LOS ANGELES — With 9.1 seconds remaining in the the game, C.J. Williams connected on a three-pointer to get the banged-up Clippers the win over the visiting Atlanta Hawks. Taurean Prince missed a shot with time running out to seal the victory.
“I’ve made that shot before,” Williams started to explain after the game. “Just a rhythm dribble to my left, and once we got that offensive rebound, I felt the momentum and the excitement of the moment and so I wanted to take the three. I got into my rhythm dribble and shot it, and I shot it with confidence. As soon as I let it go I knew it was good.”
Williams finished 15 points, connecting on three-of-four from beyond the arc.
Williams is currently on a two-way contract with the team, having spent the majority of his playing time with the Agua Caliente Clippers of Ontario.
“I think his confidence has grown offensively,” Doc Rivers said. “I think C.J. [Williams] was an NBA player when he walked on our team. He definitely plays defense and does all the little things. As the season has gone on, and his work with our staff, you can see that his offense is now coming around too, and it has been pretty special to watch.”
DeAndre Jordan led the way overall with 25 points and 18 rebounds. Atlanta continued to foul him in the final minutes of the game to send the poor-shooting big man to the free-throw line. Jordan connected on five-of-six, though, to help bring the Clippers within a point.
“I thought Deandre Jordan also was a silent hero,” Rivers added. “They intentionally fouled him and he made them he was three for four. I thought those were baskets that we made without the clock ticking, so that allowed us to get back in the game. There were a lot of good things that happened tonight.”
Lou Williams finished with 34 points in over 40 minutes of action. Known for being the spark off the bench, Williams has now started eight games for the Clippers, averaging 23.5 points and 5.5 assists per.
The Clippers managed to hold the Hawks to just 39 percent shooting from the field, including just 27 percent from beyond the arc.
“We make crazy mistakes at times and with this group you just have to laugh it off and go to the next play, but just keep playing hard, and I think our guys are doing that,” Rivers said
The Clippers head up to the Bay Area to face the Golden State Warriors in Oakland Wednesday night.