Clippers’ Lou Williams in exclusive company with triple-double off the bench

first_imgSign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.He’s also just the second player to record one after playing 900 games — Friday was Williams’ 904th NBA contest; Zach Randolph’s triple-double came in his 974th.Personally, the 10 rebounds matched Williams’ career best, a high recorded twice previously in the 2009-10 season when he played for the Philadelphia 76ers. He’s now recorded 10 or more assists eight times in his career, including three other times this season, and is leading the Clippers in assists with five per game.“He just made terrific passes all night,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers told reporters in Chicago. “Lou is one guy that when you trap him, he has no problem passing the ball. I think he’s been covered by so many defenses, it’s not that hard for him.”Also, for the record, two of Williams’ points Friday came on his first dunk this season. He flew in for a right-handed slam with 3:37 left in the third quarter, bringing the Clippers to within 78-69 and sparking an 11-4 run entering the fourth.‘HE HAS A CANNON’“I want to shout out Jerome Robinson,” Tobias Harris told the media after Friday’s victory.  “Last two games, he’s been really big for us, just making shots and getting in an open area and giving us that added shooter out there on the floor.”The rookie guard has scored eight points in each of the Clippers’ past two games, hitting a pair of 3-pointers in each, including a couple timely second-half 3-balls in Chicago.“He’s been big for us,” Harris said. “I thought he was a big part of this game. He had two 3’s, but they were big 3’s for us. He’s got to keep on going, keep rolling.”Related Articles Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Entering Sunday’s 12:30 p.m. home game against Sacramento, Robinson appears to have set course to do that: Over the past five games since returning from his assignment with the Agua Caliente Clippers, he’s scored 23 points, showing no hesitation in shooting 9 for 18 from the floor and 5 of 11 from deep in 56 minutes of work.The Clippers drafted Robinson 13th overall, impressed with his offensive acumen in three years at Boston College, including a junior season in which he averaged 20.7 points per game and shot nearly 41 percent from 3-point range. In 13 appearances with the L.A. Clippers, the 21-year-old from Raleigh, N.C., is shooting 50 percent from the field and from distance.“He’s a confident player,” Rivers said. “We’ve worked on that confidence, but it’s here now. It’s good to see it. Early in the season or in camp, we were yelling at him to shoot. Now he’s shooting, and that’s what he should do. He has a cannon. He should shoot it every time.” Lou Williams posted a smiling photo of himself on Instagram on Friday night with the caption: “Wouldn’t swap shoes with a soul.”In his typically elegant manner, the Clippers’ star reserve produced a singular stat line, recording his first career triple-double and just the 32nd triple-double off the bench in NBA history, according to basketball-reference.com.His 31 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists lifted the Clippers (27-22) to a 106-101 victory over the Chicago Bulls, and their third win in the fourth and final game of their road trip.It also added Williams — twice a Sixth Man of the Year awardee — to a few pages of the ever-evolving NBA record books. What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 center_img Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates Not only did the 6-foot-1 guard become the only player in league history beside Detlef Schrempf (who had three bench triple-doubles) to record a 30-point triple-double as a reserve, but at 32 years and 90 days, Williams became the third-oldest player to do it. For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory last_img read more