Sunday, January 29, 2023

Leonard and George lead the Clippers against the Celtics

LOS ANGELES ( Associated Press) – Paul George scored 26 points, Kawhi Leonard tied season highs with 256 points and nine rebounds as the Los Angeles Clippers beat the league-leading Boston Celtics 113-93 in an NBA thriller on Monday night. Gave.

Leonard also added six assists in one of his best games in a season that saw him hampered several times following his return from anterior cruciate ligament surgery that caused him to miss all of last season.

Jaylen Brown scored 21 points to lead the Celtics, who have lost two straight for the second time this season. They had won eight of 10 including Saturday’s loss at Golden State. Jayson Tatum had 20 points, below his average of 30, and 11 rebounds, while Malcolm Brogdon had 18 points off the bench.

The Celtics’ trip attracted fans and created a playoff-like atmosphere. Boston fans turned out with the same shade of green as Marcus Smart’s hair. But it was the Clippers who made themselves heard.

Los Angeles used some big offense and stout defense to control the first half and lead 56–47 at halftime.

Leonard and George went on the attack at the beginning of the third. He hit one 3-pointer each and combined for 13 straight points to extend the lead to 69–57. Luke Kennard came off the bench and went on a 7–0 run, hitting a 3-pointer in front of John Wall’s basket that put the Clippers up 88–72 going into the fourth quarter.

George and Leonard combined for seven straight points in the quarter and Kennard continued to score, increasing the lead to 104–80.

The biggest celebration came when Smart missed a pair of free throws, guaranteeing fans free chicken sandwiches. Smart finished with three points and five fouls.

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