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Leonard scores 43 in 3 quarters as Clippers rout Cavaliers

LOS ANGELES (AP) Kawhi Leonard more than did his part to make sure the Los Angeles Clippers made quick work of the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The All-Star forward scored a season-high 43 points in 28 minutes Tuesday night as the Clippers cruised to a 128-103 rout. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, he became the third NBA player in the shot-clock era to score at least 43 points in under 29 minutes - and the first in franchise history to have at least 40 points in less than 30 minutes.

''We had great ball movement and obviously I made shots tonight,'' said Leonard, who didn't play in the fourth quarter. ''The rest of the guys were making shots and they got me in my spots and opened the floor for me.''

According to Sportradar, it was only the second time since 1996 a Clippers player scored at least 40 points in the first three quarters. Lou Williams had 40 against Golden State in a 2018 game.

Leonard had 14 points in the second quarter and set a career high for 3-pointers in one period with four as the Clippers broke open the game. He finished two points from tying his regular-season career high, going 14 of 22 from the floor and 6 of 10 from beyond the arc.

''His pace was fantastic. When Kawhi is that efficient it is pretty impressive to watch,'' Clippers coach Doc Rivers said.

Williams added 24 points for the Clippers, who played again without injured star Paul George. They have won five of six and had six scorers in double figures.

''We had the right mindset and the right spirit tonight, both ends playing the right way,'' said guard Landry Shamet, who scored 12 points.

Collin Sexton led Cleveland with 25 points and Cedi Osman added 21. Rookie guard Darius Garland, the fifth overall pick in last June's draft, had 14 points and a career-high 10 assists for his first double-double.

Cavaliers coach John Beilein thought Garland's double-double and Osman hitting five 3s were some positive things to take away despite his team's 10th loss by at least 20 points.

''There's a lot of things we look at and say OK, in any lopsided loss earlier in the year we didn't have those numbers,'' he said. ''The only thing we can do is find those growth areas. We know we are in transition.''

Osman's 3-pointer gave the Cavs a 34-33 lead with 9:58 remaining in the second quarter before Los Angeles outscored them 33-16 the remainder of the half.

The Clippers scored the final 13 points of the first half, including nine from Leonard. He closed the half by intercepting Osman's pass and going down the floor for a dunk while drawing a foul from Garland. Leonard's free throw completed the three-point play to put Los Angels up 66-50 at halftime.

The Clippers' largest lead was 36 early in the fourth.

THROWBACK NIGHT

In a matchup of two franchises celebrating their 50th year, the Clippers wore their old Buffalo Braves uniforms. The team started in Buffalo before moving to San Diego in 1978 and changing its name to the Clippers. The club relocated to Los Angeles in 1984.

The Cavaliers donned the uniforms they wore from 1994-2002, which was fitting since it was 1990s Night at Staples Center.

ANOTHER LA REUNION

Cleveland forward Tristan Thompson gave former coach Tyronn Lue a bearhug on the Clippers sideline before the game. Lue - who was the coach when the Cavaliers won the NBA title in 2016 - is in his first season as an assistant on Rivers' staff with the Clippers after he was fired by the Cavaliers six games into last season.

''I thought he was going to break him,'' Rivers said about the bearhug. ''With Tristan, Kevin (Love) and Matthew (Dellavedova), he was excited to see those guys. When they came in it was fun to see how they received him.''

The Cavaliers faced LeBron James on Monday night for the third time since he signed with the Los Angeles Lakers during the 2018 offseason.

TIP-INS

Cavaliers: Love got the night off with Cleveland playing back-to-back games. Love has played a back-to-back set only once this season. ... Dellavedova scored a season-high 14 points. ... Larry Nance Jr. returned to the lineup after missing the past seven games due to left knee soreness. He was scoreless in 19 minutes with three rebounds and four assists.

Clippers: George missed his third straight game due to a strained left hamstring. Rivers did not have an update before the game on when the All-Star forward might be back. ... Ivica Zubac had 12 points and 11 rebounds for his sixth double-double of the season. ... Montrezl Harrell had 12 points and Patrick Beverley added 10. ... Maurice Harkless grabbed 11 rebounds. ... It was the 16th time Los Angeles scored at least 120 points this season, which is second in the NBA.

