Kawhi Leonard scored 11 of his 35 points in the fourth quarter and had 12 rebounds to help the Clippers beat the Lakers 111-106 on Wednesday night in the NBA’s marquee Christmas game.
Montrezl Harrell had 18 points off the bench, Paul George added 17 and the Clippers improved to 2-0 against the Lakers this season.
Kyle Kuzma led the Lakers with 25 points. LeBron James had 23 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds, and Anthony Davis had 24 points. The Lakers have lost four straight games.
The Lakers had a chance to tie in the final seconds, but video review showed James touched the ball last after Patrick Beverley knocked it away as James went up for a 3. George hit two free throws for the final margin.
Lou Williams made two free throws — after a questionable foul call against Davis for tapping the swingman after his transition layup rimmed out — to give the Clippers a 105-103 lead with 3:29 remaining.
Leonard, who had a 3 to cap a 7-0 run and tie it 101-101 with 5:14 remaining, then made four late free throws.
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76ers 121, Bucks 109: Joel Embiid had 31 points and 11 rebounds and host Philadelphia sank 21 3-pointers in its win over Eastern Conference-leading Milwaukee. Khris Middleton scored 31 points and Giannis Antetokounmpo had 18 points and 14 rebounds for Milwaukee. “I’m not going to overvalue one game,” Philadelphia general manager Elton Brand said, “but it’s a good barometer.”
Celtics 118, Raptors 102: Jaylen Brown scored 30 points, Kemba Walker had 22 and Boston won the first Christmas Day NBA game played in Canada. Enes Kanter had 12 points and 11 rebounds as the Celtics became the first Atlantic Division opponent to win in Toronto in more than four years. Boston’s Gordon Hayward returned to the starting lineup after missing the previous three games because of a sore left foot and scored 14 points. Fred VanVleet scored 27 points and Chris Boucher had 24 for the Raptors.
Pelicans 112, Nuggets 100: Brandon Ingram went 7-for-9 from beyond the arc en route to a game-high 31 points as New Orleans prevailed in Denver. Jrue Holiday added 20 points and eight assists for the Pelicans. Nikola Jokic had team highs of 23 points and 10 rebounds for the Nuggets.
Briefly: Boston guard Marcus Smart, dealing with an eye infection, traveled to Toronto but was not active. He has missed the past seven games. “I thought I was going to go blind for a while,” Smart told ESPN.com. “I think it was the worst case of viral conjunctivitis that they’ve seen. So, basically, I was a guinea pig to see how to handle this if it ever happens again to anybody else.” … After waiving forward Jeff Green on Tuesday, the Jazz signed forward Rayjon Tucker on Wednesday.
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