Kawhi Leonard

Kawhi Leonard 'looked well-rested,' leads Clippers past Blazers behind huge fourth quarter


While fans are split on where they stand on the issue, one thing is clear: Leonard came to play on Thursday night.


Leonard — after missing Los Angeles’ game on Wednesday night against the Milwaukee Bucks — dropped 27 points and grabbed 13 rebounds in 33 minutes to lead the Clippers to a 107-101 win against the Portland Trail Blazers at the Staples Center.


The Clippers sat Leonard for the front end of their back-to-back games on Wednesday and Thursday, a decision that drew intense scrutiny this week.


Yet on Wednesday, Clippers coach Doc Rivers said that Leonard “feels great” — comments that resulted in a $50,000 fine from the league on Thursday.


Lou Williams added 26 points off the bench for the Clippers, and drilled a massive 3-pointer with just 32 seconds left to put Los Angeles up by four.


Leonard did, though, look fresh and undoubtedly deserves credit for sparking his team’s late run that led to the six-point win.






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