UP NEXT

Cavaliers: At the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday. Cleveland won the first meeting 114-107 on Dec. 20.

Clippers: Host the Orlando Magic on Thursday. Los Angeles has won the last 11 in the series.

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1st Quarter

Time Team Play Score
12:00   Jumpball  
11:41   Cedi Osman missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:37   Offensive rebound by Alfonzo McKinnie  
11:28 +3 Cedi Osman made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Alfonzo McKinnie 3-0
11:10   Landry Shamet missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:07   Defensive rebound by Alfonzo McKinnie  
11:01   Traveling violation turnover on Darius Garland  
10:50 +2 Maurice Harkless made layup, assist by Patrick Beverley 3-2
10:37   Collin Sexton missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:34   Defensive rebound by Ivica Zubac  
10:24   Kawhi Leonard missed driving layup  
10:21   Offensive rebound by Maurice Harkless  
10:13 +3 Patrick Beverley made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Landry Shamet 3-5
9:53 +2 Cedi Osman made hook shot 5-5
9:40   Patrick Beverley missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:37   Defensive rebound by Cedi Osman  
9:27   Collin Sexton missed driving layup, blocked by Ivica Zubac  
9:24   Defensive rebound by Maurice Harkless  
9:21 +2 Kawhi Leonard made dunk, assist by Patrick Beverley 5-7
9:06   Darius Garland missed layup, blocked by Ivica Zubac  
9:04   Defensive rebound by Patrick Beverley  
9:03   Landry Shamet missed 3-pt. jump shot  
8:59   Defensive rebound by Cedi Osman  
8:47 +2 Darius Garland made jump shot 7-7
8:34   Patrick Beverley missed driving layup  
8:30   Offensive rebound by Ivica Zubac  
8:30   Ivica Zubac missed dunk  
8:28   Offensive rebound by Ivica Zubac  
8:27 +2 Ivica Zubac made hook shot 7-9
8:20   Tristan Thompson missed driving layup, blocked by Ivica Zubac  
8:20   CLE team rebound  
8:13 +3 Alfonzo McKinnie made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Cedi Osman 10-9
8:00 +3 Patrick Beverley made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Kawhi Leonard 10-12
7:46 +2 Collin Sexton made floating jump shot 12-12
7:32   Personal foul on Cedi Osman  
7:26 +2 Kawhi Leonard made turnaround jump shot, assist by Patrick Beverley 12-14
7:09   Shooting foul on Landry Shamet  
7:09 +1 Cedi Osman made 1st of 2 free throws 13-14
7:09 +1 Cedi Osman made 2nd of 2 free throws 14-14
6:59   Patrick Beverley missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:55   Offensive rebound by Patrick Beverley  
6:54   Kawhi Leonard missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:50   Offensive rebound by Patrick Beverley  
6:48   Landry Shamet missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:45   Offensive rebound by Patrick Beverley  
6:43 +3 Kawhi Leonard made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Patrick Beverley 14-17
6:32   Personal foul on Patrick Beverley  
6:24   Collin Sexton missed floating jump shot  
6:19   Defensive rebound by Landry Shamet  
6:12   Traveling violation turnover on Ivica Zubac  
5:49 +2 Collin Sexton made reverse layup 16-17
5:34 +3 Landry Shamet made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Ivica Zubac 16-20
5:08   Cedi Osman missed jump shot  
5:05   Defensive rebound by Maurice Harkless  
4:55   Shooting foul on Brandon Knight  
4:55 +1 Kawhi Leonard made 1st of 2 free throws 16-21
4:55 +1 Kawhi Leonard made 2nd of 2 free throws 16-22
4:47 +2 Collin Sexton made driving layup, assist by Larry Nance Jr. 18-22
4:35   Bad pass turnover on Lou Williams, stolen by Larry Nance Jr.  
4:30 +2 Collin Sexton made layup, assist by Larry Nance Jr. 20-22
4:20 +2 Lou Williams made fade-away jump shot, assist by Kawhi Leonard 20-24
4:03   Out of bounds turnover on Collin Sexton  
3:55 +2 Kawhi Leonard made jump shot, assist by Lou Williams 20-26
3:33   Tristan Thompson missed hook shot  
3:31   Defensive rebound by Landry Shamet  
3:20   Out of bounds turnover on Rodney McGruder  
3:11   Darius Garland missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3:07   Defensive rebound by Landry Shamet  
2:52   Personal foul on Larry Nance Jr.  
2:45   Lou Williams missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:41   Defensive rebound by Collin Sexton  
2:25   Collin Sexton missed driving layup  
2:24   Offensive rebound by Larry Nance Jr.  
2:17 +2 John Henson made floating jump shot, assist by Collin Sexton 22-26
2:04   Montrezl Harrell missed floating jump shot  
2:02   Defensive rebound by John Henson  
1:52 +2 Darius Garland made floating jump shot 24-26
1:37 +2 Lou Williams made fade-away jump shot, assist by Montrezl Harrell 24-28
1:18   John Henson missed hook shot  
1:16   Defensive rebound by Lou Williams  
1:09   Jerome Robinson missed jump shot  
1:06   Defensive rebound by John Henson  
0:49   Offensive foul on Collin Sexton  
0:49   Turnover on Collin Sexton  
0:26 +3 Lou Williams made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Jerome Robinson 24-31
0:03 +2 John Henson made dunk, assist by Darius Garland 26-31
0:00   End of period  

