"He made a difference. He made his shots and got some rebounds when they were getting second chance opportunities, spaced the floor," Stotts said. "He runs every time and he did a lot of good things and really that spurt was a key spurt for us."
Leonard scored 12 points on 5 of 9 shooting from the field and grabbed six rebounds in 15 minutes of action.
"Actually I didn’t start off shooting the ball too well, but I think the main thing was my focus on the defensive end and work out there sets and try and rebound the ball, run the court and everything else kind of fell into place," Leonard said. "I was happy, I think I made my last four shots and I think my energy and running hard and making shots when I was open and that was the main thing."
With Joel Freeland and Robin Lopez both sidelined by injuries, Leonard posted a double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds. Leonard had his long-distance shot working Monday, draining 3 of 4 3-pointers.
"I think he knew when Joel went down that there was a chance he was going to play and he was ready," Portland coach Terry Stotts said, per The Oregonian. "Meyers has improved. He's done a good job. He's going to have ups and downs, but he's definitely going to get better, and he had a chance to show it tonight."
Leonard missed Tuesday's game due to a shoulder strain, but it appears the injury will only cost him one game. He's averaged 3.8 points and a little more than 10 minutes per game in 12 appearances this season.
Portland is a 6-point home favorite against Atlanta Saturday.
Leonard had been filling in for LaMarcus Aldridge recently, but with Aldridge back, there was no need for Leonard to play. Leonard's absence was due to a coach's decision. He's averaging four points over 10 games played.
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