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NBA: Kawhi Leonard, Clippers end two-game skid by beating Spurs


FILE – Kawhi Leonard #2 of the LA Clippers within the second half at Crypto.com Area on December 17, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. Ronald Martinez/Getty Photographs/AFP

Kawhi Leonard scored a season-high 36 factors, together with 15 within the pivotal third quarter, because the visiting Los Angeles Clippers beat the San Antonio Spurs 131-126 on Friday to snap a two-game dropping streak.

The Clippers trailed by seven factors at halftime however flipped the script behind Leonard within the third quarter to go up by three.

San Antonio tied the sport early within the closing interval however may by no means recover from the hump as Los Angeles slowly pulled away with correct taking pictures from past the arc and nice protection over the ultimate 4 minutes.

Norman Powell added 26 factors for Los Angeles, which had seven gamers rating in double figures. Paul George chipped in 16 factors and 12 assists, Marcus Morris Sr. scored 15 factors and Ivica Zubac racked up 12 factors and 16 rebounds.

Seven gamers scored in double figures for San Antonio, which was led by Keldon Johnson’s 23 factors. Josh Richardson and Zach Collins had 17 factors every, Jeremy Sochan 16 and Romeo Langford 13 because the Spurs misplaced for the sixth time in seven video games.

The primary quarter went backwards and forwards with neither workforce main by greater than six factors. San Antonio was up by 4 factors after a 3-pointer by Tre Jones on the 5:53 mark however the Clippers bounced again with a 7-0 run to go forward 22-19.

Los Angeles pushed its result in 31-25 after George’s 3-pointer with 2:25 to play within the interval and led 41-36 after the end of the quarter.

The Spurs leapfrogged to the entrance early within the second interval and led 55-51 after a free throw by Jones with 5:59 left within the quarter. San Antonio led by 9 factors till a jumper by Leonard on the buzzer introduced the Clippers to inside 72-65 on the break.

Langford led the Spurs with 11 factors within the half, whereas Collins added 10 off the bench. The Spurs shot 66 % from the ground earlier than the break.

Leonard paced the Clippers with 15 factors within the half whereas Powell added 13 and Zubac had 11 rebounds.

Los Angeles rallied to tie the sport at 90 on George’s reverse layup with 4 minutes left within the third quarter, and Leonard accomplished the Clippers’ 10-0 run with a 3-pointer with 3:33 to play within the interval.

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