Leonard, Clippers hold off Doncic, Mavs snap 6-game skid

Leonard, Clippers hold off Doncic, Mavs snap 6-game skid

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Kawhi Leonard scored a season-high 33 points, Norman Powell added 27 and the Los Angeles Clippers snapped a six-game losing streak Tuesday night with a 113-101 win over the Dallas Mavericks despite Luka Doncic’s 43 points. .

It’s the fourth time in the last five games that Leonard has scored at least 24 points. He got off to a quick start with 11 in the first quarter as the Clippers led throughout.

Doncic, who sat out Sunday against Oklahoma City because of a sore left ankle, missed four of his first five shots and had 12 points on 3-of-9 shooting in the first half before getting hot.

The NBA’s leading scorer scored 20 points in the fourth quarter and put the Mavericks up 104-96 on a 3-pointer with 2:50 left, but Leonard answered with a 3 of his own to get the lead back to double digits .

Doncic answered with another jumper from beyond the arc before Leonard was fouled on a 3-point attempt from the corner. Leonard hit all three free throws to make it 110-99 with 1:40 left.

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