Lou Williams scored a career-best 50 points and added seven assists to help the Los Angeles Clippers snap a 12-game, head-to-head losing streak against Golden State by dispatching the Warriors 125-106 on Wednesday at Oakland, Calif. This season, his 11th in the NBA, KD is averaging 26.3 per night.
Durant went for 40 himself, and his 25th stands as career point No. 20,000. He did most of his damage in a fiery third quarter in which he put up 27 points, staking the Clippers to a slim lead that ballooned in the fourth. That would prove to be his best shooting and scoring performance throughout his career, as he also achieved career highs in both 2-point percentage and overall field goal percentage.
If all four players do make it to the All-Star Game and Curry gets to make picks as a team captain, then he may get that chance to get all of his Golden State teammates on the same squad after all.
That first half against Los Angeles couldn't have been a clearer display of his abilities as a scorer, with Durant dropping 25 points on 9-of-10 shooting, along with three made triples in as many attempts. Other players have contributed more win shares than Williams over the course of the season, but have not had the same type of scoring output or they started more games. "We just had a normal shootaround and he was in his usual game day routine with Q [Warriors assistant coach Bruce Fraser] and he just rolled his ankle somehow", Kerr continued.
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As you can see, underneath the number 35 is the word "SNIPE". Our dream matchup of the Golden State Warriors vs. the NBA All-Stars is one step closer to becoming a reality. They did - winning the series in 5 games.
Griffin followed with a 3-pointer and Williams later scored on a short jumper, but the Kings pulled to within 117-115 on George Hill's free throw with 24.9 seconds left.
The Warriors were missing their starting backcourt - Klay Thompson had the night off and Stephen Curry was out with a sprained right ankle. Only James at 28 reached the mark quicker. The only other players to reach this plateau before the age of 30 were Michael Jordan and Wilt Chamberlain.
National Basketball Association finals MVP Durant needed 25 points to get to 20,000 and that is the number he finished on at the end of the first half. Earlier in the year, Curry missed about three weeks.
"Man, that's some great company, and there's so many names I never thought I'd be in the same conversation with", Durant said.