Kawhi Leonard scored 33 points and tied his career high with seven 3-pointers to help the Los Angeles Clippers defeat the Golden State Warriors 134-124
LOS ANGELES — Kawhi Leonard scored 33 points, tying his career high with seven 3-pointers, and the Los Angeles Clippers beat the Golden State Warriors 134-124 on Tuesday night to snap a two-game skid.
Norman Powell added 24 points and Paul George had 20 points and eight assists for the Clippers, who debuted newly acquired Eric Gordon, Bones Hyland and Mason Plumlee. They helped outscore the Warriors’ bench, 49-42. Gordon finished with seven points, Hyland had six and Plumlee scored eight in the teams’ last game before the All-Star break.
Jordan Poole led seven Warriors in double figures with 28 points. Klay Thompson had 18 points playing the second game of a back-to-back for the first time this season. Kevon Looney had 11 points and 14 rebounds.
Gordon’s 3-pointer extended the Clippers’ lead to 18 points early in the fourth. The Warriors cut it to 116-106 on Jonathan Kuminga’s 3-pointer. He finished with 16 points off the bench.
Leonard hit his seventh 3-pointer in the closing minutes before leaving the game with the Clippers ahead 128-114.
The teams traded leads and were tied five times early in the third. The Clippers outscored the Warriors 19-7 over the final minutes to lead 105-93 going into the fourth. Leonard and George had just two points each while their supporting cast carried them. Plumlee had six points and H