Kawhi Leonard and Paul George returned to action for the LA Clippers as they beat Orlando Magic for the 14th consecutive time. A record that dates back to November 2013. The superstar duo of the LA Clippers combined for 35 points in the first-quarter against Magic. With numerous dunks over the Magic players, the team had no answer for Leonard and George led attack. George scored 26 points, whereas Leonard scored 24 points for the LA Clippers. The highlight being George duking over Magic’s Vucevic. While Leonard reciprocating the same against Gordon in the second quarter.
Both Leonard and George played 28 minutes of the game. After which both were rested in the fourth quarter when the lead ballooned up to 27 points against Orlando Magic. Leonard made 8 of 15 shots, had a buzzer-beating 3-pointer at the end of the first half and passed to Reggie Jackson for another buzzer-beater at the end of the third quarter. George made 10 of 19 shots and 3 of 9 3-pointers.
Kawhi Leonard and Paul George lead LA Clippers past Orlando Magic
“Both … it was a tie. We both a great one,” George said as per ESPN when asked which dunk was better between him and Leonard. “I’m just going at the rim with force, using my athleticism until my athleticism is gone. I’ve still got a little left in the tank.”
“I was super relieved that we were both healthy, first and foremost,” George added. “We had been playing so well that it was unfortunate that we had to take the hiatus, but safety is first.”
Vucevic, Orlando’s most consistent player all season, finished with just 10 after hitting only four of 13 shots. Orlando shot 36 percent from the floor.
“On a night where guys were a little tired, just having their presence was huge and that was big for us,” Clippers coach Ty Lue said of the firepower provided by George and Leonard following Orlando’s brief third-period run. “They were just making plays for everybody else and making the game easy.”