Kawhi Leonard showcased his scoring prowess with 34 points and seven assists, leading the Los Angeles Clippers (8-9) to a 131-117 triumph over the Sacramento Kings (10-7) on Wednesday night.
James Harden contributed 26 points, while Paul George added 19 points and seven assists, powering the Clippers past the Kings for the first time since October 2022.
In a well-rounded offensive effort, all five Clippers starters reached double figures, a crucial factor for consistent success, according to Leonard.
Despite De’Aaron Fox’s impressive 40-point performance for the Kings, coming off an emotional win against the Golden State Warriors, the Clippers focused on defense, limiting Sacramento to 22 assists and forcing 14 turnovers.
After a recent loss to the Nuggets, the Clippers rebounded as the aggressors against the Kings, with Leonard shooting an efficient 14 of 18 from the field.
Despite Sacramento’s attempts to close the gap, the Kings trailed by 25 early in the third quarter and never got closer than 13 points.