LOS ANGELES — Kawhi Leonard scored a season-high 33 points, including 21 in the third quarter, and the Los Angeles Clippers held on for a 130-127 win over the Chicago Bulls on Sunday.
Career Night For Leonard
Leonard’s 21 third-quarter points were his career-best for any quarter, while going over 10,000 in his career.
The All-Star forward who ditched the mask and let loose in this encounter shot 14 of 22 from the field and made seven 3-pointers to go with four rebounds and three steals.
Chicago shot 61% from the field overall and Zach LaVine finished with a season-high 45 points, but it was still not enough to collect the road win.
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Paul George added 28 points and made five 3-pointers with nine assists, seven rebounds, and two steals and Lou Williams scored 13 of his season-high 21 points in the fourth quarter with 21 points (6 of 10) in 23 minutes for the Clippers (7-4).
Marcus Morris Sr. finished with 11 points and seven rebounds and Serge Ibaka chipped in with 10 points and five boards for Los Angeles, which made 20 shots from 3-point range for 52.6%.
“We made shots and closed out the game,” Leonard said after the Clippers rallied from chasing for most of the game to securing the win.
Clippers Couldn’t Contain LaVine
LaVine scored 31 of his 45 points in the third quarter to lead the way for the Bulls (4-7). LaVine made 10 3-pointers and went 15 of 26 overall from the field to go with seven rebounds and seven assists.
Garrett Temple added with 18 points and six rebounds, Patrick Williams scored 17 points and Thaddeus Young ended with 14 points and five rebounds for Chicago, which shot 54.5% from 3-pointers and made 18 for 33 from deep.
Wendell Carter Jr. contributed 12 points and Coby White ended with a career-high 13 assists, with eight rebounds, and nine boards in the defeat.
The Bulls led by as many as 13 points in the second quarter, but the Clippers were able to overcome the deficit and bounced back from Friday night’s 115-105 loss to the Golden State Warriors.
The Chicago Bulls host the Boston Celtics on Tuesday.
Los Angeles Clippers entertain the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday.