Zaza Pachulia Speaks Out on Allegedly Injuring Kawhi Leonard on Purpose

May 14, 2017; Oakland, CA, USA; San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard (2) reacts after an injury during the third quarter in game one of the Western conference finals of the 2017 NBA Playoffs against the Golden State Warriors at Oracle Arena. The Warriors defeated the Spurs 113-111. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

The Golden State Warriors came away with a narrow 113-111 victory in the Western Conference Finals as they came back from a 23-point deficit in the third quarter.

A big reason for the comeback was due to the absence of San Antonio Spurs star Kawhi Leonard, who went down in the third quarter with an ankle injury. With Leonard on the floor, the team’s differential was +21 and without Leonard it was a staggering -22.

Although Leonard had injured his ankle twice during the game, the most significant blow came as Warriors big man Zaza Pachulia stepped under him after a jump shot.

Pachulia spoke after the game on the alleged intent of the close out.

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