Used to major postseason meetings, Kawhi Leonard demonstrated it again this Friday, by extricating his Clippers from a beautiful nest. His heroic performance allowed him to integrate a historic cast, composed among others of LeBron James and Wilt Chamberlain.
After seeing their local rivals humiliated over their elimination hours earlier, the Clippers knew what to expect in the event of a loss on Friday. Visiting the Mavericks’ floor for a Game 6 « win or go home », Tyronn Lue’s men have had better fortune than the Lakers, and can thank Kawhi leonard.
Winners 104-97, they could count on a great night fun guy, determined to play a game 7 Sunday. The 45 points scored by the latter indeed played a big role in the victory of his family, and therefore in their survival. They also saw the main stakeholder join the league top in the history books.
According to @EliasSports Kawhi Leonard is the 4th player in NBA postseason history with 45 points and 70% FG when facing elimination, joining Jamal Murray, LeBron James and Wilt Chamberlain. pic.twitter.com/ceODjx0mco
– ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) June 5, 2021
According to Elias Sports, Kawhi Leonard is the 4th player in the history of the NBA playoffs to register 45 points at more than 70% in shooting at the gates of elimination, joining Jamal Murray, LeBron James and Wilt Chamberlain.
Besides Jamal Murray’s mind-boggling heat last year, only Lebron james and Wilt Chamberlain had achieved such a feat in the past.
Note that The Klaw also became the 4th all-time player to total such a number of points with such an insolent address in an away victory in the finals since 1963. He thus imitated Murray, LeBron and… Charles Barkley . Suffice to say that his evening was rather fruitful in terms of historical prowess.
LeBron James, Wilt Chamberlain, Charles Barkley… Kawhi Leonard did not choose the worst names to join in history this Friday. All this while saving his team from a bad patch.