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Williams, Clippers keep Warriors waiting with upset win

By AFP
media Lou Williams inspired the Los Angeles Clippers in an upset victory over the Golden State Warriors to keep their playoff series alive GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA/AFP

Lou Williams exploded off the bench for 33 points as the Los Angeles Clippers upset the top-seeded Golden State Warriors 129-121 to keep their NBA playoff series alive on Wednesday.

Williams finished with four rebounds and 10 assists on a night when the Clippers' strength in depth thwarted a 45-point display from Kevin Durant to frustrate the Warriors hopes of wrapping up a series victory.

Williams made 12 of 19 attempts from the field while Montrezl Harrell delivered a huge performance off the bench as well, shooting 11-of-14 to finish with 24 points.

Point guard Patrick Beverley had 14 rebounds as the Clippers pulled the series back to 3-2 before game six in Los Angeles on Friday.

The Warriors had earlier threatened to cut loose in a high-scoring first quarter, piling on 41 points.

But Clippers were able to exploit an uneven Warriors defensive display to remain within striking distance, restricting the reigning NBA champions to a four-point lead heading into the second quarter.

The visitors outscored the Warriors 34-22 to take a 71-63 half-time lead and from that point Golden State were chasing the game.

The Clippers opened up a 15-point lead early in the third quarter and they kept the Warriors at arms length until Durant inspired a late run in the fourth.

A spectacular driving dunk by Durant edged Golden State 118-117 ahead with 2:40 remaining in the fourth as the momentum seemed to have shifted to the Warriors.

But Williams drained a three-pointer and forced a foul for a four-point play and the Clippers were suddenly back in front at 121-118.

Two more jumpers from Williams stretched the lead to 125-118 with just over a minute left before Danilo Gallinari's running layup put the Clippers nine points clear.

 
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