Kawhi Leonard to miss third straight game, sources say

Kawhi Leonard to miss third straight game, sources say

Kawhi Leonard to miss third straight game, sources say

The Oklahoma City Thunder are trying to rebuild after essentially being forced to unload Paul George and Russell Westbrook over the summer, but George believes his former team came away just fine after dealing him to the Los Angeles Clippers.

With several players in the mix who used to play for the opposition, this one had more than just a "W" as motivation.

Leonard is averaging 26.8 points and 8.9 rebounds per game this season, his first with the Clippers after signing as a free agent last offseason.

Leonard has missed five of the Clippers' 14 games. Donovan quickly got his charges focused and PG scored just 12 more in the game. The 1991-92 season saw them win 45 games led by Danny Manning and Ron Harper.

Paul spent six seasons with the Clippers from 2011-17, but played the past two seasons with the Houston Rockets.

It wasn't a pretty game by any stretch of the imagination but the Thunder battled and hung tight with the Clippers throughout a highly contested battle. And on Monday night, he gave CP3, along with his teammates during the Lob City era, credit for building the foundation upon which the team is now built.

Gallinari's three-pointer tied the score at 86 apiece with 52.5 seconds remaining. George drained the go-ahead 3 about 30 seconds later.

Gallinari was initially ruled to have been fouled with 7.3 seconds remaining, but the call was overturned by the officials after the Clippers challenged it. Gallinari then failed to convert a jumper near the top of the key with four seconds left. George, who grabbed the rebound, subsequently hit a free throw for the final point. Oklahoma City was hurt by nine turnovers to four for Los Angeles in the quarter. He recorded 18 points on Monday, including a 3-pointer with 25.9 seconds left to put the Clippers up for good.

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