Kawhi Leonard recorded the first triple-double of his career in a 122-117 win over the Miami Heat, finishing the game with 33 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 assists.
Leonard said he didn't know of his achievement until Tyronn Lue told him in the 4th quarter.
"It's just a great honor. ... I believe going into the fourth Coach [Tyronn] Lue told me 'Congratulations.'" And I didn't know what he was talking about and he said I got my first triple-double so that's when I was aware," said Leonard.
The Clippers were playing without Paul George and Patrick Beverley due to injuries.
Doc Rivers added that the Heat's defense forced Leonard to pass the ball.
"Actually I thought he had one already. Yeah, that's cool. And he had to -- [the Heat] were trapping him. And instead of trying to force it, he just kept taking the traps, moving the ball, getting guys open shots. And the whole key is like Kawhi said in [the locker room], 'I'm going to pass you that ball, but the key was that you guys made the shots.' That led to the end of the game where then he got his isos, and then he started scoring. So it was like he was a boxer and he just kind of took his time until he could throw punches."