats
30.8 7.2 6.2 3.2 1.7 0.6 .362 .194 .727
LAST GAME: Tallied 2 points (1-5 FG, 0-1 3PT), 4 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 blocked shots in 30:48 minutes. PLAYER NOTES • Currently ranks second on the Clippers in steals (1.7). • 11/6 vs. Milwaukee, scored a season-high 20 points en route to collecting his 3,500th point of his career. • 11/3 vs. Utah, set a first-half career high with eight rebounds.


• 11/7 vs. Portland, Doc Rivers became the 13th head coach in NBA history to win 900 career games.

• 11/7 vs. Portland, Ivica Zubac became the first Clipper to have 15+ points and 13+ rebounds in under 20 minutes of action.
• 11/6 vs. Milwaukee, Montrezl Harrell became the first Clipper since Blake Griffin on 2/5/14 vs. Miami to have 34+ points, 13+ total rebounds and 6+ offensive rebounds.

• 10/31 vs. San Antonio, Kawhi Leonard became the first Clipper since Blake Griffin on 11/25/15 vs. Utah to record 38+ points and 12+ rebounds.

ZU: According to Elias Sports Bureau, Ivica Zubac became the first player in franchise history to have 15+ points and 13+ rebounds in under 20 minutes of action on 11/7 vs. Portland. Zubac also tied his career high by collecting nine offensive rebounds in the contest.

WINNING RIVERS: Head coach Doc Rivers recorded his 900th career victory with the Clippers’ 107-101 win over the Portland Trail Blazers on November 7, 2019. Rivers is just the 13th coach all-time to win at least 900 games and joins Gregg Popovich as the only active head coaches to do so. He is also the second-winningest active coach and 9th winningest coach all-time among 31 coaches that have coached at least 1,000 games. HIGHEST WINNING PERCENTAGE, ACTIVE COACHES (1000+ games coached, All-Time) MOST REGULAR SEASON WINS (ACTIVE COACHES)

TREZ: On 11/6 vs. Milwaukee, Montrezl Harrell set a new career high with 34 points on the night en route to collecting his 3,000th career point. Harrell became the first Clipper since Blake Griffin on 2/5/14 vs. Miami to collect 34+ points, 13+ total rebounds and 6+ offensive rebounds. The Clippers center currently leads the NBA with a 67.6 FG% (min. 75 FGA).

CLOSERS: In their win on 11/3 vs. Utah, the Clippers scored a season-high 40 points in the fourth quarter. As a team, the Clippers are tied for second in fourth quarter points (31.0), tied for 10th in steals (2.0) and have the third best plus/minus differential (4.8) in the NBA. Kawhi Leonard currently leads the NBA in fourth quarter scoring (13.5) and steals (1.3).

DEEP SQUAD: The Clippers currently lead the NBA in bench scoring (50.6 ppg), rank second in field goal percentage (50.5%) and fifth in three-point field goal percentage (38.3%). L.A. has outscored their opponents’ bench in eight of nine games this season. The dynamic duo of Lou Williams and Montrezl Harrell are once again both in the top five in the NBA in bench scoring. Williams ranks second in the NBA in bench scoring (20.6 ppg) and Harrell currently ranks fourth in bench scoring (18.8 ppg).

HOME COOKING: With their win on 11/3 vs. Utah, the Clippers moved to a perfect 4-0 record at home, marking the best start at home since the 2013-14 season and only the third time they’ve accomplished the feat since the 2006-07 season.

DOUBLE-DOUBLE: Kawhi Leonard scored 38 points and recorded 12 rebounds on 10/31 vs. San Antonio, becoming the first Clipper since Blake Griffin on 11/25/15 vs. Utah to record 38+ points and 12+ rebounds in a regular-season matchup. Leonard accomplished his double-double with 7:47 remaining in the third quarter. According to Elias Sports Bureau, it was the third fastest double-double in his career. With 38 points scored on the night, it was also the second highest scoring double-double in Leonard’s career.

