LOS ANGELES (AP) — Lou Williams scored a season-high 30 points in his first start of the season, and the Los Angeles Clippers defeated Cleveland 128-111 yesterday, sending the Cavaliers to their seventh straight loss.
The three-time Sixth Man of the Year added a season-high 10 assists and made all eight of his free throws on a night when the Clippers were without Kawhi Leonard and Paul George. Leonard has a lower left leg contusion and Paul is dealing with bone swelling in his right toe.
Williams has been on a roll, scoring 20-plus points in three of his last four games.
“He had to get his rhythm and his legs under him,” teammate Patrick Beverley said. “He’s been in the league since high school, so he’s got some miles on him. We’re happy those legs are on him now. He’s been dangerous.”
Marcus Morris had a season-best 23 points off the bench for the Clippers, who have won three in a row and seven of 10. Serge Ibaka finished with 21 points, nine rebounds and six assists.
Collin Sexton scored 23 points for the short-handed Cavs. Darius Garland and reserve Cedi Osman each scored 20 points.
Cleveland have dropped nine of 11. The Clippers got the rout going in the third when they scored 36 points after notching 38 in the second. Beverley and Williams combined to score their first 14 points, including eight in a row, for an 84-60 lead. Reggie Jackson’s three-point play provided the Clippers’ largest lead of 28 points.
“It started at the end of the second,” Cavs coach JB Bickerstaff said. “It was a six-point game and we had some costly decision-making errors. It went up to 12 at halftime. They got momentum and confidence and put the game out of reach.”
The Cavs never made a run in the fourth. Their only lead came in the first when they opened the game on a 7-2 spurt.