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Kawhi Leonard makes Clippers, NBA playoff history in Game 6

Clippers, Kawhi Leonard

In the Los Angeles ClippersGame 6 victory over the Dallas Mavericks, Kawhi Leonard forged his name into the history books.

Much thanks to Leonard’s efforts, the Clippers have advanced to the Western Semifinals. In Game 6, Leonard put up 33 points, 14 rebounds, seven assists, and five steals. This makes him the first player to notch 30-plus points, 10-plus rebounds, five-plus assists and five-plus steals since NBA legend Gary Payton.

His performance also made him the first player in Clippers history to put up at least 30 points and five steals in a playoff game.

So far in the playoffs, Leonard is averaging 32.8 points, 10.2 rebounds, 5.2 assists, and 2.3 steals. He’s shooting at a stellar 54.0 percent from the field, 30.2 percent from deep, and 87.9 percent from the free-throw line.

While many expected the Clippers to advance to the next round, the seventh-seeded Mavs gave the Clippers a run for their money. Luka Doncic, as expected, proved to be a handful for the Doc Rivers-coached squad. The same was true for Kristaps Porzingis despite the limited action he had due to the Game 1 ejection and subsequent injuries. The likes of Tim Hardaway Jr., Seth Curry and Trey Burke also provided ample support.

That’s why Kawhi Leonard’s consistency was key in the entire series. Not just because it was his duty to be productive, but also the fact that Paul George struggled almost all series long on the offensive end. Fortunately for the Clippers, in carrying the offensive and defensive load, Leonard was able to put up monster numbers.

For the second round of the postseason, the Clippers will face the winner between the Utah Jazz and the Denver Nuggets series.