J-MYKE: JaMychal Green scored his highest point total as a Clipper with 23 in the contest on October 30 at Utah. Also in the game, Green set a new career high with five three-pointers scored and set another career high for points in a quarter, scoring 14 in the fourth. Green is 19-for-41 (46.3%) from three-point range this season ranking seventh in the NBA in 3PT FG% (min. 40 3PA)

. • FIRST IMPRESSION: Kawhi Leonard recorded 146 points (29.2 ppg) in his first five games in a Clippers uniform. In Clippers history, Leonard ranks fourth for most points through the first five games of a season.

DIMES: Through the first four games of the season, Kawhi Leonard recorded 30 assists (7.5 apg), including a career-high 10 assists in the contest against the Phoenix Suns on 10/26. Leonard’s next highest assist total through the first four games of any season in his NBA career is 17 accomplished in 2016.

CAREER NIGHTS: Kawhi Leonard dished a career-high nine assists in the Clippers 141-122 victory against the Golden State Warriors on October 24 and followed it up with a career-high 10 assists on October 26 at Phoenix. Patrick Patterson also scored a career-high six three-pointers in the contest, finishing with his first 20-point game as a Clipper. Lou Williams also tied a first half career high, going 11-11 from the charity stripe. Williams last accomplished the feat on December 3, 2016 against Memphis.

HISTORIC THIRD: The Clippers scored 46 points on 17-of-24 (70.8%) shooting in the third quarter during their 141-122 win over Golden State on October 24. The 46 points was the most points ever scored in a third quarter in franchise history.

HIGH SCORE: The Clippers 141 points scored against Golden State on October 24 was tied for the second most points scored during a road opener in NBA history. 141 points was tied for the eighth most points scored in franchise history and the 18 three-pointers hit in the contest was tied for the third most in team history. In the contest the Clippers shot 50-of-80 (62.5%) from the floor, tied for the ninth best shooting percentage in franchise history and the best shooting percentage since March 10, 2013 against Detroit.

THE KLAW: Kawhi Leonard became the fifth player in in the past 40 NBA seasons to record at least 30 points, five rebounds and five assists in his first game with a new team in the Clippers season-opening victory on 10/22 against the Lakers. Leonard joins Charles Barkley (11/7/1992), Glenn Robinson (10/30/2002), Sam Cassell (11/2/2005) and James Harden (10/31/2012) as the only players to accomplish the feat. Leonard had 30 points, six rebounds and five assists on the night.

2018-19 REGULAR SEASON: The Clippers finished the 2018-19 regular season at 48-34. Their 48 wins are the seventh-most in a single season in franchise history. L.A. set single-season records in points per game (115.1), total points (9,442), defensive rebounds (2,936), free-throw percentage (79.2%) and three-point percentage (38.8%). The Clippers finished ninth in offensive rating (111.3 pts/100), marking their eighth consecutive top-10 finish, the only team in the NBA to do so in the last eight seasons

. • ALL-TIME SIXTH MAN: Lou Williams (20.0 ppg in 26.6 mpg in the regular season) is the only player in NBA history to appear in at least 50 games and average 20+ points in under 27 minutes. Williams passed Dell Curry (11,147) for No. 1 on the career points off the bench leaderboard in the team’s 3/11 win over Boston. He passed Jamal Crawford for No. 2 on 3/8 against the Thunder. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, data for reserve scoring dates to the 1970-71 season. His 40-point performance on 3/8 marked his 28th career game with 30+ points off the bench, passing Ricky Pierce for the most in that same time frame. He has logged five career games with 40+ points off the bench, the most on record. Five of the last six 40+ point performances off the bench in the NBA have been Williams’.



