Danilo Gallinari took an inbounds cross with 5.three seconds left before passing to Williams, who drilled a 28-foot recreation-profitable three-pointer while fading to his left over a defender to offer the Los Angeles Clippers an exciting 119-116 win over the Nets and set off a jubilant celebration at Staples Middle.
This was the primary buzzer-beating recreation winner Williams has hit in his 14 seasons, in accordance with ESPN Stats & Info. And the NBA’s all-time leading bench scorer celebrated by sprinting to the far corner of the courtroom where he stood together with his arms up in the air as he was mobbed by his teammates.
“I get made fun of that I do not know find out how to rejoice,” Williams stated after scoring 25 factors to assist the Clippers win for the seventh time in eight video games. “My teammates say I do not know how you can rejoice. I have been working on my [celebrations]. They are saying I don’t present emotion.”
The Clippers and Nets are preventing for a playoff spot of their respective conferences, they usually both played like a berth was at stake in a recreation crammed with emotion and wild momentum swings. The Clippers (forty one-30), winners of seven of their final eight, are eighth within the West but only two video games out of the fourth spot. The Nets (36-36) have lost three straight and are seventh in the Japanese Conference, 1.5 games behind Detroit.
The Clippers trailed by as many as 19 within the second quarter only to storm back and take a 60-55 lead into the half following a 33-9 run. They led one hundred and five-91 with 7:07 left after which 116-106 with 1:02 left to play earlier than the Nets scored 10 unanswered to tie the sport with 5.three seconds left.
However Williams, who handed Dell Curry final week for most points scored by a reserve in NBA history, would not let the sport go to extra time as he continued to point out why he’s the league’s premier sixth man for the second straight season.
Williams is not any stranger to clutch baskets. During the last two seasons, Williams has hit three go-forward baskets in the remaining 5 seconds, tied for probably the most within the NBA. However this was his first buzzer-beating recreation winner.
“He is been superb, completely superb,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers stated. “He is not scared.”
“He’s had buzzer beaters, but perhaps there was one second left,” Rivers added. “However once I guess you say buzzer beater, I assume meaning when it leaves your hand, there isn’t a other shot. He is made some big photographs for us all yr. It’s good they did not get one other alternative as a result of they in all probability would’ve scored, the best way issues have been going.”
Nets coach Kenny Atkinson stated there was no considered fouling Williams earlier than the shot.
Clippers ahead Montrezl Harrell knew what would happen as soon as Williams received the ball.
“Recreation over,” Harrell thought. “We all know he is going to do one thing, whether or not he is going to both get fouled, go to the free throw…