Leonard silences the critics through a marvelous win for the LA Clippers

Kawhi Leonard, LA Clippers - Mandatory Credit: Nell Redmond-USA TODAY Sports
Kawhi Leonard, LA Clippers - Mandatory Credit: Nell Redmond-USA TODAY Sports /

Despite missing several games for the LA Clippers, franchise superstars Paul George and Kawhi Leonard made their highly-anticipated return against the Hornets. This game favored head coach Tyronn Lue until Charlotte found a rhythm. As a result, the Clippers’ most vital talents had to come together to pull out the win.

Furthermore, Leonard had, without a doubt, his best performance of the season. This showing was highly motivating as he was moving great and staying consistent in getting to his spots. That said, Leonard posted 16 points and six rebounds while shooting 7-15 from the field in 28 minutes. In addition, he drilled a game-winner to secure the victory.

George, on the other hand, also had a phenomenal outing. Through 28 minutes of action, he ended the win with 19 points and seven assists on 8-15 shooting. It became clear early in the game how much the team missed their superstar tandem.

Nonetheless, once the minute restrictions are lifted, the LA Clippers will pave their way to the top of the Western Conference. However, this may take some time as Leonard and George will ease their way into their regular splits.

The LA Clippers’ match-up versus the Hornets will go down as one for the books.

Throughout this contest, the LA Clippers made little to no errors, ultimately leading them to victory. Winning games is bound to happen when a team can knock their shots down and limit their turnovers. Lue and his squad did just that as they turned the ball over 12 times while shooting 48.4% from the field and 41.7% from three.

Along with Leonard and George, sharpshooting guard Luke Kennard also returned after missing quite some time. In only 20 minutes, Kennard closed the win with nine points on 3-5 shooting. It should also be noted that his impact was much needed as he finished with a +10 +/- off the bench.

Additionally, rotational pieces in John Wall and Nicolas Batum contributed through multiple aspects, which pushed the Clippers in the right direction. Without these two, it is fair to say that the LA Clippers would have ended with another disappointing loss.

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Nevertheless, Lue and his squad continue their road trip as they are set to play the Magic for their next contest. Although Orlando may be last in the Eastern Conference, they are a sneaky young team who will thrive if their foot is on the gas. The LA Clippers will need a strong performance across the board if they hope to improve to 15-11.