LOS ANGELES – Kawhi Leonard scored 34 points on 14-of-21 shooting to help the Los Angeles Clippers roll to a 150-125 victory over the visiting Washington Wizards on Sunday night.
Paul George recorded 31 points and eight rebounds as Los Angeles won for the eighth time in the past nine games. Montrezl Harrell added 23 points and a career-best 15 rebounds and Lou Williams registered 22 points and eight assists for the Clippers.
Los Angeles posted a season-best total for points in a half (82) and tied its season high for a game, falling two points shy of the franchise mark of 152 set against the Toronto Raptors on March 13, 1998.
Rookie Rui Hachimura scored a career-best 30 points and also collected nine rebounds for the Wizards, who lost to the Clippers in Los Angeles for the 12th straight time.
Bradley Beal recorded 23 points and 11 assists, Davis Bertans matched his career best of six 3-pointers while scoring 20 points, and Isaiah Thomas had 16 points for Washington. The Wizards shot 46.1 per cent from the field and were 11 of 30 from behind the arc.
The Clippers’ previous high point total of this season came in a 150-101 trouncing of the Atlanta Hawks on Nov. 16.
Los Angeles shot 55.3 per cent from the field, including 14 of 32 from 3-point range, while improving to 12-1 at home.
The Wizards trailed by 25 more than five minutes into the third quarter before erupting with a 16-4 surge, pulling within 98-85 on a 3-pointer by Bertans with 4:17 left.
But Williams made two free throws and Jerome Robinson followed with a three-pointer to push the lead back to 18, and Los Angeles eventually took a 116-98 lead into the final quarter.
The fourth quarter was a mere formality as the Clippers’ starters were pulled after Leonard connected on a 3-pointer to make it 138-107 with 6:23 remaining.
George scored 27 points as the Clippers led 82-57 at the break.
George had 15 first-quarter points but Los Angeles led just 39-35 at end of the stanza. The Clippers began pulling away in the second quarter and their lead topped 20 for the first time when Leonard knocked down a jumper to make it 70-49 with 3:56 remaining.
The lead reached 27 twice in the final minutes of the period.
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