After dropping a game against the Houston Rockets a couple of days ago, the LA Clippers got back on track with a dominant 134-109 win in San Antonio.
As a team, the Clippers shot 54-of-99 (54.5%) from the field and had six players score in double figures. They absolutely dominated the paint, outscoring the Spurs by 34 (74-40), while also capitalizing on their mistakes by scoring 36 points on 18 turnovers.
Here are the biggest takeaways from a game that the Clippers led by as much as 33 points...
This was Kawhi Leonard's third time back in San Antonio since he was traded by the Spurs in 2018 and this time, he seemed determined to record his first win here.
Playing by far his best game of the three, Leonard finished with 26 points (11-16 FGs), nine assists, seven rebounds and four steals in 27 minutes.
Three times in the game, he stole the ball and followed it up with either a dunk or three in transition:
Kawhi doing Kawhi things. @kawhileonard steal → splash 💦 pic.twitter.com/icwxfcxstr- LA Clippers (@LAClippers) December 22, 2019
Another @kawhileonard steal. Another @kawhileonard slam.- LA Clippers (@LAClippers) December 22, 2019
📺 @FoxSportsWest | #ClipperNation pic.twitter.com/b7DN0xcC3A
THE GIFT OF GRAB @kawhileonard steal³ + slam⁴ pic.twitter.com/GznOBydgyr- LA Clippers (@LAClippers) December 22, 2019
Decisive 3rd Q
At halftime, it was an 11-point game as the Clippers led 72-61.
The Spurs could have made a game of it with an early run in the third quarter. Instead, it was the Clippers who struck. They outscored the hosts 38-22 in the third period, which pretty much sealed the game.
Despite shooting 1-of-6 from 3-point distance, the Clippers shot an efficient 16-of-25 from the field (64.0%) in the third quarter. Ivica Zubac was the top scorer with 11 points while Leonard recorded eight points, five assists and two steals.
🗣ZUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU- LA Clippers (@LAClippers) December 22, 2019
📺 @FoxSportsWest | @ivicazubac pic.twitter.com/Z730Gh0kvH
Lou & Harrell continue magic
Last season, both Lou Williams and Montrezl Harrell were among the top three finishers for the Sixth Man of the Year award.
So we knew they were going to be deadly, but this stat is just otherworldly:
Lou and Trez have combined for 1,013 points off the bench this season.- StatMuse (@statmuse) December 22, 2019
That's more than 13 teams' entire bench units. 😮 pic.twitter.com/XI2j9S8vAC
In this game, they combined for 41 points (16-29 FGs), eight rebounds, six assists and two steals.
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