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Ross scores 51, but the Crawford-led Clippers win

Ross won the scoring battle with 51 points, but Jamal Crawford’s season-high 37 points and 11 assists led the Los Angeles Clippers to a 126-118 victory over Toronto on Saturday night.


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TORONTO — It was a game to remember for former University of Washington star Terrence Ross and former Rainier Beach High School standout Jamal Crawford.

Ross won the scoring battle with 51 points, but Jamal Crawford’s season-high 37 points and 11 assists led the Los Angeles Clippers to a 126-118 victory over Toronto on Saturday night.

Crawford went up to Ross at the end of the game and gave a message of congratulations and consolation to his former workout partner.

“I told him, ‘Welcome to the 50-point club,’ ” said Crawford, who set his career high with 52 against Miami in January 2007.

Crawford connected on 12 of 23 shots, including five from three-point range, but said he was happier about his assist total.

“Honestly, this could have been a 50-point night,” Crawford said. “You kind of know when you have it and this could have easily been a 50-point night, but the way the game went, they started doubling a little bit, I started finding my teammates more. There’ll be other opportunities.”

Ross matched Vince Carter’s franchise record set 14 years ago and nearly doubled his previous career high of 26 points against Portland on Jan. 2, 2013.

“You don’t really realize what you’re doing until it’s all over,” said Ross, who had 14 points in his previous three games and is now averaging 9.3 points per game.

The second-year guard connected on 16 of 29 field goal attempts, made 10 of 17 from three-point range and went 9 for 10 at the free throw line. But he missed his final foul shot with 4 seconds left, failing to top the 51 points Carter scored in a 103-102 win over Phoenix on Feb. 27, 2000.

“Ross was great but we won the game and that’s all we came here for,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said.

Blake Griffin scored 30 points and J.J. Redick had 18 as the Clippers won for the 10th time in 13 games. Los Angeles improved to 8-3 without star guard Chris Paul, sidelined with a separated shoulder.

“We’re doing it without an MVP candidate,” Crawford said. “We’re doing it without one of the best players in the world.

“This is the best Blake Griffin we’ve seen, and he’s going to continue to get better.”

Toronto’s DeMar DeRozan scored 10 points before suffering a sprained left foot.

X-rays were negative and his status for Monday’s game at Brooklyn was unknown.

Notes

Kevin Durant had 32 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists in his return from a shoulder injury to lead Oklahoma City to its seventh straight win, a 103-91 victory at Philadelphia.

Durant was scratched from the Thunder’s win over Boston on Friday with a sprained right shoulder.

Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett will face their former team, the Boston Celtics, on their old home court for the first time Sunday night since the blockbuster trade that sent them to Brooklyn on draft night.

“It’s going to be a little weird,” Pierce said. The former captain spent all 15 of his previous seasons with Boston. Garnett was there for the past six.



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