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Clippers' Williams becomes NBA bench points leader in win

LOS ANGELES (AP) 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.

The 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.

According 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 aggressive. The shots have really been falling the last couple games.''

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.''

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-INS

Celtics: 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

Celtics: Return home to face Sacramento Thursday.

Clippers: Host Portland Tuesday. The Trail Blazers lead the season series 2-1.

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Key Players
K. Irving
11 PG
L. Williams
23 SG
26.5 Min. Per Game 26.5
20.2 Pts. Per Game 20.2
5.4 Ast. Per Game 5.4
3.0 Reb. Per Game 3.0
49.8 Field Goal % 42.9
49.7 Three Point % 42.3
86.9 Free Throw % 88.2
  Defensive rebound by Semi Ojeleye 0:13
  Sindarius Thornwell missed 3rd of 3 free throws 0:16
+ 1 Sindarius Thornwell made 2nd of 3 free throws 0:16
  Shooting foul on Brad Wanamaker 0:16
+ 3 Terry Rozier made 3-pt. jump shot 0:32
  Garrett Temple missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:40
+ 2 Terry Rozier made jump shot, assist by Brad Wanamaker 1:13
  Garrett Temple missed 3-pt. jump shot 1:26
  Defensive rebound by Tyrone Wallace 1:44
  Tyrone Wallace missed layup, blocked by Robert Williams 1:55
  Shooting foul on Ivica Zubac 2:05
Team Stats
Points 115 140
Field Goals 44-91 (48.4%) 53-86 (61.6%)
3-Pointers 14-36 (38.9%) 13-28 (46.4%)
Free Throws 13-19 (68.4%) 21-25 (84.0%)
Total Rebounds 38 52
Offensive 7 10
Defensive 22 37
Team 9 5
Assists 26 29
Steals 11 4
Blocks 4 1
Turnovers 13 19
Fouls 24 26
Technicals 1 0
18 PTS, 2 REB, 11 AST
34 PTS, 4 REB, 5 AST
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away team logo Celtics 41-27 19303630115
home team logo Clippers 39-29 25373939140
Team Stats
away team logo Celtics 41-27 102.1 PPG 47.8 RPG 21.4 APG
home team logo Clippers 39-29 114.7 PPG 40.2 RPG 25.3 APG
Key Players
T. Rozier PG PPG RPG APG FG%
L. Williams SG 20.0 PPG 3.0 RPG 5.4 APG 42.5 FG%
Top Scorers
T. Rozier PG 26 PTS 2 REB 2 AST
L. Williams SG 34 PTS 4 REB 5 AST
48.4 FG% 61.6
38.9 3PT FG% 46.4
68.4 FT% 84.0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
J. Brown 22 7 0 9/13 3/5 1/2 1 31 3 0 0 1 6 -12 32
K. Irving 18 2 11 8/17 2/7 0/0 4 33 1 0 4 0 2 -21 39
M. Morris 11 2 0 3/9 1/4 4/4 5 24 0 0 0 0 2 -18 13
A. Horford 10 1 4 5/12 0/3 0/0 1 25 2 0 1 0 1 -7 20
M. Smart 8 1 2 3/5 1/3 1/1 3 26 3 1 1 0 1 -12 16
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
J. Brown 22 7 0 9/13 3/5 1/2 1 31 3 0 0 1 6 -12 32
K. Irving 18 2 11 8/17 2/7 0/0 4 33 1 0 4 0 2 -21 39
M. Morris 11 2 0 3/9 1/4 4/4 5 24 0 0 0 0 2 -18 13
A. Horford 10 1 4 5/12 0/3 0/0 1 25 2 0 1 0 1 -7 20
M. Smart 8 1 2 3/5 1/3 1/1 3 26 3 1 1 0 1 -12 16
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
T. Rozier 26 2 2 10/14 6/9 0/0 1 25 1 0 2 1 1 -8 31
G. Hayward 8 1 4 3/7 1/1 1/2 1 21 0 0 0 0 1 -20 17
S. Ojeleye 4 4 0 1/3 0/1 2/4 2 17 0 0 3 3 1 -15 5
B. Wanamaker 2 1 1 0/3 0/1 2/2 1 5 0 0 0 0 1 +3 5
A. Baynes 2 2 2 1/4 0/1 0/0 2 9 1 1 1 1 1 -10 9
D. Theis 2 2 0 1/2 0/0 0/0 2 8 0 1 1 0 2 -8 4
G. Yabusele 1 2 0 0/2 0/1 1/2 0 5 0 0 0 0 2 +3 3
R. Williams 1 2 0 0/0 0/0 1/2 1 4 0 1 0 1 1 0 4
R. Hunter - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
P. Dozier - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Tatum - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 115 29 26 44/91 14/36 13/19 24 233 11 4 13 7 22 -125 198
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
D. Gallinari 25 5 2 9/12 4/5 3/3 1 27 0 0 2 0 5 +10 32
I. Zubac 14 7 2 6/7 0/0 2/2 5 26 0 0 3 0 7 +10 22
S. Gilgeous-Alexander 12 5 3 4/7 1/1 3/3 1 21 1 0 4 2 3 +1 20
P. Beverley 11 5 6 4/8 2/3 1/1 2 31 0 1 1 1 4 +10 28
L. Shamet 11 2 5 4/6 3/5 0/0 3 24 1 0 2 0 2 +10 22
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
D. Gallinari 25 5 2 9/12 4/5 3/3 1 27 0 0 2 0 5 +10 32
I. Zubac 14 7 2 6/7 0/0 2/2 5 26 0 0 3 0 7 +10 22
S. Gilgeous-Alexander 12 5 3 4/7 1/1 3/3 1 21 1 0 4 2 3 +1 20
P. Beverley 11 5 6 4/8 2/3 1/1 2 31 0 1 1 1 4 +10 28
L. Shamet 11 2 5 4/6 3/5 0/0 3 24 1 0 2 0 2 +10 22
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
L. Williams 34 4 5 14/20 2/6 4/4 2 23 0 0 3 1 3 +28 45
M. Harrell 20 6 2 8/12 0/0 4/5 3 21 1 0 2 4 2 +15 29
S. Thornwell 5 1 0 1/1 1/1 2/3 0 4 0 0 0 0 1 0 6
J. Green 4 7 0 2/6 0/3 0/0 4 16 0 0 1 2 5 +15 10
W. Chandler 2 2 1 1/2 0/1 0/0 0 9 0 0 0 0 2 +9 6
G. Temple 2 1 2 0/4 0/3 2/4 3 24 1 0 1 0 1 +14 7
T. Wallace 0 2 1 0/1 0/0 0/0 2 9 0 0 0 0 2 +3 4
L. Mbah a Moute - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Motley - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Delgado - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Robinson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 140 47 29 53/86 13/28 21/25 26 235 4 1 19 10 37 +125 231