Leonard leads Clippers past Laker

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Leonard leads Clippers past Laker
TOP CLASH: LeBron James (left) guards LA Clippers' Kawhi Leonard during a Christmas match.

Published: Thu 26 Dec 2019, 9:29 PM

Last updated: Thu 26 Dec 2019, 11:33 PM

Kawhi Leonard scored 11 of his 35 points in the fourth quarter and had 12 rebounds to help the Los Angeles Clippers beat the Los Angeles Lakers 111-106 on Wednesday night in the NBA's marquee Christmas game.
 Montrezl Harrell had 18 points off the bench, Paul George added 17 and the Clippers improved to 2-0 against the Lakers this season.
 Kyle Kuzma led Los Angeles with 25 points. LeBron James had 23 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds, and Anthony Davis had 24 points. The Lakers have lost four straight games.
 Los Angeles had a chance to tie in the final seconds, but video review showed James touched the ball last after Patrick Beverly knocked it away as James went up for a 3.  George hit two free throws for the final margin.
Joel Embiid outplayed Giannis Antetokounmpo in Philadelphia's first home Christmas game in 31 years, finishing with 31 points and 11 rebounds to help the 3-point happy 76ers beat Milwaukee.
 Tobias Harris sank five 3s, Josh Richardson and Furkan Korkmaz each had four and even Embiid hit three as part of Philly's season-high 21 3s (on 44 attempts) against a Bucks team that had the best record in the NBA.
 Khris Middleton scored 31 points for Milwaukee, and Antetokounmpo had 18 points and 14 rebounds. Antetokounmpo got flustered over a perceived missed call and was whistled for a technical in the fourth.
 Brandon Ingram scored 31 points, Derrick Favors grabbed 13 rebounds and the Pelicans surprised Denver to halt the Nuggets' seven-game winning streak.
 The 9-23 Pelicans are now 2-0 against the Nuggets this season. They spoiled the festive mood at the Pepsi Center as the Nuggets played at home on Christmas for the first time in 25 years.

 
Results
Denver 100, New Orleans 112
LA Clippers 111, LA Lakers 106
Philadelphia 121, Milwaukee 109
Golden State 116, Houston 104
Toronto 102, Boston 118
 

By AP

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