Stats: 33 points, 14 rebounds, 7 assists, 5 steals
In Kawhi Leonard’s first year with the LA Clippers, they were viewed as monumental favorites over the Dallas Mavericks. With many basketball minds believing that Leonard, Paul George, and the rest of their star-studded bunch would get rid of the Mavericks in five or fewer games, just about everyone in Clipper Nation was sitting on the edge of their seats as the series was tied at two games apiece.
After finally grabbing a 3-2 lead, Leonard walked onto the court in Dallas and ripped their proverbial hearts out.
Leonard played like his normal superstar self. The multiple-time All-Star dropped 33 points on 60.9% from the field. It wasn’t just Leonard’s scoring that led the Clippers’ to a 14-point victory but more so his overall game. Leonard wrapped up his time on the court by grabbing 14 boards, four on the offensive glass, and dished out seven assists. Also, Dallas defenders thought twice about dribbling the ball in front of Leonard as he nabbed five steals en route to leading the Clippers to the second round of the playoffs.