Kawhi goes for 21 against former team as Clippers hold off Raptors

Los Angeles Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard plays against the Toronto Raptors during the second half of Monday night's game in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

LOS ANGELES — Lou Williams scored 21 points, Kawhi Leonard just missed a triple-double in his first game against his former team, and the Los Angeles Clippers beat the defending NBA champion Toronto Raptors 98-88 on Monday night.

Leonard finished with 12 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists to go with nine turnovers. Last season he led the Raptors to their first championship, averaging 30.5 points and 9.1 rebounds in 24 postseason games to earn his second Finals MVP honor.

Also Monday:

Celtics 116, Mavericks 106: BOSTON — Kemba Walker made a trio of key 3-pointers in the fourth quarter and finished with 29 points to lead Boston.

Grizzlies 113, Spurs 109: SAN ANTONIO — Jaren Jackson Jr. had 24 points and Memphis put a damper on Tony Parker’s jersey retirement by beating San Antonio.

Timberwolves 120, Pistons 114: DETROIT — Andrew Wiggins scored 33 points and Minnesota beat Detroit to spoil Blake Griffin’s return.

Rockets 122, Pelicans 116: NEW ORLEANS — James Harden scored 19 of his 39 points in the fourth quarter and Houston beat short-handed New Orleans.

Jazz 122, Warriors 108: SAN FRANCISCO — Rudy Gobert had 25 points and 14 rebounds as Utah beat injury-ravaged Golden State, which fell to an NBA-worst 2-9.

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.