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Los Angeles Clippers post 4th straight win with a 127-107 rout of Raptors

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75TH CAREER TRIPLE-DOUBLE. James Harden reaches his 75th career triple-double, contributing 22 points, 13 assists, and 10 rebounds in the Los Angeles Clippers’ rousing 127-107 victory on Friday night (Saturday morning, January 27, in the Philippines). L.A. CLIPPERS PHOTO

The Los Angeles Clippers secured their fourth consecutive win, defeating the Toronto Raptors 127-107 on Friday night.
James Harden notched his 75th career triple-double, contributing 22 points, 13 assists, and 10 rebounds, while Paul George added 21 points to propel the Clippers to victory.
This marked Harden’s first triple-double with the Clippers since his trade from Philadelphia on November 1, solidifying his impact on the team. Clippers coach Tyronn Lue commended Harden, emphasizing his ability to keep everyone involved and alleviate the offensive burden on stars like Paul George and Kawhi Leonard.
Harden has been on a scoring and playmaking spree, recording at least 20 points and 10 assists in each of his last three games.
His dynamic contributions have significantly bolstered the Clippers’ performance, and his triple-double against the Raptors places him eighth on the NBA’s all-time triple-double list.
Russell Westbrook chipped in with 20 points, and Kawhi Leonard, facing his former team, contributed 16 points. Leonard, who recently secured his second career triple-double, received a warm welcome from the Raptors’ faithful during the pre-game introductions. He has maintained an undefeated record of 8-0 against Toronto since departing after their 2019 NBA Championship.
Leonard, demonstrating his strategic load management approach, sat out the fourth quarter, ensuring he gets ample rest ahead of a crucial clash with the Eastern Conference-leading Boston Celtics on Saturday.
Norman Powell, a former Raptors guard, made a notable return, scoring 17 points. Mason Plumlee also made his presence felt with a double-double, recording 12 points and 12 rebounds. The Clippers showcased their dominance in the paint, finishing with a season-best 70 points in that area.
Scottie Barnes led the Raptors with 23 points, with 14 of those coming in a valiant fourth-quarter effort. Despite Barnes’ individual brilliance, the Raptors struggled defensively, allowing the Clippers to dictate the game’s flow.
RJ Barrett contributed 22 points for the Raptors, but their efforts weren’t enough to halt a four-game losing streak and their ninth loss in 11 games. Toronto faced challenges in the frontcourt, missing Jakob Poeltl for the ninth consecutive game due to a sprained left ankle, and Jontay Porter left the game early due to eye irritation.
The Clippers, now 10-10 on the road, displayed their strength, size, and forcefulness against the Raptors, setting a positive tone for their season-long seven-game trip.
As they continue to build momentum, the Clippers aim to refine their game further and reach their desired level of performance in the competitive NBA landscape.

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