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Leonard to the fore as Clippers finish with a flourish against Lakers

Leonard to the fore as Clippers finish with a flourish against Lakers
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There were also wins for the Sixers and Warriors.

The Clippers saw off the Lakers in the Los Angeles Christmas Day derby as the visitors rallied late for a 111-106 win.

Kawhi Leonard came good in the final 12 minutes, recording 11 of the Clippers' 25 points to dish out the Lakers' fourth defeat in a row.

Leonard finished the night with 35 points and 12 rebounds, ahead of Kyle Kuzma who top scored for the Lakers with 25. LeBron James added 23.

Joel Embiid had 31 points for the Philadelphia 76ers in a 121-109 win over the in-form Milwaukee Bucks.

The Bucks had only lost four times going in to the game, but the Sixers were true from distance sinking 21 three-point attempts and Giannis Antetokounmpo was relatively quiet with 18 points and seven assists.

The Golden State Warriors got a surprise win over the Houston Rockets 116-104 with Damion Lee top scoring with 22 points and 15 assists.

Jaylen Brown had 30 as the Boston Celtics defeated the Toronto Raptors 118-102 and the New Orleans Pelicans beat the Denver Nuggets 112-100.

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