Kawhi Leonard and the Clippers win round one of the the battle of Los Angeles
In 32 minutes of play, the reigning Finals MVP scored 30 points on 19 shots to fuel the Clippers’ 112-102 opening-statement win. It was a matchup that the NBA had been waiting for since this summer when Kawhi signed with the Clippers and brought Paul George with him by way of a trade and the Lakers traded for Anthony Davis to pair alongside LeBron James. George, who’s recovering from shoulder injuries, didn’t play Tuesday. But for the Clippers, Kawhi and the rest of them were enough—at least for one night.