AP names Leonard male ath­lete of year

Orlando Sentinel - - SCOREBOARD -

Kawhi Leonard is The As­so­ci­ated Press’ male ath­lete of the year for 2019, com­fort­ably win­ning a vote by AP mem­ber sports ed­i­tors and AP beat writ­ers. He be­comes the fifth NBA player to win the award, join­ing Larry Bird (1986), three-time re­cip­i­ent Michael Jor­dan (1991 through 1993), three-time re­cip­i­ent LeBron James (2013, 2016, 2018) and Stephen Curry (2015).

Leonard was the NBA Fi­nals MVP for the sec­ond time, lead­ing the Rap­tors to their first cham­pi­onship — five years af­ter he first smudged his fin­ger­prints on both tro­phies with the Spurs. He wound up leav­ing the Rap­tors in the sum­mer for the Clip­pers, re­turn­ing to his na­tive

South­ern Cal­i­for­nia and turn­ing the his­tor­i­cally woe­ful fran­chise into one of the top teams in the league.

Young sprains an­kle: Guard Trae Young was helped off the floor af­ter sprain­ing his right an­kle dur­ing the sec­ond quar­ter of the Hawks’ 112-86 loss to the vis­it­ing Bucks on Friday night.

Gian­nis An­te­tok­oun­mpo sat out the game for the Bucks. The reign­ing league MVP rested be­cause of back sore­ness.

Celtics win again: Jaylen Brown matched his ca­reer high with 34 points and Jayson Ta­tum scored 24 of his 30 points in the first half to help the host Celtics beat the Cavaliers 129-117 for their fifth straight win.

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