Leonard also grabbed 12 rebounds for his first points-rebounds, double-double this season. It is also Leonard’s first double-double in three meetings against the Spurs, where he played seven seasons (2011-18).
The game was close for the first 28 minutes, before the Clippers took control with a 9-1 run to take a 64-55 lead with 6:55 remaining in the third quarter. Leonard — who had 25 points in the second half — scored five of his 10 third-quarter points during the rally, including a dunk after a steal of DeMar DeRozan at midcourt.
DeRozan led San Antonio with 29 points and Derrick White added 20.
The worst possible thing that could happen to the Warriors happened.
Guard Stephen Curry broke his left hand during Wednesday night’s game against the Phoenix Suns, the Warriors confirmed.
The Athletic’s Marcus Thompson first reported that Curry had broken his left hand, citing sources.
Curry left Wednesday’s game against the Suns in the second half after Phoenix big man Aron Baynes fell on top of Curry’s left wrist following a collision under the Suns’ basket. The two-time MVP appeared to be in immediate pain.
Curry went to the locker room and did not shoot the resulting free throws from the Baynes’ foul, ruling him out for the remainder of the contest. NBC Sports Bay Area’s Kerith Burke said during the fourth quarter of the broadcast that Curry underwent X-rays on his left wrist and hand.
Burke spoke to Warriors general manager Bob Myers, who said that Curry would undergo a CT scan to determine next steps. Surgery is a possibility, and the estimated time of recovery is unknown at this time.
Sixers star Joel Embiid and Timberwolves star Karl-Anthony Towns came to blows Wednesday night in Philadelphia after becoming tangled up, and the melee left Embiid bloodied. Embiid and Towns had been going at each other throughout the game, and tensions flared in the third quarter after Ben Simmons forced a Towns turnover. As the Sixers raced to the other end of the floor to score a transition bucket, Towns and Embiid began shoving each other, leading to an all-out brawl.
Ben Simmons was nearest to the chaos and tried to pull Towns off Embiid, and eventually wound up laying on top of Towns on the ground with his arm around Towns’ neck.
Embiid and Towns were both ejected from the game, but no other players were penalized by officials. Embiid and Towns can both expect severe fines from the NBA, and it’s possible the league could fine other players for their involvement.
Karl-Anthony Towns’ mom was not pleased with Embiid.
NBA fans were stunned.
Ben Simmons made Karl-Anthony Towns tap out in wild NBA fight
On the night of Game 7 of the 2019 World Series, Joel Embiid and Karl-Anthony Towns stole the spotlight and caused a minor NBA Twitter meltdown after fighting in the third quarter in Philadelphia. Towns and Embiid had been physical with each other all night, and tensions boiled over when the two players got tangled up. Both Embiid and Towns were ejected from the game.
Ben Simmons was the first Sixers player to try and break up the fight, and he would up on the floor with his arm around Towns – who actually tapped out to Simmons’ apparent rear naked choke.