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Raptors hope to cure road woes in LA vs. Clippers

Mar 26, 2011 - 2:40 PM (Sports Network) - The Toronto Raptors hope to cure their road woes against a team that they traditionally have some success against, the Los Angeles Clippers.

The Raptors, who have won four straight over the Clips at Staples Center, have lost 17 of 18 away from Air Canada Centre after Friday's 138-100 drubbing at the hands of the Golden State Warriors. Monta Ellis scored 27 points and led seven Golden State players in double figures in that one.

Everything seemed to be falling for the Warriors, who set an NBA season-high with 84 points in the first half. They scored 45 in the opening quarter, ended the game shooting 61.4 percent and snapped a six-game slide.

Leandro Barbosa and DeMar DeRozan each scored 19 for the Raptors, losers of three in a row overall. Ed Davis had 18 points and 11 rebounds, while James Johnson tallied 14 points in defeat. Guard Jose Calderon left early due to a strained left hamstring and is questionable for tonight.

The rout dropped Toronto to a miserable 6-30 on the road this season, leaving the club five losses shy of matching its 6-35 franchise worst mark from its inaugural 1995-96 campaign.

The Clippers, meanwhile, played a road game on their home floor Friday when they lost to their Staples Center co-tenants, the Lakers, 112-104. Kobe Bryant poured in 37 points and dished out six assists in that one.

Mo Williams had a season-high 30 points to go with six assists for the Clippers, who have lost eight straight when they play the guest against the Lakers. Blake Griffin tallied 22 points and six boards.

"I thought we played hard and we gave it our best shot," Clips guard Eric Gordon said. "We gave ourselves a chance to win today but we couldn't pull it off. I thought we played as hard as we could but somehow we couldn't be as physical with them. I don't know -- we just couldn't get over that hump."

The Raptors have won five straight overall versus the Clips and will be attempting to sweep the home-and-home season series for the third straight campaign tonight.