TORONTO -- The saying goes that "two is better than one," and Saturday night against the Raptors, the Clippers proved that to be true.
The Clippers survived a scoring onslaught from Terrence Ross, getting big games from Jamal Crawford and J.J. Redick in a 126-118 victory at Air Canada Centre.
Ross scored 51 points, the most the Clippers' have allowed to one player in more than three decades, but Crawford and Redick combined for 55, doing it in different ways and at different times.
"Honestly, not to brag or anything, but I think we're one of the best 2-guard tandems in the league, if not the best," Crawford said. "And we're so opposite. We're so different. We give you two totally different looks, but we complement each other really well."
The Clippers' shooting guards kind of swapped roles Saturday, with Crawford getting off to the fast start while Redick was dealing with lower-back spasms.
Crawford checked in just four minutes into the game and started carving up the Raptors defense, scoring 11 points in the first quarter and 15 more in the second, including his NBA-record 39th four-point play.
After just four in the third quarter, Crawford closed with seven in the fourth, giving him 37 points in less than 32 minutes.
But it wasn't just about scoring.
Crawford also tied a season-high with 11 assists, finding cutters in the half-court and Blake Griffin above the rim in transition for a few highlight-reel dishes.
"I love passing," Crawford said. "I really do."
While Crawford was doing damage with the ball in his hand, Redick recovered from his injury to come back and run the Toronto defense ragged in the fourth quarter.
After leaving the game because of the spasms, Redick, who is also dealing with a left knee bruise and a sore right shoulder, returned to hit all four of his shots in the fourth quarter, helping turn a close game into a comfortable lead.
"J.J. was phenomenal, from the training table to the hero," Coach Doc Rivers said.
Clippers trainer Jasen Powell told Rivers that Redick wouldn't be able to return to the game, but Redick was able to get his back loose enough at halftime, and he eventually got through it.
"He's a tough guy," DeAndre Jordan said. "I didn't think he was that tough (before he got here). He takes a lot of hits, a lot of falls to the ground. But he plays through it. He's definitely a hard-nosed guy."
Redick finished with 18 points in only 23 minutes.
"I had to battle through some stuff back here in the first half," Redick said from the locker room. "We tried a bunch of different things, and we couldn't get my back to not be locked up."
But Redick was able to work through it, kicking off a crucial 7-0 run in the fourth quarter that gave the Clippers a lead they wouldn't lose.
"It felt good enough," he said of his back. "...It was functional enough to get it done."
The Clippers needed Redick and Crawford plus 30 points from Blake Griffin to get past the Raptors, who got a huge night from Ross after DeMar DeRozan went down because of a foot injury.
Ross finished with 51 points, the most the Clippers have allowed to a player since George Gervin scored 52 in 1979.
"When you can absorb a (50-point game), it says a lot about your team. It really does," Rivers said. "It was one of those nights where there was going to be no defense played. We just played a little bit more than them."
Even in a game in which 244 points were scored, the Clippers fourth-quarter defense sealed the game.
"In a shootout like that," Crawford said, "it comes down to a few stops."
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Jordan's 11 rebounds gave him 10 or more boards in each of the Clippers' past 23 games. Jordan has had fewer than 10 rebounds just five times this season. ...
The Clippers travel to Milwaukee on Sunday, before concluding a seven-game trip against the Bucks on Monday.
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