Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard calls Lou Williams a fearless scorer
The Los Angeles Clippers had one of their worst defensive showings of the season on Saturday. They gave up 80 first half points to the New Orleans Pelicans. L.A. would go on a furious fourth quarter rally, though. And it would prove to be enough for them to escape with a hard-fought 133-130 win against the Pelicans.
One man who was at the very thick of the comeback win was sixth man extraordinaire Lou Williams. The 32-year-old veteran came up huge for his side on Saturday, scoring 33 points off the bench to help his team to the victory. After another tremendous performance from Williams, teammate Kawhi Leonard had nothing but good things to say about the three-time Sixth Man of the Year winner.
“Very talented scorer — fearless, just goes out there and plays the game,” Leonard said of Williams, via ESPN. “He pushed us to win that game in that fourth quarter. It just gives you relief that you have somebody that also can take over.”
Williams scored his 33 points in pretty efficient fashion, going 7-of-16 from the field and 14-of-15 from the line. He also added four triples, four rebounds, five assists, two steals, and a block to round out another outstanding showing.
For his part, Leonard was not bad himself, accounting for a game-high 39 points (15-of-28 from the field, 8-of-10 from the charity stripe), six rebounds, six assists, five steals, and a block in 34 minutes of actions. Both Kawhi and Williams had to pick up the slack, with Paul George still out of action due to a lingering hamstring problem.
Right now, Williams is on track to bag his fourth Sixth Man of the Year title, as he continues to light it up for the Clippers night in and night out.