Clippers defeats Lakers on opening NBA night

Kawhi Leonard picked up from where he left off last season, pouring in 30 points, to lead Los Angeles Clippers to a 112-102 win over Los Angeles Lakers on the opening NBA night at the STAPLES Center.
Clippers defeats Lakers on opening NBA night
Kawhi Leonard

Los Angeles

Courtesy the success, the early bragging rights went to Clippers. While it was a Clippers home game, it was a sea of purple and gold in the stands, with the Laker-heavy crowd booing Kawhi. But the reigning Finals MVP had the last laugh. Clippers, which had an eight-point (62-54) lead at half-time, came good in the final quarter to begin on a positive note.

Toronto Raptors overcame a slow start to secure a thrilling overtime 130-122 win over New Orleans Pelicans. Pascal Siakam and Fred VanVleet combined for 68 points, the second-most ever by a Raptors duo in a season opener.

After a historic ring ceremony and unveiling of the championship banner, Raptors overcame some early jitters and dug out of a hole to beat Pelicans. 

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