2nd Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:44   Lost ball turnover on Montrezl Harrell, stolen by Darius Garland  
11:40   Darius Garland missed layup, blocked by Rodney McGruder  
11:40   CLE team rebound  
11:38   Cedi Osman missed jump shot, blocked by JaMychal Green  
11:36   Defensive rebound by Jerome Robinson  
11:36   Personal foul on Alfonzo McKinnie  
11:24 +2 Montrezl Harrell made layup, assist by Lou Williams 26-33
11:02   Darius Garland missed running Jump Shot  
11:00   Defensive rebound by Montrezl Harrell  
10:54   Montrezl Harrell missed layup  
10:51   Defensive rebound by Cedi Osman  
10:28   Jumpball  
10:25 +3 Darius Garland made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by John Henson 29-33
10:09   Jerome Robinson missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:07   Defensive rebound by Alfonzo McKinnie  
9:58 +2 Alfonzo McKinnie made floating jump shot, assist by Darius Garland 31-33
9:43   Out of bounds turnover on Lou Williams  
9:29 +3 Cedi Osman made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Darius Garland 34-33
9:11   Montrezl Harrell missed floating jump shot, blocked by John Henson  
9:10   Offensive rebound by Patrick Beverley  
9:10   Shooting foul on Cedi Osman  
9:10 +1 Patrick Beverley made 1st of 2 free throws 34-34
9:10   Patrick Beverley missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
9:09   Defensive rebound by John Henson  
9:01   Darius Garland missed 3-pt. jump shot  
8:57   Defensive rebound by JaMychal Green  
8:51 +2 Lou Williams made fade-away jump shot, assist by Patrick Beverley 34-36
8:29   John Henson missed hook shot  
8:28   Defensive rebound by Montrezl Harrell  
8:22   Lou Williams missed reverse layup, blocked by John Henson  
8:22   LAC team rebound  
8:20 +2 Patrick Beverley made layup, assist by Lou Williams 34-38
8:20   Violation  
8:02   Dante Exum missed running Jump Shot  
8:00   Offensive rebound by John Henson  
7:57   Brandon Knight missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:54   CLE team rebound  
7:54   Full timeout called  
7:44 +2 Alfonzo McKinnie made floating jump shot, assist by Darius Garland 36-38
7:25 +3 Kawhi Leonard made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Lou Williams 36-41
7:11 +2 Darius Garland made floating jump shot 38-41
6:51 +3 Kawhi Leonard made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Patrick Beverley 38-44
6:34   Out of bounds turnover on Brandon Knight  
6:28   Personal foul on Brandon Knight  
6:15   Kawhi Leonard missed jump shot  
6:12   Defensive rebound by Tristan Thompson  
6:00 +3 Collin Sexton made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Brandon Knight 41-44
5:45 +2 Lou Williams made jump shot 41-46
5:28   Alfonzo McKinnie missed jump shot  
5:25   Defensive rebound by Maurice Harkless  
5:12 +2 Lou Williams made floating jump shot 41-48
4:49   Brandon Knight missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:47   Defensive rebound by Patrick Beverley  
4:36   Bad pass turnover on Maurice Harkless, stolen by Collin Sexton  
4:36 +2 Collin Sexton made layup 43-48
4:36   Shooting foul on Patrick Beverley  
4:36 +1 Collin Sexton made free throw 44-48
4:24 +3 Landry Shamet made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Ivica Zubac 44-51
3:59 +3 Cedi Osman made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Larry Nance Jr. 47-51
3:49   Landry Shamet missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3:46   Defensive rebound by Larry Nance Jr.  
3:36   Collin Sexton missed floating jump shot, blocked by Maurice Harkless  
3:33   Defensive rebound by Landry Shamet  
3:24 +2 Ivica Zubac made floating jump shot, assist by Kawhi Leonard 47-53
3:02 +3 Cedi Osman made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Larry Nance Jr. 50-53
2:42 +3 Kawhi Leonard made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Patrick Beverley 50-56
2:26   Darius Garland missed jump shot  
2:23   Defensive rebound by Landry Shamet  
2:07 +3 Kawhi Leonard made 3-pt. jump shot 50-59
1:53   Collin Sexton missed fade-away jump shot  
1:51   Offensive rebound by Tristan Thompson  
1:49   Tristan Thompson missed dunk  
1:48   Defensive rebound by Kawhi Leonard  
1:45   Out of bounds turnover on Kawhi Leonard  
1:24   Collin Sexton missed driving layup, blocked by Ivica Zubac  
1:22   Defensive rebound by Maurice Harkless  
1:19 +3 Landry Shamet made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Patrick Beverley 50-62
1:01   Larry Nance Jr. missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:58   Defensive rebound by Patrick Beverley  
0:53   Shooting foul on Darius Garland  
0:53 +1 Patrick Beverley made 1st of 2 free throws 50-63
0:53   Patrick Beverley missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
0:52   Defensive rebound by Tristan Thompson  
0:38   Cedi Osman missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:36   Defensive rebound by Ivica Zubac  
0:27   Kawhi Leonard missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:24   Defensive rebound by Larry Nance Jr.  
0:04   Bad pass turnover on Cedi Osman, stolen by Kawhi Leonard  
0:02 +2 Kawhi Leonard made dunk 50-65
0:02   Shooting foul on Darius Garland  
0:02 +1 Kawhi Leonard made free throw 50-66
0:00   Cedi Osman missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:00   CLE team rebound  
0:00   End of period  

