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Scotiabank Arena, Toronto, Ontario  Attendance: 20,144

Clippers F Leonard making anticipated return to Toronto

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Los Angeles Clippers at Toronto Raptors

  1. The Clippers beat the Raptors, 98-88, when the teams met in Los Angeles on November 11. Kawhi Leonard is 3-2 against his former teams in his career, scoring an average of 23.0 points in those games.
  2. The Clippers have won two straight on the road after losing their previous two. Los Angeles is 5-6 on the road with an opponent scoring average of 114.4 points compared to 13-1 with an opponent scoring average of 103.6 at home.
  3. Kawhi Leonard is shooting 44.4 percent (8-of-18) from three in his last four games. The Clippers are 3-1 in these games, winning all three in which Leonard made at least two triples. Leonard's teams are 152-35 (.813) when he makes multiple threes in his career, a record bettered in such games only by Larry Bird (143-24, .856), Draymond Green (108-20, .844) and Michael Jordan (112-21, .842, min. 100 games).
  4. The Raptors won in Chicago on Monday, 93-92, to snap a season-long three-game losing streak. Toronto has lost its last two home games after starting the season 9-0 at Scotiabank Arena. The Raptors last three-game losing streak at home occurred in the 2015-16 season (November 29-December 5).
  5. Pascal Siakam led Toronto with 22 points in his team's win over Chicago. It was his 13th time leading the Raptors outright in scoring this season -- he had done so 10 times previously in his career, all last season.
  6. Toronto ranks second in opponent field-goal percentage this season at 41.4 while Los Angeles ranks third at 42.8. The Raptors are 14-4 when holding opponents under 45.0 percent from the field while the Clippers are 13-3 in such games.

Kawhi Leonard will get his NBA championship ring Wednesday night when the Los Angeles Clippers visit the Toronto Raptors.

Ticket-holders have been asked to be in their seats early for the pregame presentation ceremony to Leonard, who led the Raptors to their first NBA title last season -- his only one in Toronto -- before leaving for Los Angeles as a free agent.

Both teams are coming off road victories on Monday night, with the Clippers defeating the Indiana Pacers 110-99 and the Raptors squeaking past the Chicago Bulls 93-92.

Leonard was rested for Monday's game, the second half of a back-to-back set, with a sore left knee.

Clippers coach Doc Rivers has no doubt what the reception will be for Leonard on Wednesday.

"That's a standing ovation," Rivers told reporters after Monday's game. "Really, I don't think that is very hard. We got a taste of that in Vancouver. We saw it in an exhibition game because Kawhi was in town. So if I'm a fan base and a guy won me a title, I might retire his jersey that night."

That would be quite different from the reaction by Pacers fans to the return of former Indiana star Paul George on Monday. George was booed and responded with 36 points, even though he spent two seasons in Oklahoma City in between Indiana and Los Angeles.

George also has no doubt what reception Leonard will receive in Toronto. "The exact opposite of what it was like (Monday)," he said.

Leonard told The Athletic that the trip to Toronto is about winning that night's game.

"I'll be thinking about just playing against the team and wanting to win the game, for the most part," Leonard told The Athletic. "Just really getting my ring that night. ... We're there for one reason: to play the Raptors and try to win the game."

The Clippers are in the middle of a six-game road trip and are 2-1. They have won twice since dropping the opener to the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday.

Leonard, who has missed seven games this season, scored 34 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in a 135-119 win over the Washington Wizards Sunday. He is averaging 25.1 points, 7.9 rebounds, 5.2 assists and 1.9 steals this season.

Also out for the Clippers on Monday were JaMychal Green (bruised tailbone), Landry Shamet (sprained ankle) and Rodney McGruder (strained hamstring).

The Raptors were without Fred VanVleet (right knee contusion) Monday as they overcame an eight-point deficit in the fourth quarter to end a three-game losing streak.

Kyle Lowry -- who had 11 points, seven rebounds and seven assists on Monday -- scored the final points of the game on a layup with 50.9 seconds remaining.

He also called an impromptu players-only meeting during the third quarter.

"I asked coach (Nick Nurse) to call a timeout and I pretty much brought us together," Lowry said. "It's that time of the year when it's a month and a half in, two months in. You know, guys coming back from injury and we just kind of hit a big, tough part in the schedule. We just had to start being on the same page, be dogs again, be aggressive and be assertive."

Lowry and Serge Ibaka were injured Nov. 11 when the host Clippers won 98-88 in the first meeting of the season between the teams. The Clippers had a 25-10 advantage in the fourth quarter.

The Raptors have done well in shutting down the star players from the opposition. They held Leonard to 2-for-11 shooting from the field and he finished with 12 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists. George did not play in the game.

The Clippers were held to 37 percent shooting, but outrebounded the Raptors 66-38.

--Field Level Media

Updated December 10, 2019

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