Lou Williams Scores 44, Highest By Laker Other Than Kobe
Lakers reserve guard Lou Williams torched the OKC Thunder for a career-high 44 points on Friday night (Jan. 8), though Los Angeles would ultimately lose 117-113.
The 27-year-old's 44-point performance marked the most by any Laker not named Kobe Bryant since Shaquille O'Neal scored 48 points against the Boston Celtics on March 21, 2003.
"I think down the stretch, I made one, two, hit some free throws, things kind of snowballed from there," Williams said after the game, where he went 12 of 25 from the field, including 5 of 14 from 3-point range and 15 free throws.
Drawing fouls is a big part of his game, apparently.
In the post game interview, Williams explained that he tore the ACL in his right knee in 2013, ending his season with the Atlanta Hawks... and ultimately his game. He couldn't play above the rim anymore, as he once desired, so he learned to draw fouls and get to the line.
"I wasn't scoring as consistently from making shots, so I wanted to create a different way... I started learning how to draw fouls and how to create contact and use my reputation as a scorer to bait guys in to get those fouls," Williams said. "That's been one of the things that I've been able to bring."