Kawhi Leonard and Paul George, playing together for only the fourth NBA game this season, powered the Los Angeles Clippers over the Dallas Mavericks, 114-99, yesterday.
Leonard had 28 points and eight rebounds while George had 26 points and six steals as the Clippers improved to 13-5, 2 1/2 games behind the Western Conference leaders, the Los Angeles Lakers.
"It's scary now. We're getting this thing rolling," George said. "We just want to hoop."
The Clippers stretched their win streak to six games and so did the Denver Nuggets, who defeated visiting Washington,117-104, in the night's only other league game.
Leonard, last season's NBA Finals Most Valuable Player after leading Toronto to the league title, jumped to the Clippers in part because he wanted to play alongside George -- and the dynamic duo showed what they could do after only a week together and healthy.
"Adding myself and Kawhi to the group, we sprinkled into the group," George said. "We've got 50 (points) coming off the bench. We've got waves. It's fun playing."
George had been sidelined by shoulder surgery until mid-November, his return coming after Leonard was out with a knee bruise.
The Clippers, only 2-4 on the road, shut down the NBA's top-scoring offense, holding Mavericks star guard Luka Doncic to 22 points, eight rebounds and six assists.
The Slovenian star was only 4-of-14 from the floor, 0-of-8 from 3-point range, and made seven turnovers under defensive pressure from Leonard and George much of the night.
At Denver, the Nuggets improved to 13-3 by thumping the Wizards.
Jermani Grant came off the bench to lead Denver with 20 points while Will Barton added 17, Jamal Murray added 16 and Nikola Jokic pulled down 20 rebounds.
Reserve guard Jordan McRae led Washington with 21 points.*AFP
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