With Blake Griffin, Patrick Beverley and Danilo Gallinari sidelined by injuries, playing hard has to be the Los Angeles Clippers’ calling card.
Montrezl Harrell scored 17 points and the Clippers rallied over the final 3:21 to beat visiting Toronto 96-91 on Monday night, snapping the Raptors’ six-game winning streak.
“We scrapped, we played hard, we got the loose balls, we got the 50-50 game, we took charges, we created turnovers, got baskets,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. “That’s who we have to be right now, and our guys have bought into it.”
DeAndre Jordan had 14 points and 17 rebounds for the Clippers. Their backups outscored Toronto’s reserves 50-17, led by Harrell and Lou Williams, who also had 17 points.
“Our second group tries to bring a lot of energy and play as hard as we can,” Harrell said. “We know we’re going to make some mistakes, we know we have some younger guys who aren’t accustomed to playing this amount of minutes. Everyone has that next man up mentality.”
Milos Teodosic scored 12 points in his return after missing 22 games with a left foot injury. His 3-pointer with 40 seconds left extended the Clippers’ lead to 91-87.
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Jordan fouled Kyle Lowry in the lane, and he made one of two free throws to make it 91-88.
Williams made two free throws before C.J. Miles hit a 3-pointer from the right corner that closed the Raptors to 93-91.
But the injury-plagued Clippers went 3 for 4 at the line to hang on for their second win in a row.
Harrell gave Los Angeles a scare when he went down near the baseline early in the fourth. Eventually, he got up and stayed in the game.
Jonas Valanciunas had 23 points and 15…