Kawhi Leonard, Clippers down Lakers in Opener
LOS ANGELES -- Kawhi Leonard's long-awaited Clippers debut began with Lakers fans booing his introduction and interrupting his pregame message thanking the fans in L.A. Once the game tipped off, he got off to a slow start.
By the time his first home game at Staples Center was over, though, Leonard made all the noise that mattered. After starting with two missed shots and two turnovers, Leonard buried seven straight baskets at one point in the first half. He scored 15 of his 30 points during that momentum-turning tear to help lead the Clippers to a 112-102 win over the Los Angeles Lakers.
"He talks with his game," Clippers coach Doc Rivers said of Leonard, who also had 6 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals, and a block. "I think that's the way it should be."
Lakers fans, though, tried to rain on the Clippers' night as Staples Center sounded like a Lakers' home game at times. When the lights went down for the Clippers' pregame hype video, Lakers fans booed loudly.
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