Lou Williams becomes NBA bench points leader in Clippers’ rout of Celtics

first_imgThe 13-year guard scored 34 points to pass Dell Curry as the Los Angeles Clippers routed the Boston Celtics 140-115 on Monday night for their fifth straight win.Williams came into the game needing 28 points to pass Curry, who had 11,147 bench points. He surpassed Curry with 9:53 remaining in the fourth quarter with a driving layup.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsAccording to the Elias Sports Bureau, starters and reserves were tracked in box scores beginning with the 1970-71 season.“Being a sixth man and a career bench player, to have an opportunity to have something like that is special,” Williams said. “I’ve just continued to play aggressively. The shots have really been falling the last couple games.” Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Terry Rozier led the Celtics with 26 points while Jaylen Brown added 22 and Kyrie Irving 18. Boston had a three-game winning streak snapped as it was trying to become the second Eastern Conference team this season to win all four games in California.It is the most points the Celtics have allowed in Brad Stevens’ six seasons as coach and only the fourth time since 1990 they have allowed 140 or more in a regular-season game.“It was a combination of our defense abandoning us and them playing terrific,” Stevens said. “We couldn’t get stops. We talked about trying to guard different ways when we should have just do better what we do. We’ll move on.”Gallinari scored 13 points in the first quarter to propel the Clippers to a 25-19 lead. Rozier hit a 3-pointer at the start of the second to pull the Celtics within three before the Clippers scored nine straight points to lead 34-22 with 9:55 remaining. Later in the quarter, Irving scored five points during an 8-3 run to get Boston within 46-42, but the Clippers countered with another 9-0 run to push the lead back into double digits.Los Angeles led 62-49 at halftime. A 3-pointer by Gordon Hayward with 5:04 remaining pulled Boston to 81-72 but that would be as close as the Celtics got.The Clippers led 101-85 going into the fourth quarter and steadily pulled away.TIP-INSCeltics: Jayson Tatum did not play due to right shoulder soreness. It is only the third time in the forward’s two-year career he has missed a game, but the first due to injury. Brown started in his place.Clippers: Wilson Chandler made his Los Angeles debut at the beginning of the fourth quarter. Chandler was acquired from Philadelphia on Feb. 6 but missed nine games due to a right quad strain.UP NEXT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history LATEST STORIES It is also Williams’ eighth game this season and 29th in his career with 30 or more points off the bench.“It’s amazing just watching him play. Even tonight, just his pace and his speed,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. “The way Lou does it with his size and how often he gets in the paint and finishes over big men is amazing.”Williams, who was 14 of 20 from the field, wasn’t the only Clipper who was hot from the field. Los Angeles shot 61.6 percent (53 of 86), which was its third-best game by field goal percentage since 2000, according to SportRadar. It also tied for the Clippers’ second-most points scored since 2000, with only a 142-94 win over the Lakers on March 6, 2014, surpassing it.Danilo Gallinari added 25 points and Montrezl Harrell 20 for the Clippers, who led most of the game and were up by as many as 30 in the fourth quarter.“We played terrific. We shot the ball well, moved the ball and played at an amazing pace,” Rivers said. “I thought the defense early on was terrific and that got us out running. We really believed that we had to turn this into a pace game to win and I thought we did that.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifyingcenter_img Los Angeles Clippers’ Lou Williams, left, and Montrezl Harrell celebrate a basket made by Williams during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics, Monday, March 11, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won 140-115. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)LOS ANGELES — Lou Williams said it best after becoming the NBA’s career leader in points off the bench.“Any time you can say of all time next to your name, it’s special,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Tick tock, tick tock: Tokyo Olympics clock hits 500-day mark Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Celtics: Return home to face Sacramento Thursday.Clippers: Host Portland Tuesday. 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