Kawhi Leonard snapped a 6-game losing streak for the Los Angeles Clippers in a 113-101 victory, ending his longest losing streak with the Clippers by posting a season-high 33 points, nine rebounds, four rebounds and four steals. .
Leonard’s 33-point outing was his second 30-point game of the season and he’s showing that he’s showing his legs. According to ESPN, it was the third time he shot 75 percent from the field (9-12 shooting and 12-12 from the free-throw line) and scored at least 30 points.
“I’m slowly getting my legs back,” Leonard said on ESPN. “I will start playing more than 35 minutes, I can get it [out of] That minutes limit cuts you in and out of those games, playing five-minute segments, six-minute segments here and there. So, just an ongoing thing. Just keep improving, stay healthy and just see where we go from here.
Kawhi did it all in @LAClippers win 😤
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Leonard logged 36 minutes, the ninth time in his last 10 games that he has played 31 or more minutes. All he didn’t do was play 18 minutes in a 122-91 loss to the Denver Nuggets. Leonard is still being held out of back-to-back games, indicating frustration with the minutes limit.
“It’s disappointing based on the minutes limit,” Leonard said. “Because I’m not going to make shots that aren’t going there, I’m just trying to play team basketball. It was disappointing. [with the restriction]. We were losing games. From the one-minute limit, I wasn’t the only one on it. Guys have lined up all year, been hurt.
“So you’ve just got to keep going and hope for the best. I’ve been in the league for a while, so just know the punches. [and] You can eventually break something with a punch.
The Clippers will look to build on their winning streak when they play the Nuggets on Friday.