Clippers happily accustomed to Lou Williams’ late-game heroics

first_imgThe others: Phil Jackson (Bulls and Lakers); George Karl (Sonics and Nuggets); Dick Motta (Bulls and Mavericks); Don Nelson (Bucks, Mavericks and Warriors); Pat Riley (Lakers and Heat) and Lenny Wilkins (Sonics, Cavaliers and Hawks).Before joining the Clippers, Rivers was 416-305 in nine seasons with the Boston Celtics. In five-plus seasons with the Clippers, he’s 300-181 – not that he’s even worried about that, he said.“I didn’t know that,” he said of having won his 300th game as Clippers coach. “I’m surprised by that; I had no idea. I don’t know what to say. It’s nice – however, it’s not what I’m here for. I want to win four games in (one NBA Finals series). That’s what I’m here for.”“I’ve been very lucky,” Rivers added. “I’ve been blessed with great players, and I have had great staff. In a lot of ways, I’m the lucky one.” “Yeah, a lot of them,” Williams said when asked about his previous game-winners. “But don’t matter to me, this one is that matters tonight. It was a good shot, real deep, so it’s cool.“It’s 30 feet from the rim, fading away. I felt like if I’d have played it straight-up, they would’ve had an opportunity to guard it out. A 30-foot fadeaway, I don’t think they (were) even worried about that type of shot.”They probably should have been.FUTURE TRIVIA ANSWERWilliams’ heroics Sunday secured some history.Rivers’ 300th victory as coach of the Clippers, while notable on its own, also puts him in company with only six other NBA coaches who’ve won 300 or more regular-season games with two or more teams, according to Elias.Related Articles More recently, his floating, falling layup over Milwaukee’s Eric Bledsoe and Brook Lopez with three-tenths of a second left in overtime on Nov. 10, 2018, at Staples Center, produced the first signature victory of the Clippers’ surprising season. And then there was Sunday, when Danilo Gallinari delivered the ball to Williams, who came through again.“It was a heck of a shot,” Nets coach Kenny Atkinson said.“(Williams) is one of those guys,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. “He’s not scared.” What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 His fallaway buzzer-beater from 28 feet out, launched over the outstretched arms of Spencer Dinwiddie – Williams’ presumptive competition for Sixth Man of the Year – was his second go-ahead basket in the final five seconds this season and the third in the past two seasons.According to ESPN, that ties him for most in the NBA in that span.A refresher:With five seconds left and the Clippers trailing Washington 112-110 on Dec. 9, 2017, Williams dribbled between his legs, behind his back and rose up from 28 feet out to drain a 3-pointer over Bradley Beal for the win.“He did it last year, same spot, against Washington here at home,” Harrell remembers. “He’s been here before, ain’t nothing new to him.” LOS ANGELES — Nobody in the Clippers’ locker room expects cool-handed Lou Williams to break into a SportsCenter-worthy touchdown dance.Everyone in there, however, anticipates the veteran closer knocking down the big shots that make it onto ESPN.“Game over,” said Montrezl Harrell of the moment when Williams gets the ball with the game on the line. “He’s either gonna get fouled and go to the free-throw line and end the game, or he’s gonna do what he did and knock down a big-time shot.”On Sunday, Williams – who, it should be noted, is on pace to become the only player on record to average more than 20 points in fewer than 27 minutes per game in a season, according to Elias Sports Bureau – added yet another exploit to a season full of them, hitting the game-winner for a 119-116 victory over Brooklyn.center_img For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters last_img read more