Kawhi Leonard had 34 points, 9 rebounds, and 8 assists as the Los Angeles Clippers earned their seventh consecutive victory with a 108-100 win over the visiting Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday, January 24 (Monday, January 25, Manila time).
Serge Ibaka contributed 17 points and 6 rebounds for the Clippers, who defeated the Thunder for the second time in 3 days.
Reggie Jackson scored 14 points, Paul George chipped in 11, and Ivica Zubac added 10 points and 11 rebounds.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander had 23 points, 7 assists, and 6 rebounds for the Thunder, who lost their third in a row. George Hill scored 22 points and Hamidou Diallo had 14 points. Isaiah Roby collected 10 points and 10 boards.
A three-pointer by Hill and a bucket by Gilgeous-Alexander sliced the Clippers’ lead to 102-96 with 1:56 left. However, a dunk by Leonard with 42.5 seconds remaining sealed the win for Los Angeles.
A bucket by Hill pulled Oklahoma City within 72-67 with 4:54 remaining in the 3rd quarter. However, a Leonard jumper to end the period increased the lead to 85-73 heading into the 4th quarter. Leonard scored 11 points in the 3rd.
Like they did on Friday, the Clippers skated to a big lead early. They led by as much as 17 points in the 1st quarter before the Thunder rallied in the 2nd. A jumper by Darius Bazley cut the deficit to 43-35 with 4:12 left in the first half, but the Clippers pushed the margin to 56-45 at the break.
Both teams struggled on three-point shooting in the first half. The Thunder made just 2 of 13 compared to 7 of 29 for the Clippers from long distance in the first half. Overall, Los Angeles converted 14 of 46 attempts to 7 of 35 for Oklahoma City.
Patrick Beverley (knee) failed to return for the second half. He finished with 7 points in 13 minutes. Clippers forward Marcus Morris Sr sat out the contest with an illness.
Thunder center Al Horford (personal reasons) missed his fifth consecutive game. – Rappler.com