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Clippers weather Ross onslaught with road win over Raptors

TORONTO -- The Los Angeles Clippers took it on the chin from Toronto's Terrence Ross, who staggered them at times with his career-high 51-point outburst.

But the Clippers never went down during Ross' historic night for the Raptors franchise, because they had their own scoring duo to combat Toronto's second-year player.

Jamal Crawford and J.J. Redick combined for 55 points to help the Clippers get past Ross and the Raptors, 126-118, Saturday night at the Air Canada Center.

"When you can absorb a 50-(point game-- and win a game, it says a lot about your team," Clippers Coach Doc Rivers said. "It really does. It was one of those nights where there was going to be no defense played. We played just a little bit more than them. But it was a shot-makers' game."

And Ross was making shots. He was 16 for 29 from the field, including 10 for 17 from three-point range and nine for 10 from the free-throw line.

His 51 points tied a Raptors franchise-record for most points in a single game, along with Vince Carter, who had 51 on Feb, 27, 2000.

"You don't think about it once you try winning the game and you do whatever," said Ross, who also had nine rebounds. "You don't really realize what you are doing until it's all over."

The Clippers had Crawford, who had 37 points and a season-high-tying 11 assists, and Redick, who had 18 points despite back spasms that forced him to the locker room after the first quarter, to deliver for them.

Redick had 10 points in the fourth quarter, making all four of his shots. Crawford had seven in the fourth.

But the game didn't turn for the Clippers until Rivers called a timeout with 6:33 left and his team trailing by one point.

The Clippers scored on five consecutive possessions, starting with a Redick three-pointer.

"That was a big play out of the timeout," Rivers said. "We got the three for J.J. and that got us the lead back. Really, I called the timeout because I just thought we were losing our composure a little bit. We were getting upset at the guy scoring."

Earlier, Crawford showed his uncanny ability to turn four-point plays as few in the NBA can.

This time, Crawford drilled a three-pointer from the corner while being fouled by Amir Johnson late in the second quarter.

Crawford made the free throw for another four-point play, the 41st of his career, 39th in the regular season.

It was a part of Crawford's 26-point first half on eight-for-15 shooting, four-for-seven on three-pointers. Crawford also had six assists and three rebounds in the first half.

"You get it going, your teammates do a good job of setting you up, setting screens, giving you the ball in the right position," Crawford said. "Coach draws up some great plays. I've got to take advantage too."

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