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In a night where Kevin Durant scored his 20,000 NBA career point en route to a 40-point performance, an opposing player stole the show.
The almost unquestioned front-runner for this season’s Sixth Man of the Year award finished with a career-high 50 points. In his eighth start of the season, Lou Williams shot 16-27 from the field, 10-10 from the free throw line, and 8-16 from three-point land. He also added 2 rebounds and 7 assists in 35 minutes of play.
This shot capped off a brilliant and electrifying performance from Williams:
— NBA (@NBA) January 11, 2018
Williams racked up 27 of his 50 points in the third quarter alone, which broke the Clippers’ single quarter scoring record of 23, set by Baron Davis in 2010, according to ESPN.
This Clipper win breaks a 12-game losing streak against the Warriors that dates back to Christmas Day 2014.
In a season where the Clippers have been absolutely decimated by injuries, Williams has remained one of the team’s only constants. Whether he’s starting or coming off the bench, he ignites the Clippers in ways not many other players can.
This is Williams’ third 40-point game of the season, which ties him for second with Giannis Antetokounmpo. It is also the seventh 50-point game we have seen so far during the 2017-18 NBA season.
Despite the multitude of injuries the Clippers have suffered, they sit just one game out of the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. Williams has been one of the main reasons why this team has remained competitive.
Williams just seems to keep getting better, despite being 31 and in his 13th NBA season. He’s having, by far, the best season of his career and there’s not much reason for him to be slowing down anytime soon.