NBA: Williams scores 50, Durant reaches milestone in loss

OAKLAND, CA - JANUARY 10: Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors reached the 20,000 career points in the team's loss to Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesay at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California, becoming the 44th player in the NBA history to do so. AFP

LOS ANGELES, United States — Lou Williams scored a career-high 50 points as the Los Angeles Clippers spoiled a milestone night for Kevin Durant with a 125-106 victory on Wednesday.

Durant became the 44th player in league history to score 20,000 career points, reaching the achievement with a pull-up jump shot late in the second quarter.

NBA finals MVP Durant needed 25 points to get to 20,000 and that is the number he finished on at the end of the first half. At age 29 he is the second youngest to do it behind LeBron James.

“He is one of the all-time greats,” said Warriors coach Steve Kerr of Durant, who finished with 40 points. “There is going to be another one (milestone) in a month.

“He’s Kevin Durant. The second youngest to do it … Who is the youngest? LeBron, not bad company.”

Williams tallied 27 of his 50 points in the third quarter for the visiting Clippers who beat Golden State for the first time in more than three years.

Williams also had eight three pointers and seven assists and rookie Tyrone Wallace came off the bench to score a season-high 22 points.

“It was hard to stop him,” Durant said of Williams. “His pull-up three is a cash shot. We were too loose on him and let him go where ever he wanted.”