Heading into Wednesday, the Clippers hadn’t beaten the Warriors since Christmas 2014, losing 12 straight to Golden State. While the Warriors were without Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson on Wednesday, Kevin Durant was back to join the full complement of complimentary players. The Clippers, meanwhile, were without Blake Griffin and basically every other player whose name a normal person would recognize other than DeAndre Jordan and Lou Williams.
That’s all they needed.
Lou, arguably the greatest L.A. Clipper ever (at least in the conversation with Baron Davis and Quentin Richardson) dropped 50 in Golden State as L.A. won 125-106. That 50-piece included 27 in the third quarter, where the Clips turned a 4-point halftime deficit into a 7-point lead going into the fourth. Lou outshined Durant, who dropped 40 en route to becoming the second fastest player to score 20,000 points (trailing LeBron by more than a calendar year, albeit having been forced to serve a year in college basketball).
Amid the 50-spot, Shams Charania reported that Lou and the Clippers have been talking about a contract extension, which can be agreed upon during this season. Go max, dear Clippers. Go max.
Scores Galore …
DAL 115, CHA 111
MIA 114, IND 106
UTA 107, WAS 104
DET 114, BKN 80
CHI 122, NYK 119 (2OT)
POR 112, HOU 121
NOP 102, MEM 105
ORL 103, MIL 110
OKC 88, MIN 104
ATL 110, DEN 97
LAC 125, GSW 106
… And So Much More
Holy smokes did Lauri Markkanen have himself a game, outdueling unicorn Kristaps Porzingis in a bonkers Bulls win. To Finland!
Donovan Mitchell, who is like a real Rookie of the Year candidate, forced a critical Bradley Beal turnover to seal a Utah win. Wow.
Serge Ibaka got hit with a suspension for the Raptors’ Cavs showdown on Thursday, but DeMar DeRozan escaped with a fine.
It’s not really clear why Rodney Hood knocked a cell phone out of a fan’s hand after being ejected, but it is clear that Rodney Hood is a hero for doing so.
Zach Lowe goes deep on the Heat and whether they are going on their seemingly annual big run. James Johnson’s quote about The Jungle is incredible.
Ken Berger on Kyrie Irving’s reputation.
Sam Amick has more on the meeting between refs and players scheduled for All-Star Weekend.
The Celtics and Sixers are in London which means funny tourist photos and day basketball! The first match is 3 p.m. ET on Thursday on NBA TV.
Michael Pina on DeMar DeRozan’s completed evolution.
Bucks rookie Sterling Brown got hit with the ol’ popcorn prank by Giannis Antetokounmpo.
After the day game in London, TNT has Raptors-Cavaliers at 8 p.m. ET and Spurs-Lakers at 10:30. One of these is a must-watch. Go pick.
Be excellent to each other.