Clippers news: Lou Williams records franchise-best 27 points in third quarter
L.A. Clippers guard Lou Williams was expected to have a big-usage night on Wednesday with plenty of hurt bodies on his team. Still, he left people amazed at the kind of performance he had when the Clippers took down the defending champions Golden State Warriors on the road, 125-106.
Williams dropped a career-high 50 points on the Warriors, spoiling Golden State forward Kevin Durant’s night in which the latter reached the 20,000-points mark. Williams particularly waxed hot from the field in the third quarter, wherein he scored the bulk of points total, going off for 27 points in the period to eclipse a record that former Clippers guard Baron Davis set over seven years ago.
Lou Williams had 27 points in the third quarter, the most in a quarter in Clippers history. The previous record was 23 points by Baron Davis in 2010
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) January 11, 2018
All told, Williams made 16 of his 27 shot attempts, which includes an 8-of-16 shooting line from long range. He was also perfect on the line, stitching together an un-DeAndre Jordan-esque 10-of-10 performance from the charity stripe. In addition, Williams also had seven assists and only had four turnovers despite getting a lion’s share of the possession.
Lou Williams’ point total also negated the 40 points Durant churned out for the Warriors, who suffered their first loss of the year.
Williams has been playing like a man possessed since the calendar turned to 2018. In five games so far this January, the 31-year-old shooting guard has averaged 33.3 points on 47.7 percent shooting from the field. He is also shooting 43.5 percent from the three-point area during that span, while making 97.8 percent of his free throws.
Williams will look to keep it going this Thursday with a road date against the Sacramento Kings.