Lou Williams has once again been one of the best bench players in the NBA, a crucial cog in Doc Rivers’ plan to make the Los Angeles Clippers relevant.
On Sunday night, Williams put an exclamation point on an already great season by hitting a game-winning shot as time expired to beat the Brooklyn Nets.
Brooklyn had previously tied things up with a Jarrett Allen dunk with just 5.3 seconds to go. That allowed the Nets to defend on a final possession, and to their credit they pushed Williams halfway between the 3-point arc and the logo at midcourt.
But Williams just couldn’t be denied.
LA and Brooklyn are two of the more darling stories in the NBA this year, with each achieving higher than even their own diehards could imagine.
The win, 119-116, gives the Clippers a chance to fight for a higher playoff seed in the West. Los Angeles won’t be caught by the Sacramento Kings at this point, and they’re now just 1.5 games back of the Oklahoma City Thunder for the fifth seed.