Jan 25, 2014; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan (10) reacts after going down in pain against the Los Angeles Clippers at Air Canada Centre. The Clippers beat the Raptors 126-118. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

Ross Explodes For 51 And Derozan Is Injured As Raptors Lose To Clippers 126-118

The Toronto Raptors were hoping they could take advantage of a star being injured, but in turn saw one of their own fall. The Raptors hosted the Los Angeles Clippers, who are playing without All-Star Chris Paul.

His loss hasn’t seen his team suffer much though. With the 126-118 victory the Clippers are 7-3 since Paul was injured.

On the flip side, Toronto lost Demar Derozan to a nasty ankle sprain, after he landed awkwardly on former Raptor Hedo Turkoglu’s foot.

Coming into the game he was averaging thirty plus points over his last four, and he looked to be unstoppable after putting up 40 against the Mavericks on Wednesday.

When he got hurt in the third, he had 10 points, and it just so happened another Toronto Raptor was having the game of his life.

Terrence Ross came out and exploded out of the gate, tying a franchise record with five 3-pointers in the first quarter. His fifth was a buzzer beater to put the Raptors up 37-36.

His 51 points also tied the franchise record, which Ross now shares with Air Canada himself, Vince Carter. He also managed to look like Carter on one or two plays(wait for the second dunk)

It was the defense that let the Toronto Raptors down, as they gave up a season high. Their defense has been notably improved this year, but it didn’t look that way at all.

The Clippers were unstoppable, even without Paul. Jamal Crawford put up 37 points with 11 assists and Blake Griffin added 30 points. Griffin, another All-Star for the Clippers, has been nothing short of spectacular this season.

He and DeAndre Jordan are a stellar front court, and behind them the Clippers haven’t slipped in the ridiculously tough Western conference.

The Toronto Raptors big men were mostly ineffective, although the Raptors did have the rebounding advantage 42-32. Jonas Valanciunas was a bright spot, as he double-doubled and finished with 17 points and 12 rebounds.

Kyle Lowry came off his third career triple-double and scored 11 points to go along with 12 assists. If Derozan is out for any period of time, it will be Lowry who will have to pick up the slack, even in light of Ross’ coming out party.

With the Toronto Raptors loss they are now 22-21 on the season. They remain 1st in the Atlantic division, and are holding down the 4th seed.

Their playoff chances remain strong, and Andrew Millichamp outlines why we can expect to see the Raptors in the post season.

One way to ensure they do, is to beat the Brooklyn Nets, who are two games back. The Toronto Raptors will get just that opportunity, as they visit the Nets on Monday.


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