LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kawhi Leonard scored 36 points, Lou Williams added 21 and the Los Angeles Clippers rallied from a 10-point deficit at the start of the fourth quarter to defeat the Golden State Warriors 109-100 on Friday night.
The Warriors had a 93-83 lead going into the final 12 minutes before Los Angeles went on a 21-6 run the first six-plus minutes of the quarter to take control. Montrezl Harrell keyed the rally with seven of his 11 points as the Clippers went 8 of 12 from the field and forced the Warriors to go 3 of 11.
The Clippers defeated the Warriors in two straight games for the first time since 2011.
Glenn Robinson III and Omari Spellman scored 17 apiece for Golden State, which has lost its last seven, and Alec Burks added 16.
Los Angeles led 18-9 with 4:53 remaining in the first quarter before Golden State scored 10 of the next 12 points to tie it at 20 late in the quarter.
It was tied at 37 when Spellman sank a pair of 3-pointers during a 9-2 Golden State run. The spurt allowed the Warriors to take a 53-48 lead at halftime.
Leonard scored the first nine points during LA’s rally early in the third for a 55-53 lead before Golden State jumped on top again.
Warriors: Spellman’s made his first start as a member of the Warriors. He started 11 games as a rookie last season with Atlanta. … Alec Burks was 9 of 9 from the line and extended his free throw streak to 35, which is a career high. His previous high was 23 in 2017.
Clippers: F Paul George did not play after straining his left hamstring during practice on Wednesday. It is the second game in the last three that he has missed due to hamstring problems. … Ivica Zubac got his 900th career rebound during the first quarter.
Warriors: travel to Memphis on Sunday. They have split the first two games this season against the Grizzlies.
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