Raptors rout road-weary Clippers

The rested Raptors made quick work of the weary Clippers.

Kawhi Leonard scored 18 points, Serge Ibaka had 16 points and 12 rebounds and the Raptors beat Los Angeles 121-103 on Sunday for their 10th victory in their past 11 home games.

Before the game, Los Angeles head coach Doc Rivers bemoaned the lack of rest his team got following a 5 p.m. start Saturday in Detroit, in which the Clippers erased a 25-point deficit to beat the Pistons 111-101.

“This is a ridiculous back-to-back,” Rivers said.

After watching his team trail by double digits throughout the second half, Rivers said he decided not to push his players and risk injuries.

“I felt like this was probably going to be a second-half game for us, you know, if we could keep within striking distance and maybe steal it in the second half, but we just didn’t have anything,” he said. “That’s why I took guys out.

“We had dead legs. I thought you could see it defensively; we weren’t moving our feet. It was one of those schedule losses, really. I thought it was going to be a tough night and it was.”

Clippers guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander said fatigue was “definitely” a factor in the outcome.

“It’s hard to play a whole other 48 minutes in less than 24 hours,” the rookie said.

Gilgeous-Alexander, born in nearby Hamilton, had 19 points to lead Los Angeles.

“He came in and played great,” Rivers said. “He was the bright spot.”

Lou Williams had 18 points as the Clippers lost for the third time in four games.

Celtics 134, Thunder 129: Kyrie Irving had 30 points and 11 assists, Marcus Morris scored 19 points and host Boston snapped Oklahoma City’s winning streak at seven games. Paul George scored 37 points for Oklahoma City, and Russell Westbrook had 22 points, 16 assists and 12 rebounds for his 19th triple-double of the season.

Grizzlies 96, Knicks 84: Mike Conley scored 25 points, Marc Gasol had 24 and Memphis beat New York to snap a nine-game road losing streak. Kevin Knox scored 17 points for New York. The Knicks have lost 13 straight overall and 14 in a row at home.

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