The Clippers finally beat the Warriors! And all it took was a career-best performance from Lou Williams.
Before Wednesday night, Christmas Day 2014 was the last time the Los Angeles Clippers beat the Golden State Warriors. The three-plus year losing streak is snapped — for now. To overcome the Warriors, Lou Williams came through and delivered the most explosive scoring performance of his life: a career-best 50 points on 16-of-27 shooting. Not only was it a win for Los Angeles, in Oakland, but it came by double-digits, with the final being 125-106.
Stephen Curry didn’t play because of a sprained ankle, but Steve Kerr still had more than enough firepower without his two-time MVP. This game, however, just proves how much of a difference-maker Curry is.
Kevin Durant did his battling with Lou Will and finished with 40. He also became the second-youngest player in NBA history to reach 20,000 career points. Outside of him, though, there was hardly any production. Zaza Pachulia was the second-leading scorer with 12 points. You’re not going to win many games if that happens. It’s noteworthy that Klay Thompson was also inactive. But we’re not here for the excuses. And neither is Steve Kerr.
“We still have two All-Stars. It’s an embarrassment of riches,” said Kerr when talking of Green and Durant. “I’m not going to shy away from that.”
The Clippers took advantage of a depleted team. But they’re missing some key players as well. Neither Blake Griffin nor Austin Rivers played; Patrick Beverley and Danilo Gallinari have also been sidelined for quite a while with a knee and butt injury, respectively. Moreover, Milos Teodosic is dealing with plantar fasciitis. Simply put, they outplayed the reigning champions.
Williams’ gem included a 27-point third quarter where he went 8-of-11 from the field. As a team, Golden State mustered 28 points in that frame.
“Obviously 50 is a huge number. It’s a great accomplishment,” said Williams. “For me, it was more important to get a win, try to close that gap to get back to .500, especially with the injuries, with guys in and out of the lineup, for us to still have that opportunity, to be in the playoff fold. So, I’ve been playing with confidence for the past month or so now.”
Lou Williams is just the fourth players in Clippers history to score at least 50 points in a game. He joins Bob McAdoo, Charles Smith and Freeman Williams.
- Kemba Walker‘s talent is clearly being wasted with the Charlotte Hornets. He dropped 41 points on the Dallas Mavericks but still caught the L.
- Chris Paul poured a season-high 37 all over the Portland Trail Blazers, but it would’ve been 35 had he decided to just dribble out the final 12ish seconds. Damian Lillard was very upset with Paul’s decision.
- Lauri Markkanen and Kristaps Porzingis (insert Spider-Man pointing at Spider-Man meme) had a thrilling double-overtime shootout where they scored 33 and 24, respectively. Markkanen won the game and got bragging rights, though.
MIA 114 – 106 IND
UTA 107 – 104 WAS
DAL 115 – 111 CHA
DET 114 – 80 BKN
CHI 122 – 119 NYK (2OT)
POR 112 – 121 HOU
ORL 103 – 110 MIL
OKC 88 – 104 MIN
NOP 102 – 105 MEM
ATL 110 – 97 DEN
LAC 125 – 106 GSW
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