The Raptors beat the Los Angeles Clippers in a high-scoring pre-season opener, 121-113 in Honolulu. It was the Clippers’ first game since the deal that saw star point guard Chris Paul leave the team for Houston this summer and the Raptors shipped Cory Joseph to Indiana for C.J. Miles.
Led by Kyle Lowry, who scored 17 points, the Raptors were able to score in transition and in the half-court, a good sign this early in the preseason that their offense is already looking sharp.
All five Toronto starters scored in double-digits against the Clippers, including a big game from Jonas Valanciunas, who notched a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
One stat of note was the number of free throws drawn by the Clippers—Griffin and Jordan have always made it to the line at a high rate, and newcomers Gallinari and Lou Williams also draw fouls at prolific rates. Two pedestrian nights from the field (3-9 for Gallinari and 4-9 for Williams) were saved by a couple stellar nights from the line (10-12 for Gallo, 9-12 for Lou) and each ended up with a strong 17-point outing
It’s the first of two games the Raptors and Clippers will play at Stan Sheriff Centre on the University of Hawaii campus.