Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard nabs first career triple-double
As good as Kawhi Leonard has been throughout his career, the Los Angeles Clippers star had never recorded a triple-double. That changed on Thursday when Leonard notched his first against the Miami Heat per Tomer Azarly of ClutchPoints.
The two-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year recorded 33 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 assists in 39 minutes. Leonard’s performance allowed the Clippers to give the Heat just their second home loss of the season, winning 122-117. Leonard also scored 26 of his 33 points in the second half while the Clippers outscored the Heat 38-20 in the third quarter.
After winning the championship with the Toronto Raptors and then signing with the Clippers this offseason, Kawhi Leonard has continued to cement himself as one of the top players in the NBA. In 34 games this season, the 28-year-old is averaging a career-high 27.1 points, 7.4 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 2.0 steals per game while shooting 46.6 percent from the floor and 35.5 percent from deep.
Leonard has been on an absolute tear lately and Thursday marked his seventh-straight games of 30-plus points.
With the win, Los Angeles moves to 31-14 on the season. The team is currently the third seed in the Western Conference but are only half a game behind the Utah Jazz for second.
Leonard statistics this year lend themselves to the All-Star recording more triple-doubles in the future as he is averaging five assists per game which is 1.7 assists more than any other previous season in his career.
Up next, the Clippers will travel to Orlando to face off against the Magic before coming back to Los Angeles to face their rival Lakers.