Kawhi Leonard produced another master class when the two-time NBA champion set up a 32-point display to help the LA Clippers defeat Orlando Magic.
Leonard has been in and out of the team this season as they manage his minutes, but again he was the best player on the floor in a win of 122-95.
Along with Leonard’s 32 points, he also had five rebounds and five assists in his fourth consecutive match with at least 30 points. He was 12 for 20 out of the field.
Kawhi Leonard was again the star, as he had a fourth consecutive game of 30 or more points
The LA Clippers had to thank Leonard when he started the style to beat Orlando Magic
Montrezl Harrell added another 21 and the Clippers comfortably defeated the Orlando Magic after seeing their opponents numb the LA Lakers earlier this week.
Leonard’s adaptive nature is why the Clippers were willing to throw away more than $ 100 million (£ 76 million) for the next three seasons. Finding a player who has the ability to be the best in the competition in whatever mode he chooses is not cheap.
“It’s not hard for him; it would be hard for me and most other players, “said Clipper’s head coach Doc Rivers.
He has become an offensive juggernaut in recent seasons and is an integral part of Clippers’ success
Leonard (left) is also crucial in the defensive end because he helped to suppress the attack of magic
“For him, he is so under control that nothing will accelerate him. He can go quickly if he wants to. We figured out how we can better benefit from it and it was great for us. “
Leonard’s four consecutive 30-point games coincided with the absence of Paul George due to a tense left hamstring. The Clippers not only improved to 11-1 when Leonard scores 30 or more points, he is the first Clippers player with four consecutive games of at least 30 since Elton Brand in 2006.
“I only make shots, my teammates are aggressive and they also give me open shots,” Leonard said. “It only causes a chain reaction and we all play hard in the defense. We can leave the transition. “
The Clippers finished with seven double-digit players and led by many as 23 in their fourth win in five games. Landry Shamet scored 13 points and JaMychal Green finished with 11 points and 13 rebounds.
Elsewhere, Brandon Ingram produced a show-stopping show while the New Orleans Pelicans beat the Utah Jazz over time.
Ingram achieved a career high of 49 points while the 22-year excellence season keeps pace with the pelicans who insist on a play-off berth.
Brandon Ingram achieved a show-stop career-high 49 points for the New Orleans Pelicans
The former LA Lakers attacker was unstoppable against Utah Jazz in the extension of Pelicans
He celebrated with his teammates at the last buzzer that had stolen the show in the win
Pelicans lost All-Star talent Anthony Davis in the summer to the Lakers and received Ingram under the assets they received.
Since staging in the absence of number 1 pick Zion Williamson, Ingram has excelled.
“He has really come into its own. It is now Brandon Ingram time, “said guard Lonzo Ball, who was also part of the Davis trade with Ingram.
“Since I know him, he has been confident. But this whole year he has been at a completely different level. It is clear that he is our go-to guy in this team and we trust him. ”
Utah led 132-127 to Bojan Bogdanovic’s 3 with 2:28, but went scoreless the rest of the way. The pelicans scored 11 straight on layups from Derrick Favors and E’Twaun Moore and seven free throws.
Favors ended with 21 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks against his former team. Moore had 16 points for New Orleans, which has won 10 of 14 and has two games to play before NBA’s best overall design choice, Williamson, is scheduled to make its Pelican debut on Wednesday night.
Giannis Antetokounmpo (right) led by example when Milwaukee Bucks defeated the Boston Celtics
Milwaukee Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer dug into his team despite Thursday’s impressive win over the Boston Celtics.
Giannis Antetokounmpo had 32 points and 17 rebounds, Khris Middleton scored 23 and the Bucks stopped the Celtics 128-123 despite blowing two separate 20-point leads.
“We were twice twenty times higher and they came back,” said Antetokounmpo. ‘We have not played the best basketball and how we usually play. I was quite upset after the game. We talked in the dressing room. We talked. We were 20 and we won, but we have to play 48 minutes.
“Coach Bud came in here and he was steaming hot. He was angry and that’s good. He doesn’t really care about this game or the next game. He cares about how we can get better and how we can be good for 48 minutes. That is our goal. “
Despite the lapse times, the NBA-leading Bucks (37-6) extended their winning streak to five games, while Celtics lost its second game in as many nights.
Antetokounmpo (left) ended with 32 points, but he explained that the coach still criticized them
“It’s still a very long season,” said Celtics security guard Kemba Walker. “We have so many games to play. If you have such losses, you just have to learn from them, and I think so. “
Walker scored a game-high 40 points to lead Boston that took the floor without Jaylen Brown. The 6-foot-6 forward suffered a sprained right thumb on Wednesday in a 13-point loss against Detroit.
“We saw a play late in the first half and we think that maybe that was the moment it happened,” said Celtics coach Brad Stevens. “Perhaps it got worse as the game progressed. He didn’t say much about it during the break. Certainly, after the game it was painful. More painful today. “