TORONTO — Kawhi Leonard scored 18 points, Serge Ibaka had 16 points and 12 rebounds and the Raptors beat the Clippers 121-103 for their 10th victory in their last 11 home games … Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, born in nearby Hamilton, had 19 points to lead Los Angeles … Lou Williams had 18 points as the Clippers lost for the third time in four games … Pascal Siakam and C.J. Miles each had 15 points, and Delon Wright added 14 … All-Star guard Kyle Lowry sat out because of a sore back … Fred VanVleet started in Lowry’s place … The Raptors enjoyed a double-digit advantage for much of the night, and led by as many as 19 points in the third quarter before taking a 97-80 lead into the fourth … Toronto’s bench closed out the game, and when Miles connected on a three with five minutes to play, the bucket put the Raptors up by 23, and it was all but game over … The Raptors used an 11-0 spurt in the second to open a 12point edge … The Raptors took a 65-51 lead into the break … The Clippers finished 2 for 12 on 3-point shots, their fewest made 3-pointers of the season … Toronto outrebounded Los Angeles 56-36.

1 2 3 4 TOT

LA CLIPPERS 23 28 29 23 103

TORONTO 23 42 32 24 121


GAME 9 – NOVEMBER 10, 2019

TORONTO 113, LA LAKERS 104 LOS ANGELES –– Pascal Siakam had 24 points and 11 rebounds, Fred VanVleet finished with 23 points and 10 assists and the Toronto Raptors snapped the Los Angeles Lakers’ seven-game winning streak with a 113-104 victory … Chris Boucher matched his career high with 15 points … Toronto played without Kyle Lowry and Serge Ibaka, but the Raptors still rallied in the fourth quarter and hung on late for its 10th consecutive win over the Lakers … LeBron James had 13 points, 15 assists and 13 rebounds for the Lakers … Toronto led 104-92 with 3:50 to play on Terence Davis’ third 3-pointer after a rally by four reserves and Siakam, but Kyle Kuzma hit back-to-back 3-pointers while LA scored eight straight points … The Lakers then missed four consecutive 3-pointers with the chance to pull even, and Siakam threw down back-to-back dunks on the fast break to seal it … Norman Powell scored 14 points while starting in Lowry’s spot for Toronto … Siakam got off to a 3-for-15 start from the field … But he excelled in the second half, particularly in a lineup including four reserves as Toronto jumped to its first double-digit lead of the night early in the fourth quarter … Toronto opened the fourth with a 17-6 run led by nine points from Boucher.

1 2 3 4 TOT

TORONTO 29 23 26 35 113

LA LAKERS 30 30 18 26 104




Thursday, November 7, 2019 Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA
The Clippers improved to 5-1 at home and 2-0 on the second game of their back-to-backs this year by defeating the Portland Trail Blazers 107-101 at Staples Center. The Clippers had an excellent defensive game, holding the Blazers to 39-of-104 (37.5%) from the floor while blocking 12 shots. L.A. also held Portland star, Damian Lillard to zero points in the fourth quarter. Ivica Zubac had an excellent game, collecting a career-tying nine offensive rebounds. According to Elias Sports Bureau, Zubac became the first Clipper to have 15+ points and 13+ rebounds in under 20 minutes of action. Kawhi Leonard had another fantastic fourth quarter, scoring 18 of his 27 points and gathering six of his 13 rebounds in the fourth alone. Leonard has scored at least 10 points in the fourth quarter in five of his six games that he has played in the final frame. The Clippers did not shoot the ball well from deep, hitting only four three-pointers in the contest. However, Lou Williams, who had 26 points off the bench, hit a clutch three to seal the deal late in the fourth quarter. L.A. outscored Portland 60-40 in points in the paint, 23-12 in second chance points and 20-16 in fastbreak points. The Clippers bench also outscored the Blazers bench 49-31, marking the eighth time this season that the Clippers bench has outscored their opponents. L.A. did an excellent job at getting to the charity stripe, going 25-of-30 (83.3) on the night. The Clippers look to continue their solid start to the season when they take on the Toronto Raptors this Monday night at Staples Center.