“It was great. A lot of emotions,” said Leonard, who grew up around 80 kilometers east of Los Angeles.
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Kawhi Leonard and the Clippers won the opening round of Los Angeles' revitalized battle for basketball supremacy Tuesday, defeating LeBron James and the Lakers 112-102 in a pulsating season-opening clash at the Staples Center. Leonard, who arrived at the Clippers in the offseason after leading Toronto to the NBA title last season, wasted no time roaring back into action, leading the scoring with 30 points.Leonard also had six rebounds and five assists, reserve guard Lou Williams finished with 21 points and power forward Montrezl Harrell tallied 17 points and seven rebounds.Williams outscored the Lakers reserves by himself.However, the Clippers stormed back, cutting the deficit to 25-22 at the end of the quarter.Clippers outscored the Lakers 40-29 in the second quarter and led 62-54 at halftime.
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