In Los Angeles, Kawhi Leonard showcased his prowess with 29 points, celebrating a new three-year contract extension. Paul George complemented with 29 points, 15 of which came in a decisive fourth quarter, propelling the Clippers to a thrilling 126-120 comeback victory against the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday night.
This marked the fifth occasion this season where both George and Leonard achieved over 25 points in the same game. Immanuel Quickley led the Raptors with 25 points, while RJ Barrett contributed 24, and Dennis Schroder added 22. Despite their efforts, Toronto experienced a second consecutive defeat at the Crypto.Com Arena following a narrow loss to the Lakers the previous night.
The absence of Pascal Siakam due to back spasms was notable, and Toronto has encountered mixed results in the six games since acquiring Barrett and Quickley from the New York Knicks.
James Harden (14 points, 11 assists) and Ivica Zubac (12 points, 11 rebounds) secured double-doubles for the Clippers, who have surged with an NBA-best 16-3 record since December 1.
Facing a 92-89 deficit with 28 seconds left in the third quarter, the Clippers orchestrated a 22-9 run over the subsequent five minutes, spearheaded by George’s seven points. Although Toronto mounted a comeback with a 10-2 spurt, closing the gap to 121-118, George’s crucial 3-pointer with 36 seconds remaining ensured the Clippers held on for the win.