For the first two or three quarters of action on Sunday night, it looked like the Utah Jazz were going to cruise to a victory over the Los Angeles Clippers. Donovan Mitchell was firing on all cylinders, recording 36 points in total, and the defense was stifling Kawhi Leonard in a big way.
So big, in fact, that he had just 12 points entering the fourth quarter and only five at half time. That’s when star players come out to play, though, with Kawhi putting the Clippers on his back in the fourth to the tune of 18 points. That showing was enough to lead them to a 105-94 win at home, taking them to 5-2 on the new season. It wasn’t the prettiest of showings, but it was gritty and plenty enough to show why he’s the best player in the world at the moment.