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Kawhi Leonard scores team highest 25 as Clippers topple Rockets

AFP
Published Mar 6, 2020, 1:45 pm IST
Updated Mar 6, 2020, 1:45 pm IST
Only time the Rockets led was early in the first quarter at 4-2
Kawhi Leonard goes up for a shot as Houston Rockets' PJ Tucker (17) and James Harden (13) can do nothing to stop him in the NBA game on in Houston Thursday. AP Photo
 Kawhi Leonard goes up for a shot as Houston Rockets' PJ Tucker (17) and James Harden (13) can do nothing to stop him in the NBA game on in Houston Thursday. AP Photo

Los Angeles: Reigning playoff MVP Kawhi Leonard scored a team high 25 points as the Los Angeles Clippers won their sixth straight game with a 120-105 rout of the Houston Rockets on Thursday.

Ivica Zubac and Montrezl Harrell finished with double doubles for the Clippers in a battle between the two Western Conference powerhouses.

 

The Rockets trailed by as many as 30 points and led only once at 4-2.

Leonard also had six rebounds and five assists and Zubac finished with 17 points and 12 rebounds. Harrell tallied 19 points and 10 rebounds for the visiting Clippers at the Toyota Centre arena.

Paul George scored 13 points and Marcus Morris chipped in 11 points in the drubbing. Russell Westbrook scored 29 points and had 15 rebounds while former league MVP James Harden scored just 16 points on dismal four-of-17 shooting for Houston.

Also, Jamal Murray drained a clutch jump shot with six seconds left to lift the Denver Nuggets to a 114-112 win over the Charlotte Hornets. Murray finished with a team-high 18 points as seven Denver players scored in double figures.

 

Will Barton finished with 16 points, Monte Morris posted 15 points, Jokic and Gary Harris each had 14 points and Paul Millsap and Grant scored 11 points apiece in the win.

Graham scored 24 points and PJ Washington had 20 points for the Hornets.

Rozier (19 points), Willy Hernangomez (14 points) and Zeller (10 points) helped give Charlotte a chance.

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