Kawhi Leonard didn’t look like his usual self again- in the first quarter or so of Game 6 on Friday night. The Los Angeles Clippers star was badly needed if they were going to even up the series and force a seventh game against the Dallas Mavericks. He got the message loud and clear, though, responding to the tune of scoring 45 points in all. He didn’t miss a field goal in the final quarter and had 12 of those points in that period alone.
It was a playoff career-high for him, but it’s not all he did; not by a long shot. Leonard also guarded Luka Doncic all night. Doncic still put up 29 points to go with 11 assists and nine rebounds, but with Leonard all over him, he was much less effective, hitting less than half of the 24 shots he took from the floor (he made 11; he was 2-9 from three as well). Paul George kicked in with 20 points and 13 rebounds as well in the 104-97 victory. That means Game 7 swings back to LA now, where the Clippers and their fans will be hoping that the home team can finally get a ‘W.’