Los Angeles Clippers star Kawhi Leonard, who missed the last three games with a knee injury, made an impactful return to the game with a monstrous dunk against the Boston Celtics to help his side to a 107-104 victory.
The vicious slam came late in the fourth quarter with the Clippers trailing by six points. With the Clippers chasing the game, Kawhi Leonard exploded past several defenders for the dunk. He drove down the lane and rose up over Celtics defender Daniel Theis before smashing it hard with his right hand.
The dunk was just the start of what was a wild finish at Staples Center between two of the most in-form teams in the NBA. In the final minute with the Celtics trailing 97-94, Jayson Tatum drilled a triple to tie the game on a play that could have been called for an offensive foul. The game then went to overtime after Leonard missed a potential game-winning three-pointer at the buzzer.
The Los Angeles Clippers defeated the Boston Celtics 107-104 in overtime at Staples Center in the first game of the season that Kawhi Leonard and Paul George played together. With the win, the Clippers improve their home form to 9-1 this season. Tatum led all scorers with 30 points and went 5-for-10 from three-point range. Kawhi Leonard finished the game with 17 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists in 38 minutes of play.
Final Stats 📊— LA Clippers (@LAClippers) November 21, 2019
Williams 27 PTS / 2 AST / 2 STL
George 25 PTS / 8 AST / 5 REB
Leonard 17 PTS / 6 REB / 3 STL
Beverley 14 PTS / 16 REB / 7 AST
Green 10 PTS / 4-5 FG / 8 REB