Danny Green scored a season-high 29 points, Kawhi Leonard and Serge Ibaka each had 15 and the Toronto Raptors clinched their sixth Atlantic Division title Monday night, rallying from a double-digit deficit to beat the Magic 121-109.
“We’ve got to know who we are,” Clifford said. “We ain’t scoring 115 every night. We don’t have that kind of roster. We have to defend, whether we’re scoring or not.”
The win also means Toronto can finish no lower than second in the Eastern Conference. The Raptors began the day three games behind Milwaukee for first.
Green piled up the points despite jamming his left thumb in the first quarter. X-rays were negative but Green was not available following the game because he had left to undergo additional testing.
Green connected on 11 of 15 attempts, going 7 of 10 from 3-point range, before sitting out the final quarter.
“He’s an elite shooter,” Orlando’s Evan Fournier said. “That’s what he’s known for.”
First-year coach Nick Nurse said he was proud to help hang another banner in Toronto.
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