Leonard, Clips rout Cavaliers

Antelope Valley Press - - SPORTS - By JOE REEDY

LOS AN­GE­LES — Kawhi Leonard scored a sea­son-high 43 points in three quar­ters as the Los An­ge­les Clip­pers routed the Cleve­land Cavaliers 128103 on Tues­day night.

Ac­cord­ing to Spor­tradar, it was only the sec­ond time since 1996 a Clip­pers player scored at least 40 points in the first three quar­ters. Lou Wil­liams had 40 against Golden State in a 2018 game.

Leonard had 14 points in the sec­ond quar­ter and set a ca­reer high for 3s in one pe­riod with four as the Clip­pers broke open the game. The All-Star for­ward played 29 min­utes and was 14 of 22 from the floor and 6 of 10 from be­yond the arc. He was two points from ty­ing his reg­u­lar-sea­son ca­reer high.

Wil­liams added 24 points

for the Clip­pers, who played again with­out in­jured star Paul Ge­orge. They have won five of six and had six scor­ers in dou­ble fig­ures.

Collin Sex­ton led Cleve­land with 25 points and Cedi Os­man added 21. Rookie guard Dar­ius Gar­land, the fifth over­all pick in last June’s draft, had 14 points and a ca­reer-high 10 as­sists for his first dou­ble-dou­ble.

Os­man’s 3-pointer gave the Cavs a 34-33 lead with 9:58 re­main­ing in the sec­ond quar­ter be­fore Los An­ge­les outscored them 33-16 the re­main­der of the half.

The Clip­pers scored the fi­nal 13 points of the first half, in­clud­ing nine from Leonard. He closed the half by in­ter­cept­ing Os­man’s pass and go­ing down the floor for a dunk while draw­ing a foul from Gar­land. Leonard’s free throw com­pleted the three­p­oint play to put Los An­gels up 66-50 at half­time.

The Clip­pers’ largest lead was 36 early in the fourth. THROW­BACK NIGHT In a matchup of two fran­chises celebratin­g their 50th year, the Clip­pers wore their Buf­falo Braves uni­forms. The fran­chise started in Buf­falo be­fore mov­ing to San Diego in 1978 and chang­ing their name to the Clip­pers. They re­lo­cated to Los An­ge­les in 1984.

The Cavaliers donned the uni­forms they wore from 1994-2002, which was fit­ting since it was 1990s Night at Sta­ples Cen­ter. AN­OTHER LA RE­UNION

Cleve­land for­ward Tristan Thompson gave for­mer coach Ty­ronn Lue a bearhug on the Clip­pers side­line be­fore the game. Lue is in his first sea­son as an as­sis­tant on Doc Rivers’ Clip­pers staff af­ter he was fired by the Cavaliers six games into last sea­son.

KEVIN REECE Spe­cial to the Val­ley Press

SEA­SON HIGH Los An­ge­les Clip­pers for­ward Kawhi Leonard, left, dunks as Cleve­land Cavaliers cen­ter Tristan Thompson, bot­tom left in black, looks on dur­ing the sec­ond half on Tues­day in Los An­ge­les. Leonard scored a sea­son-high 43 points and the Clip­pers won 128-103.

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