Kawhi Leonard too much for Clippers


The San Antonio Spurs gave true meaning to home-court advantage with a 100-73 win against the Los Angeles Clippers in Game 3. The 27-point loss is the largest in Clippers postseason history.

Kawhi's big night

The game got out of reach in the third quarter as the Spurs outscored the Clippers 24-11. In fact, Kawhi Leonard outscored the Clippers himself as he finished with 13 points in the quarter.

Leonard had a career night as he finished with 32 points on 13-of-18 shooting, his most points in a regular season or postseason game. He had never scored more than 29 points in his previous 312 NBA games. His 72.2 percent field goal percentage is his highest in any game of his career in which he attempted at least 15 shots.

Leonard made all seven of his shots in the paint including all four in transition and was 6-of-11 outside the painted area. With Matt Barnes as his primary defender, Leonard was 6-of-9 from the field for 17 points. Barnes has been Leonard's primary defender on 55.9 percent of his plays this series. He is shooting 55.1 percent from the floor when guarded by Barnes.

The Claw was a menace on defense as well as the Clippers were a combined 2-of-6 when Leonard was their primary defender. He forced three turnovers which directly led to two made shots.

After a big Game 2 in which he finished with 28 points and 11 rebounds, Tim Duncan scored four points on 2-of-6 shooting, tied for his fewest points in a playoff game in his career.

Clippers contained

Blake Griffin had 14 points and 10 rebounds and scored a series-low eight points in the paint. The Spurs limited his effectiveness in the paint by not contesting five of his six jump shots and have left Griffin open on 75 percent of his jump shots this series.

During the regular season, Griffin averaged 6.1 points per game on 41 percent shooting on open jumpers. In three playoff games, he is averaging 3.3 points per game on 33 percent shooting.

Chris Paul averaged 26.5 points and 6.5 assists per game in the first two games of the series. He finished with seven points, his third-fewest in a playoff game, and four assists, tied for his fewest in a playoff game.

Paul was 14-of-22 through the first two games when guarded by the Spurs backcourt but was 2-of-6 in Game 3 against Patty Mills, Tony Parker, Marco Belinelli, Danny Green and Cory Joseph.

The odds are stacked against the Clippers as they now trail 2-1. In NBA history, the Game 3 loser of a tied best-of-seven series goes on to lose the series 23.7 percent of the time.