Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard scored first half career-high 31 points vs. Timberwolves
Kawhi Leonard had a fantastic outing for the Los Angeles Clippers as they took down the Minnesota Timberwolves without much of a problem. In fact, he had a dominant time against the Wolves that he finished with a career-high 31 points during the first half of the 124-117 win.
Kawhi Leonard's 31 points in the first half is a personal career-high in any half and is also tied for the sixth most points by a player in either half this season, per the Clippers.
— Tomer Azarly (@TomerAzarly) December 14, 2019
Kawhi finished the game with 42 points, 11 rebounds and two assists. He and Paul George (who scored a game-high 46-points during his 40 minutes on the floor) were the main reasons why the Clippers managed to get the dub over the Timberwolves.
It’s incredible enough that Kawhi got this many points in the first half alone. The Timberwolves aren’t the worst team in the league anymore, so for Kawhi to drop 31 on Karl-Anthony Towns is definitely something deserving of praise.
What makes this shooting display all the more incredible is the fact that Leonard is actually having a poor shooting night. According to NBA’s John Schumann, Leonard is having a record low when it comes to his shooting accuracy.
Through 16 games, Leonard has effective field goal percentage of just 47.9%, a mark that ranks 84th among 99 players with at least 200 field goal attempts and is the lowest mark in his nine seasons in the league. (One of those seasons doesn’t really count, but still.) Leonard has shot a little worse from the perimeter. His effective field goal percentage on shots from outside the paint of 46.5% is down from 50.6% last season. But most of the drop has come in the paint.
This performance should probably get Kawhi on the right track. A hot shooting streak can correct all scoring sins, after all.