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Clippers’ Lou Williams’ game-winner vs. Nets is first career buzzer-beater

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The Los Angeles Clippers almost backed themselves into overtime against the Brooklyn Nets on Sunday, squandering a 10-point lead with under a minute remaining. Then, Lou Williams struck.

Williams found nothing but the bottom of the net on a 28-foot jumper, the longest buzzer-beating game-winner of the season, per ESPN. Also according to ESPN, it was Williams’ first career game-ending buzzer-beater. He’s done a lot in his 14-year NBA career, but prior to Sunday, he had never knocked down a “walk-off”‘ bucket to send the people home.

His bucket Sunday will likely serve as the cherry on top of his candidacy for the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year Award, which he is looking to lock up with weeks still left in the regular season. He delivered 25 points, six rebounds and two assists across 27 minutes Sunday, his 15th outing this year with 25 or more points to his credit.

Through 65 games, all of which have come off the bench, Williams is averaging 20.4 points per game. That’s slightly below where he sat last season (22.6 PPG) before picking up his second NBA Sixth Man of the Year honors, but still puts him atop the leaderboard for reserves in the league this season and makes him one of just 33 players in the league to average 20 or more per game.

Williams is set to lead the Clippers to the postseason next month. He’ll be doing so as the primary scoring option for the first time in his career, having previously averaged 11.2 PPG across 52 playoff appearances. How far they’ll go with Lou Will is undetermined, but one thing seems for sure: He’s going to get buckets no matter how long their stay may be.