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NBA roundup: Kawhi Leonard posts 33, LA Clippers eliminate Dallas Mavericks

BASKETBALL By Reuters | August 31st 2020

LA Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard (2) is defended by Dallas Mavericks forward Maxi Kleber (42) during the first quarter in game six of the first round of the 2020 NBA Playoffs at AdventHealth Arena. [Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports]

Kawhi Leonard had 33 points, 14 rebounds and seven assists and the Los Angeles Clippers eliminated the Dallas Mavericks from the playoffs with a 111-97 victory in Game 6 on Sunday in the NBA bubble near Orlando.

Ivica Zubac had 15 points and 11 rebounds, while Paul George contributed 15 points, nine boards and seven assists for the Clippers. Leonard added five steals.

The Clippers advanced to the second round of the Western Conference playoffs, where they await the winner of the Utah Jazz-Denver Nuggets series. The Nuggets won later Sunday to tie the series 3-3. Game 7 is scheduled for Tuesday at 8:30 p.m. ET.

Luka Doncic had 38 points, nine assists and nine rebounds for the Mavericks. Dorian Finney-Smith added 16 points and Tim Hardaway Jr. chipped in 10.

Denver Nuggets 119 — 107 Utah Jazz

Denver Nuggets guard Jamal Murray (27) shoots against Utah Jazz forward Juwan Morgan (16) during the second quarter in game six of the first round of the 2020 NBA Playoffs at AdventHealth Arena. [Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports]

Jamal Murray exploded for a game-high 50 points, including 14 in a second-quarter turnaround that propelled third-seeded Denver to victory over sixth-seeded Utah, forcing a seventh and deciding game in their Western Conference first-round playoff series in the NBA bubble.

In scoring 50 for the second time in three games, Murray won a second consecutive duel with Jazz counterpart Donovan Mitchell, who poured in a team-high 44 points, his third time over 40 in the series.

Game 7 is scheduled for Tuesday, with the Nuggets going the distance for the third consecutive time in the last two seasons. They survived a Game 7 with San Antonio in the first round last year, before losing the decisive game to Portland in the Western semifinals.

Boston Celtics 112 — Toronto Raptors 94

Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (0) dribbles between Toronto Raptors guard Norman Powell (24) and guard Fred VanVleet (23) during the third quarter in game one of the second round of the 2020 NBA Playoffs at The Field House. [Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports]

Jayson Tatum and Marcus Smart scored 21 points apiece to lift Boston to a victory over Toronto in the opener of their Eastern Conference semifinal series.

Kemba Walker had 18 points, Jaylen Brown 17, Daniel Theis 13 and Robert Williams III 10 as the Celtics won their fifth straight game to open the playoffs. Theis and Walker added game highs of 15 rebounds and 10 assists, respectively.

Kyle Lowry had 17 points and Serge Ibaka added 15 for the Raptors, who saw their eight-game winning streak come to a halt. Toronto shot 31-of-84 (36.9 percent) from the field and 10-of-40 (25.0 percent) from 3-point range. Pascal Siakam and Fred VanVleet combined to go 8-of-32 for 24 points.


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