LA, January 25: Los Angeles Clippers star Kawhi Leonard posted his first career triple-double in the NBA, while Russell Westbrook starred for the Houston Rockets on Friday. Leonard’s 33 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists helped the Clippers overcome the Miami Heat 122-117. Montrezl Harrell (15 points and 11 rebounds) and JaMychal Green (14 and 10) had double-doubles.
Jimmy Butler was unable to lift Miami to a victory, finishing with 20 points, eight rebounds and seven assists while going six-of-15 from the field. Westbrook’s 45 points, 10 assists and six rebounds saw the Rockets past the Minnesota Timberwolves 131-124. Timberwolves star Karl-Anthony Towns contributed 30 points and 12 rebounds for Minnesota.
Giannis stars in Paris as Lowry lifts Raptors
In Paris, Giannis Antetokounmpo had 30 points in the Milwaukee Bucks’ 116-103 win over the Charlotte Hornets. Kyle Lowry’s 26 points, six rebounds and three assists helped defending champions the Toronto Raptors past the New York Knicks 118-112. Nikola Jokic starred for the Denver Nuggets, finishing with 27 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists in a 113-106 win over the New Orleans Pelicans. Zion Williamson played 21 minutes for the Pelicans, going seven-of-nine from the field for 15 points.