Kawhi Leonard scored 31 points, Paul George added 29 and the Los Angeles Clippers beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 120-106 on Friday night for their sixth straight win.

Serge Ibaka had 17 points and 11 rebounds to help the Clippers enhance to 12-4, connecting the Lakers for the NBA’s finest record. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander led the Thunder with 30 points and eight assists against his previous team. Lu Dort added 19 points.

” He was amazing. He had some excellent relocations, excellent finishes around the basket as constantly,” colleague Mike Muscala stated of Gilgeous-Alexander. “He makes the game much easier for everybody on the court.”

The Thunder were in catch-up mode the majority of the way before dropping their second straight and fourth in 5 games. They were just 14 of 42 from 3-point range and just got to the free-throw line 13 times.

” We had a bad start,” Dort stated. “We had to speak with each other, pick it up, and play more difficult.”

The Clippers grabbed control in the very first half, scoring 36 points in the very first quarter and 34 in the second on 63% shooting. They had scoring runs of 21-2 and 11-4 in the very first.

They opened the 2nd quarter with a 19-10 spurt, including George’s steal and soak followed by his consecutive 3-pointers, for their biggest lead of 27 points.

From there, the Thunder put together a 25-15 surge, hitting 5 3-pointers, to trail 70-53 at halftime. The Thunder worked to decrease a 23-point deficit to 10 points in the third. They outscored the Clippers 15-2 during one stretch, assisted by eight points from Dort and Muscala’s first 3-pointer after he missed out on four attempts in the first half.

But Leonard quickly put the Clippers ahead 91-75, running 6 in a row. Muscala hit another 3-pointer that left the Thunder tracking by 13 going into the fourth.

” Groups are going to make runs, despite it’s a leading group or a young group,” George stated. “You got to find out how to win in difficulty and learn how to weather the storm. It’s more so about us standing up to that and performing down the stretch.”

George scored 11 points in the 4th versus his old group, when Gilgeous-Alexander had 10 for the Thunder.

TIP-INS

Thunder: It took until the 2nd half, however Dort and Muscala continued their streaks of both hitting at least one 3-pointer in each game they have actually played this season. Dort leads the team with 34 3-pointers and Muscala is second with 26. … They dropped to 1-6 versus the West.

Clippers: Lou Williams recorded his 249th career video game with at least 5 helps off the bench, tying J.J. Barea for the most such games in NBA history.

NEW ADDITION

Nicolas Batum and his other half, Lily, invited a child previously Thursday. He tweeted a black-and-white picture of the baby called Nayeli. “Lady (sic) are the greatest. They both have done a fantastic task. What an insane day. I’m the happiest man on the planet,” he composed, including three heart emojis. Batum scored 14 points.