3rd Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:50   Landry Shamet missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:46   Defensive rebound by Alfonzo McKinnie  
11:40   Alfonzo McKinnie missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:35   Offensive rebound by Tristan Thompson  
11:29 +3 Cedi Osman made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Darius Garland 53-66
11:13 +2 Kawhi Leonard made jump shot 53-68
10:59 +3 Collin Sexton made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Darius Garland 56-68
10:43   Kawhi Leonard missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:43   LAC team rebound  
10:43   Personal foul on Alfonzo McKinnie  
10:37   Landry Shamet missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:33   Offensive rebound by Maurice Harkless  
10:32 +2 Maurice Harkless made dunk 56-70
10:16 +3 Collin Sexton made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Darius Garland 59-70
9:57   Kawhi Leonard missed fade-away jump shot  
9:52   Offensive rebound by Ivica Zubac  
9:52 +2 Ivica Zubac made dunk 59-72
9:44   Darius Garland missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:37   Offensive rebound by Tristan Thompson  
9:37   Tristan Thompson missed dunk  
9:36   Defensive rebound by Ivica Zubac  
9:36   Shooting foul on Alfonzo McKinnie  
9:36 +1 Kawhi Leonard made 1st of 2 free throws 59-73
9:36 +1 Kawhi Leonard made 2nd of 2 free throws 59-74
9:20   Lost ball turnover on Cedi Osman, stolen by Kawhi Leonard  
9:09 +2 Kawhi Leonard made fade-away jump shot 59-76
8:53   Out of bounds turnover on Darius Garland  
8:42 +2 Kawhi Leonard made floating jump shot 59-78
8:42   Shooting foul on Darius Garland  
8:42 +1 Kawhi Leonard made free throw 59-79
8:22   Darius Garland missed driving layup  
8:22   CLE team rebound  
8:22