Lou Williams, who scored 34 points in 23 minutes tonight, became the all-time leading scorer in the championship’s history after leaving the bench. As boss, he also led the Clippers to another victory against the Celtics (140-115).
Lou Williams breaks a new record
A physical leader but the play of a back man. Defensive deficiencies. All these characteristics could have prevented Lou Williams from pursuing a career in the NBA and directed him towards the European championships, where American players of this profile often assert themselves as the continent’s finest triggers. But from his weaknesses came his greatest strength: since he is not a good enough manager to lead the attack and not big enough to hold the best strikers in the league, his coaches decided to put him on the bench despite his undeniable talent. It was the best thing that could have happened to him. Because it was once again in the shoes of a substitute that Williams scored 34 points against the Celtics, leading the Clippers to victory (140-115) tonight. Above all, he became the best scorer in history at the end of the bench with 11,154 points.
He has surpassed Dell Curry, father of Stephen Curry and previous record holder. A fine achievement for the best sixth man in title, who is also a candidate for his own succession. Williams is the offensive joker with excellence. He has all the balls when he enters the field, often playing against the opposing substitutes who remain unsolved in front of his attacking array. He only played 23 minutes last night but he had time to take 20 shots. And to put 14 of his 20 attempts for 34 points but also 5 decisive passes.
A performance in line with the ones he has been doing since he started wearing the Clippers jersey (he arrived in 2017 after a long career as a substitute for the Sixers, Hawks, Raptors, Lakers and Rockets). He sublimated the role of sixth man to the point of being close to becoming All-Star even though he wasn’t starting the games. He is an atypical superstar with more than 20 points per game but without the same status as the league’s best player. But no matter how much he starts on the sidelines, Williams is there in the hottest moments of the matches. Because he has the composure that characterizes (or is supposed to characterize) the best players in this league. This record is a beautiful and well-deserved reward.
The Nets stop the Pistons
Detroit is one of the great teams in shape right now. The Pistons stayed on twelve wins in fourteen games with five straight wins before facing the Nets tonight. Perhaps tired from their match the day before against Chicago, they were beaten dryly (75-103). A one-way game where the power of the New York team – seven players with more than 10 points – made the difference. With 19 points for Spencer Dinwiddie in particular. With this victory, Brooklyn regained sixth place in the Eastern Conference in Detroit, now seventh.
40 points game without victory for Kemba Walker
James Harden knows how Kemba Walker must be feeling right now. At the beginning of the season, the bearded Rockets was playing games with 40 or more pawns and failed to lead his team to victory. This is due to numerous injuries on the Texas side. The Hornets have another problem: they are more or less complete (Batum and Zeller were still missing) but it is the squad that is not equal to the talent of their unique All-Star. Kemba Walker scored 40 points tonight but Charlotte lost to Houston (106-118). The Hornets are playing their place in the playoffs and are currently tenth in the East one eighth place win away.
Sexton the rookie, Raptors’ executioner
Surprise tonight with Cleveland’s victory over Toronto (126-101). An encounter marked by the altercation and expulsion of Marquese Chriss and Serge Ibaka. A difficult evening for Canadians who bit the dust against one of the worst teams in the Eastern Conference. It’s a rookie’s fault, Collin Sexton. The eighth choice of the last draft finished with 28 points, 4 rebounds and 5 passes in 36 minutes. Rarely put forward, he turns more than 15 pawns for his first season in the league.
Full results from last night :
Cavs – Raptors: 126-101
Wizards – Kings: 121-115
Nets – Pistons: 101-75
Rockets – Hornets: 118-106
Jazz – Thunder: 89-98
Clippers – Celtics: 140-115