TORONTO (AP) -- Voshon Lenard scored 23 of his season-high 30
points in the second half to lead the Toronto Raptors to a 100-86
victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday.
Vince Carter added 14 points in 28 minutes for the Raptors,
winners of two straight and three of four since the All-Star
forward returned after missing 23 games with a strained right knee.
Lenard scored 11 straight points to give Toronto a 66-62 lead
late in the third quarter and tied a franchise record by scoring 30
points in a reserve role.
Lenard opened the fourth with a short jumper, and later added a
jumper and a 3-pointer to extend Toronto's lead to 10 points with
Carter added a jumper and Lenard hit a 3-pointer and two free
throws to give Toronto a 95-77 lead with 4:25 remaining.
Jerome Williams added 16 points and nine rebounds for the
Raptors, who won consecutive games for just the fourth time this
Toronto outscored Los Angeles 64-46 in the second half.
Elton Brand finished with 17 points and 19 rebounds for the
Clippers, who lost for the fifth time in six games.
Sean Rooks, starting in place of the injured Michael Olowokandi,
went 0-for-6 from the field.
Brand had 14 rebounds and 12 points as Los Angeles built a 40-36
lead by the break.
Brand scored Los Angeles' first eight points, and the Clippers
finished the first quarter with a 12-2 run and a 20-14 lead.
A jumper by Brand and a dunk and layup by Mevlin Ely gave Los
Angeles a 12-point lead -- its largest lead of the game -- with 7:31
left in the second quarter.
The Raptors countered with a 15-2 run to tie it at 34-all.
Williams scored seven points in the surge.
After Williams missed a free throw near the end of the third,
Toronto's Michael Bradley grabbed the rebound and scored just
before the buzzer sounded, giving Toronto a 71-67 lead.
The Clippers placed forward Cherokee Parks on the injured
list with back spasms, and activated rookie forward Chris Wilcox.
... Just two days after Morris Peterson got into a fight with
Indiana's Al Harrington, Brand and Carter wrestled each other on
the floor while trying to grab a loose ball in the third quarter.
No fouls were called, and Brand won the ensuing jump ball. ...
Brand outrebounded Toronto 8-7 in the first quarter. ... Lenard
also had six rebounds.