NBA playoffs: Kawhi Leonard guides Los Angeles Clippers to win over Dallas Mavericks that keeps series alive
The two-time NBA Finals MVP scored 45 points in front of raucous crowd at Dallas' American Airlines Centre
Kawhi Leonard scored 45 points as the Los Angeles Clippers beat Dallas Mavericks 104-97 to push the first-round Western Conference playoff into a seventh match.
The Clippers kept their season alive by winning in front of raucous crowd at Dallas' American Airlines Centre with Leonard leading the charge, equalling his playoff career high points total.
it was a tense finish keyed by the two-time NBA Finals MVP after double-digit LA victories in the first two games in Dallas, and coming off the Clippers' third straight loss at home.
“Great players perform in big moments,” Clippers coach Tyronn Lue said. “It just shows you who Kawhi Leonard is.”
Game seven is Sunday at Staples Centre in downtown Los Angeles where the Mavericks have won three games.
“Just another basketball game,” Leonard said. “Like we say, if we don’t want to go home, pay attention to details, have faith, shooting the ball with confidence. If you do that, you can live with the results.”
Luka Doncic scored 29 points with 11 assists for the Mavericks, who now have to bounce back from the disappointment of another missed opportunity on home court as they target a first play-off series victory since the franchise's only title 10 years ago.
“We've done it before already in this series,” said Mavericks' Kristaps Porzingis. “We feel like we can beat them, and we'll see who's right and who's wrong.”
Published: June 5, 2021 02:34 PM