Trail Blazers power forward Meyers Leonard had a career-high first half in Game 4 of the Western Conference against the Warriors.
Trail Blazers power forward Meyers Leonard had a career first half in his team's Game 4 loss to the Warriors in the Western Conference finals.
Leonard scored 25 points before halftime, a new career high, as Portland fought to stay alive in the playoffs. The Trail Blazers were down 0–3 in the series before being eliminated Monday night. Leonard finished the game with 30 points and 12 rebounds.
The last time Leonard scored 20 points came Dec. 1 2015 against Dallas. The 27-year-old Leonard averaged 5.9 points and 3.8 rebounds this season, but has come out strong this playoff season and scoring 16 points in Game 3.
Leonard and Stephen Curry both had 25-plus points in the first half. According to ESPN Stats & Info, It's just just the second time opposing players have done so in the last 20 Postseasons after LeBron James and Klay Thompson did so in the 2016 Finals. Curry finished the night with 37 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists.
Here's how athletes and others reacted on social media:
Meyers Leonard out here like a guard 😂😂— Donovan Mitchell (@spidadmitchell) May 21, 2019
Damn Steph really just hit one from Meyers Leonard range.— Mike Prada (@MikePradaSBN) May 21, 2019
where were you the night Meyers Leonard demanded the ball from Damian Lillard for an iso— Draywob Green (@WorldWideWob) May 21, 2019
The Warriors will face the Bucks or Raptors in the NBA Finals.