Kawhi Leonard scored 34 points to lead the Los Angeles Clippers to a 108-100 victory over Oklahoma City Thunder in an NBA score on Sunday. The victory for the Clippers was the seventh successive, which means they have tied with the LA Lakers again for the best record in the NBA at 13-4.
Leonard Leads From The Front
Leonard who made 14 of 24 shots and connected on four 3-pointers, flirted with a triple-double after pulling down nine rebounds and dishing out eight assists as well.
“We’re playing team basketball and sharing the ball,” Leonard said. “We’re having some breakdowns defensively, but we’re staying positive.”
Serge Ibaka added 17 points on 7 of 8 shooting to go with six rebounds, Reggie Jackson ended with 14 points off the bench, while Paul George contributed 11 points, five rebounds, and four assists before sitting out the final five minutes because of hamstring tightness.
Ivica Zubac added a double-double with 10 points, 11 boards, and two blocks for Los Angeles, which picked up its second straight win over the Thunder after beating them on Friday night.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander paced the Thunder (6-9) with 23 points on 8 of 16 shooting to go with his seven assists and six rebounds against his former team.
George Hill added 22 points and shot 9 of 12 from the field, Hamidou Diallo chipped in with 14 points and five rebounds, Isaiah Roby scored 10 points with 10 rebounds, while Darius Bazley ended with nine points and 11 rebounds for Oklahoma City, which has lost three in a row and five of six.
Grind-out Win – Tyronn Lue
As a team, the Clippers shot 41 of 92 for 44.6% from the field and made 14 of the 46 attempted shots from 3-pointers.
“On a night when we weren’t making shots, it was a good, tough, grind-out win for us,” Clippers coach Tyronn Lue said.
“Kawhi had it going so we played through him a lot, especially in the second half. We had to ride him pretty hard just so we could continue to keep the lead.”
The Clippers were without Marcus Morris, who was held out because of illness.
Oklahoma City Thunder will be at Portland Trail Blazers on Monday.
The Los Angeles Clippers travel to the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday to begin a six-game road trip.