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Former Raptors lead Clippers to victory over Toronto


TORONTO — Former Toronto Raptors guard Norm Powell took a trip back in his memory but was still happy to leave Toronto with a win against the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday.

Powell scored 22 points to help the Clippers (21-15) record a 124-113 win, ruining Pascal Siakam’s 36-point attempt and stopping the Raptors’ winning streak (15-19) after two games.

“I just want to go out and win, no matter what,” said Powell, who played his first game in Toronto since being transferred to the Portland Trail Blazers in March 2021 in a deal to move Gary Trent. Jr. .

Powell commented that their bus ride from the airport to their downtown hotel after their overtime win in Detroit on Monday put him in the mood to reflect on the great times and win the championship. enemy in Toronto.

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“You start thinking about all the moments and memories you’ve had here,” he said. “Just all the ups and downs and the fans and the organization. To get to the full circle, to be where it all started and to play in front of the fans is amazing.”

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Powell admitted that he glanced at the NBA championship banner on the rafters and was moved from the Raptors scoreboard tribute video during the first quarter timeout when the 19,800 at Scotiabank Arena gave him a standing ovation. paralysis.

“I don’t miss the cold, but I miss the city,” said Powell, who also got his championship ring back, having left during the COVID-19 pandemic after the trade.

Powell’s teammate, Kawhi Leonard, scored 15 points. He was doubles for most of the game and was available to pass to the other Clippers to make open shots.

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Leonard did not play head-to-head matches, choosing to play in Toronto rather than Detroit.

“Those are always great memories coming to this arena,” said Leonard. “I want to give the fans in Toronto a chance to see me play again. That was part of my decision.”

Ivica Zubac and Paul George each scored 23 points to lead the Clippers. The Raptors had no answer for Zubac, who made 10 counterattacks for a total of 16.

But the hosts had a poor night of shooting, winning 6 to 23 from outside the arc by 3 points after scoring a season-high 19-three in their previous game in Cleveland last Friday. Meanwhile, the Clippers shot 15 to 38 in their three-point effort.

Raptors head coach Nick Nurse said: “Shots off target are affecting our forward defence, and it’s affecting our energy and fighting ability a bit.

The Clippers enjoyed a four-point advantage in the first half and took a 97-82 lead in the third.

Trent scored 20 points, while OG Anunoby scored 18 points. Scottie Barnes played well with the double with 17 points and 12 rebounds.

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Raptors guard Fred VanVleet has a stiff back. He returned to the dressing room for treatment in the first half and played a little more than four minutes in the third before taking the evening off with four points.

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The nurse reported that his standout player did not suffer any injuries prior to the game.

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The Raptors will play in the middle of three games after Christmas against the Memphis Grizzlies on Thursday and finish with the Phoenix Suns on Friday.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on December 27, 2022.

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