Kawhi Leonard is one of the top three two-way players in the league for quite some time now. He is known for his ability to make huge plays on both ends of the floor and is one of the best defensive minded players in the league.
The two-time Defensive Player of the Year is currently thriving in Toronto, playing for his new team, Raptors. Thanks to his all-round skills, the Toronto Raptors are currently dismantling the oppositions and are at the top of Eastern Conference with 19-4 record. Let us take a look at three of the highest scoring games of Kawhi's NBA career.
#3 39 vs Houston Rockets, March 6, 2017
Stat line: 39 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists, 1 steal and 2 blocks on 66.7 % shooting
Kawhi had one his best games when the Houston Rockets visited the AT&T Center for a game against the San Antonio Spurs. The hosts were on a seven-game winning streak and were looking to extend it to eight games.
Kawhi pulled up from mid-range to start the proceedings and then backed it up with a three-pointer over Clint Capela. With the Rockets jumping to an early 17-9 lead in the first quarter, Kawhi knocked down a three-pointer in the corner to cut the Rockets' lead to five. He kept the Spurs in the game with some big plays on both ends of the court.
Leonard had 39 points on the night and finished on ridiculous 12-for-18 shooting from the field, including efficient 4-for-5 from beyond the arc. The Rockets defenders had no answer for Kawhi as he went to the free-throw line 11 times and converted all 11 of those attempts.
With the Spurs up by 2 points and less then 20 seconds remaining in the forth quarter, he made a huge block from behind on James Harden and then made two clutch free-throws after getting fouled to lift the Spurs over the Rockets.