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Clippers’ Lou Williams scores most points by a reserve in a game since 2009

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Los Angeles Clippers super sub Lou Williams was in his bag on Monday night, scoring a season-high 45 points. In fact, Williams’ 45 points were the most by a reserve since 2009:

In fact, Williams became the only eighth player in the last 35 seasons to score 45 or more points off the bench:

This also represented the fourth 40-point game by a reserve over the last five seasons. Oh, and all four of those belong to Sweet Lou.

The two-time Sixth Man of the Year went 13-of-25 from the field and made all 16 of his attempts from the charity stripe. The Minnesota Timberwolves, however, spoiled Williams’ huge night, using a complete team effort to defeat the Clippers on the road, 130-120.

Williams, who was selected 45th overall in the 2005 NBA draft, has carved out a career as a quintessential bucket-getter off the bench. The 6-foot-1 guard is coming off a career year with the Clippers last season, winning his second career Sixth Man of the Year award after first winning it back in 2015 with the Toronto Raptors.

On the season, however, Williams’ numbers and minutes have dipped a bit, given that the Clippers have a lot of depth at guard this season. Despite this, Williams continues to thrive in the role he has known for his entire career.

In 52 games this season, all off the bench, Williams is averaging 19.7 points, 2.9 rebounds, and 5.2 assists while shooting 42.2 percent from the field, 36.7 percent from 3, and 89.5 percent from the free-throw line.