Lou Williams scored 21 points, Kawhi Leonard just missed a triple-double in his first game against his former team and the host Los Angeles Clippers beat the defending NBA champion Toronto Raptors 98-88 on Monday night.

Leonard finished with 12 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists to go with nine turnovers. Last season, he led the Raptors to their first championship, averaging 30.5 points and 9.1 rebounds in 24 postseason games to earn his second Finals MVP honor.

Pascal Siakam had 16 points and 10 rebounds, Norman Powell had 15 points and Fred VanVleet had 14 for the injury-depleted Raptors, who had their three-game winning streak end in the second game of a back-to-back.

Boston 116, Dallas 106: Kemba Walker made a trio of key three-pointers in the fourth quarter as the host Celtics won their first game since Gordon Hayward had surgery on his broken left hand.

Houston 122, New Orleans 116: James Harden scored 39 points, including 13 in a row during a fourth-quarter stretch, and the Rockets beat the host Pelicans.

Memphis 113, San Antonio 109: Jaren Jackson Jr. had 24 points, and the Grizzlies ended a two-game losing streak by beating the host Spurs.

Injury update: Milwaukee forward Khris Middleton is expected to be sidelined for up to a month after suffering a left thigh bruise.

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