In a stellar performance, Kawhi Leonard dropped a season-high 41 points as the Los Angeles Clippers (11-10) ended an 11-game road losing streak against the Utah Jazz (7-15) with a convincing 117-103 victory on Friday night.
Leonard’s offensive brilliance was on full display, making a season-high 14 field goals, including six 3-pointers, and going a perfect 7 for 7 from the free-throw line. The Clippers’ star also contributed five rebounds and five assists, leading his team to a crucial road win.
Paul George added 20 points to the Clippers’ tally, while Ivica Zubac notched a double-double with 18 points and 12 rebounds.
Utah’s John Collins led the home team with 19 points and 13 rebounds, followed by solid performances from Talen Horton-Tucker with 16 points and Keyonte George with 15 points. Walker Kessler made his presence felt with 12 rebounds in his return to the starting lineup.
The Jazz faced uphill challenges throughout the game, trailing the Clippers after the first quarter. Despite a spirited rally in the fourth quarter, where they scored on seven consecutive possessions, the Jazz couldn’t overcome Leonard’s dominance.