IN CONTROL. Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard looks to get past Warriors defender Jonathan Kuminga.
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The Warriors fall to a baffling 7-22 record on the road this season as Kawhi Leonard and the Clippers get back at the defending champions
Kawhi Leonard pumped in 33 points and Norman Powell added 24 as the Los Angeles Clippers ended a two-game losing skid with a 134-124 victory over the visiting Golden State Warriors on Tuesday, February 14 (Wednesday, February 15, Manila time).
All-Star Paul George scored 20 points with 8 assists as the Clippers won at home for the first time since January 26, while improving to 1-1 against the Warriors this season.
Mason Plumlee (8 points) Eric Gordon (7) and Bones Hyland (6) all took the court with the Clippers for the first time since they were acquired in trades last week.
Jordan Poole scored 28 points and Kevon Looney added 11 points with 14 rebounds as Golden State enters the All-Star break having lost three of its past four games.
The Warriors fell to 7-22 on the road this season and are the only playoff or play-in qualifying team with single-digit road victories.
Golden State’s Klay Thompson scored 18 points while playing on consecutive days for the first time this season, while Jonathan Kuminga chipped in 16 points and Draymond Green had 15.
The Warriors were without star Stephen Curry, who missed his fifth consecutive game because of a left leg injury, with Golden State now 2-3 since he has been out. Curry will be reevaluated after the All-Star break.
With Leonard back after a one-game rest for load management, the Clippers took a 10-point lead in the first quarter and held a 31-23 advantage at the end of the opening period. The Warriors roared back to shoot 61.9% from the field in the second quarter and take a 65-61 lead into halftime.
The Clippers regained control by scoring 44 points and shooting 62.5% from the field in the third quarter to take a 105-93 lead into the final period.
Los Angeles opened a 113-95 lead with 10:19 remaining after a three-pointer from Gordon and cruised home. Terance Mann had 16 points for the Clippers.
It was the first of three meetings in four weeks between the teams in a stretch that will complete the season series. – Rappler.com