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Kawhi Leonard returns, hits game-winner as Clippers beat Hornets


CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Kawhi Leonard had 16 factors, together with an 18-foot jumper with 1.4 seconds to elevate the Los Angeles Clippers to a 119-117 victory over the Charlotte Hornets on Monday evening in his return from a proper ankle sprain.

Paul George additionally got here again from a strained hamstring to attain 19 factors together with seven assists for the Clippers, who snapped a two-game shedding streak. Reggie Jackson and Nic Batum every had 13 factors, and John Wall added 12 factors and 12 assists off the bench.

Luke Kennard added 9 factors off the bench in his first sport again from an harm as effectively.

Kelly Oubre had 28 factors and P.J. Washington bounced again from an 0-for-13 capturing evening on Saturday evening so as to add 26 for the Hornets. Washington missed a fadeaway jumper as time expired that may have tied the sport.

Getting Leonard, George and Kennard again ought to present an enormous increase for the Clippers (14-11) shifting ahead. Leonard has been out since Nov. 21, George since Nov. 19 and Kennard since Nov. 15 with a calf pressure.

However the win didn’t come simply.

The Hornets (7-17) outscored the Clippers 26-8 to begin the third quarter behind eight factors from Terry Rozier to take an 80-71 lead.

Charlotte carried a six-point lead into the fourth quarter, however it didn’t final lengthy as Kennard was fouled on a 3-point shot and transformed the free throw. Then Batum, a former Hornet, knocked down a 3-pointer from the nook to offer the Clippers the lead.

The Hornets would recuperate to take a 117-115 lead on a baseline jumper by Rozier with 1:34 left within the sport.

However the Clippers tied it up when George saved an offensive rebound from going out of bounds by flicking the ball to Leonard beneath the basket for a simple basket. After Jalen McDaniels missed a 3 on the different finish, Leonard hit the go-ahead shot.

TIP-INS

Clippers: Norman Powell remained out with a groin pressure. … Shot 15 of 36 from 3-point vary.

Hornets: LaMelo Ball has now missed 21 of 24 video games this season with a excessive ankle sprain. Gordon Hayward has missed 13 video games with shoulder points, Cody Martin 23 video games with a knee harm and Dennis Smith Jr. 10 video games with a proper ankle sprain.

UP NEXT

Clippers: At Orlando on Wednesday evening.

Hornets: At Brooklyn on Wednesday evening.

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