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Kawhi, Clippers Clobber Cavs in Tinseltown


WRAP-UP

On Monday night against the Lakers, the Cavaliers saw things slip away right after halftime. On Tuesday, a scorching Kawhi Leonard and the Clippers never let them get that far.

The Clippers blew things open just before halftime, opening up a double-digit lead and never looking back – handing Cleveland the 128-103 loss to keep the Cavs winless in Tinseltown.

L.A. scored thirty-plus points in each of the first two quarters and exactly 40 in the third, overwhelming the road-weary Wine and Gold. Leonard went off for a season-high 43 points in just three quarters of work and Lou Williams added 24 off the bench in the lopsided win.

The Cavaliers were without Kevin Love – who sat the second-half of the back-to-back – but got Larry Nance Jr. back after a six-game absence with a sore knee. It didn’t matter against a Clippers squad that’s dropped Cleveland in each of its last four visits.

Collin Sexton led the Cavs on Tuesday – netting 25 points on 10-of-18 shooting, including 4-of-6 from beyond the arc, adding a pair of steals.

Cedi Osman was just as good from deep – going 5-of-8 from long-range and 7-of-13 overall, finishing with 21 points, three boards and an assist. Including both games on Cleveland’s recent trip to L.A., the third-year forward was a combined 9-for-14 from three-point range.

Darius Garland didn’t shoot the ball particularly well, but still managed to tally the first double-double of his young career – finishing with 14 points and game-high 10 assists in the loss.

Cleveland’s bench did most of its damage during garbage time, but there were still some noteworthy efforts.

Matthew Dellavedova went for a season-high 14 points – all in the fourth quarter – going 4-of-7 from the floor, including 2-of-3 from deep and 4-of-6 from the stripe. John Henson added 10 points on 4-of-8 shooting to go with seven boards and three blocked shots. Two-way player, Dean Wade, chipped in with six points, eight boards and three blocks of his own.

Overall, the Clippers shot 52 percent from the field, canned 15 triples and outrebounded the Wine and Gold, 53-40, in the victory.


HIGHLIGHT

Darius Garland dimes John Henson for the first-quarter slam.


TURNING POINT

Tuesday’s turning point was every bit as pronounced as Monday’s here at Staples Center.

Cleveland hung tough with Doc Rivers’ squad through the first quarter and was well within striking distance late in the quarter – cutting L.A.’s lead to just three, 53-50, on Cedi Osman’s triple with 3:02 to play before half.

But those are the last points Cleveland would score before half – with the Clippers closing the second quarter on a 13-0 run to take a 16-point edge into the locker room.

Less than four minutes into the second stanza, L.A. improved its edge to 20, proceeded to score 40 points in the period and essentially coasted home in the fourth quarter.


BY THE NUMBERS

16.0, 5.6, .462, .857 … Darius Garland’s scoring and assist averages – along with his shooting percentage from the floor and the stripe – over the past 10 games.

Over that stretch, the No. 5 overall pick in this June’s Draft has tallied at least a dozen points in each, with two 20-point efforts in the mix.


QUOTABLE

Cedi Osman, on his strong shooting in both games at Staples Center …

”I’m just feeling really comfortable right now. I am trusting my shot because I know that I have worked really hard to fix mythree-point shot. I think it is just paying off right now. I am going to keep being confident and believing in my shot. I know that I’m a good shooter.”


CALLS OF THE GAME

Enjoy the best broadcast calls of the night from Cavaliers Radio Network's Tim Alcorn and 87.7 La Mega's Rafa Hernandez-Brito.


UP NEXT

After a rough couple nights in SoCal, the Wine and Gold close out their roadie this weekend with a back-to-back beginning with a Friday night tilt in Memphis against Ja Morant and the surprising Grizzlies.

On Saturday night, the Cavs close out the trip against the Bulls in Chicago before returning to Cleveland for a three-game homestand – welcoming the Knicks to town for an MLK Day matinee followed by visits from the Wizards and Bulls to close out the week.

GAME RECAP: Clippers 128, Cavaliers 103

Kawhi Leonard scores 43 points with four assists, three rebounds and a block to lead LA over Cleveland, 128-103.

Cavaliers at Clippers – January 14, 2020

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GAME RECAP: Clippers 128, Cavaliers 103

Kawhi Leonard scores 43 points with four assists, three rebounds and a block to lead LA over Cleveland, 128-103.
Jan 15, 2020  |  00:01

Cavs at Clippers Postgame: Coach Beilein

Cavaliers Head Coach John Beilein spoke with the media following Tuesday’s loss to the LA Clippers at the STAPLES Center.
Jan 15, 2020  |  04:16

Cavs at Clippers Postgame: Cedi Osman

Cavaliers forward Cedi Osman spoke with the media following Tuesday’s loss to the LA Clippers at the STAPLES Center.
Jan 15, 2020  |  02:35

Cavs at Clippers Postgame: Darius Garland

Cavaliers guard Darius Garland spoke with the media following Tuesday’s loss to the LA Clippers at the STAPLES Center.
Jan 15, 2020  |  01:59

Cavs at Clippers Postgame: John Henson

Cavaliers center John Henson spoke with the media following Tuesday’s loss to the LA Clippers at the STAPLES Center.
Jan 15, 2020  |  02:44

Dean Wade Throws the Hammer Down

Dean Wade shows off his strength with a big-time dunk late on Tuesday night.
Jan 15, 2020  |  00:10

Exum Drills the Sky-High Shot

Exum knocks down the sky-high floater on Tuesday night in Los Angeles.
Jan 15, 2020  |  00:15

Cedi Makes It Look Easy Against LA Defense

Cedi drives past the LA defense before tossing in the bucket.
Jan 15, 2020  |  00:11

Garland with the Baseline Dime

Darius Garland makes a nice assist along the baseline, finding Collin Sexton for the three pointer.
Jan 14, 2020  |  00:18

Henson Kicks Off the Block Party

John Henson swats the Clippers shot before Garland sends one back of his own.
Jan 14, 2020  |  00:16

Featured Highlight: Henson Slams It

Darius Garland dimes John Henson for the first-quarter slam.
Jan 14, 2020  |  00:10

Young Bull Goes Up & Under

Collin Sexton goes up and under for the score in the first frame.
Jan 14, 2020  |  00:10

Cedi Knocks Down the Fancy Two

Cedi Osman cans the fancy bucket in the first quarter of Tuesday's game.
Jan 14, 2020  |  00:09
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