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Raptors’ playoff hopes dim further after close loss to Kawhi Leonard, Clippers

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Paul George and Marcus Morris scored 22 points each, and the Los Angeles Clippers rallied for a 105-100 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday night to snap a three-game skid.

Los Angeles’ Kawhi Leonard, left, dunks over Toronto’s Stanley Johnson during the first half of the Clippers’ 105-100 victory over the Raptors on Tuesday. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/The Associated Press)

Paul George and Marcus Morris scored 22 points each, and the Los Angeles Clippers rallied for a 105-100 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday night to snap a three-game skid.

Reggie Jackson added 18 points and Kawhi Leonard had 13 to help the Clippers avoid their first four-game losing streak of the season.

George and Jackson hit 3-pointers in the final two minutes, snapping a 99-all tie and putting the Clippers in control.

Fred VanVleet had 27 points and 13 assists to lead Toronto in his return after missing eight games with a sore hip. Pascal Siakam added 24 points and Khem Birch added 13 points and eight rebounds.

WATCH | Clippers take over late to edge Raptors:

Strong games from Fred VanVleet and Pascal Siakam weren’t enough to beat the Clippers as Kawhi Leonard’s squad won 105-100. 0:48

Los Angeles led 88-84 early in the fourth when the Raptors ran off 10 in a row to go ahead 94-88. Jalen Harris and VanVleet sandwiched 3-pointers around baskets by Birch.

The teams traded leads, with Jackson’s jumper tying it at 99-all. George’s 3-pointer put the Clippers in front for good after they rallied from six points down early in the fourth.

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The Clippers tied it in the third, when they outscored the Raptors 34-28. Siakam scored 11 straight points just before Morris and Leonard hit back-to-back 3-pointers to make it 71-all. But Harris made a 3-pointer that tied it at 82-all going into the fourth.

Toronto now sits 3.5 games behind the Washington Wizards for the final spot in the Eastern Conference play-in tournament.

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