Williams drops 50 as Clippers rout Warriors, spoil Durant's milestone

Blake Griffin unlikely to play in Clippers-Warriors rematch

He needed 25 points on Wednesday night against the Los Angeles Clippers to surpass 20,000 points, a mark few National Basketball Association players own. That was during the peak of their rivalry, and also the last time the Clippers would beat the Warriors for years to come. After Lou Williams committed a turnover, Bazemore was fouled by Jordan and hit one of two free throws for a 105-99 advantage.

Golden State has been shuttling key players in and out of the lineup for weeks, dealing with a barrage of injuries. The Warriors had a rate of 0.176 (below their season average of 0.196), while the Nuggets posted a mark of 0.126 (below their season average of 0.190). With Golden State down 111-113 with less than a minute to go, during game 3 in Cleveland, Kevin Durant's outcome-altering 3-pointer with just under 46 seconds left on the clock will likely be remembered as the biggest shot of his career.

In two matchups this season, the Warriors have proven to be a problem that the Clippers (along with the rest of the NBA) have yet to solve. So, we won five of those games, but last night (against the Clippers) we didn't have the firepower.

After scoring a career-high 50 points against the Warriors, however, Williams is enjoying a hot streak and his overall value is likely at an all-time high. The NBA is like baseball with the second wild-card playoff berth now: More teams than usual will have a realistic mathematical shot of getting into the playoffs when the trade window closes. Lou Williams (29.0 points and 6.2 assists) has been stellar for the Clippers while Stephen Curry (35.0 points, 6.0 assists, 5.8 rebounds and 1.2 steals) has contributed greatly to the Warriors.

Losses to teams from LA are frustrating, but dud games happen. LaMarcus Aldridge has kept San Antonio afloat and in contention for the best record in the West all season, even without Kawhi Leonard's help most of the way. There is very little spacing on the floor outside of the 3 top scorers. Los Angeles opened as a 1.5-point fave, while the total has risen after opening at 209. As it turns out, they only player they needed Wednesday night was Lou Williams. Drake definitely probably has tattoos paying tribute to Steph Curry and Kevin Durant. "I just want to go play in the game".

The Golden State Warriors are going to go on the road and win this game. Los Angeles ranks 24th in rebounds allowed per game (44.2). The Bucks are 14-7 this season at home.

But once he arrived in Oakland, and was put in de facto defensive coordinator Ron Adams' scheme, Durant blocked shots at a career high rate of 1.6 per game a year ago.

The team is third best in the league, with just 3.9 of its field goal attempts rejected per game - bested only by the Spurs (3.6) and Milwaukee (3.8).

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