Ross scores 51 but Clippers beat Raptors 126-118

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TORONTO (AP) - Jamal Crawford wondered whether he might produce another 50-point game. In the end, Terrence Ross got one instead.

Crawford had a season-high 37 points and matched a season best with 11 assists, and the Los Angeles Clippers overcame Ross‘ 51 points to beat the Toronto Raptors 126-118 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 3-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,” Ross said.

The second-year guard connected on 16 of 29 field goal attempts, made 10 of 17 from 3-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.”

Darren Collison added 12 points and Matt Barnes 11 for the Clippers.

“They are an offensive machine from top to bottom,” Raptors coach Dwane Casey said.

Griffin scored eight points in the final quarter as the Clippers snapped a four-game losing streak in Toronto.

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