Dynamic bench duo Lou Williams and Montrezl Harrell starred as the Los Angeles Clippers scored a famous road win over the Golden State Warriors in Game 5 of their playoff series.
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Wednesday night's playoff scores
- Utah Jazz 93-100 Houston Rockets - Rockets win series 4-1
- Los Angeles Clippers 129-121 Golden State Warriors - Warriors lead 3-2
As they have done so many times this season, Williams and Harrell came off the bench to make impactful contributions to power their team to victory. The Clippers, knowing a Game 5 loss would end their season, battled to a 129-121 win at Oracle Arena to send the first-round series back to Los Angeles for Game 6.
Williams, the consensus favourite to win the NBA Sixth Man of the Year award, erupted for 33 points on 12-of-19 shooting and found time to hand out 10 assists too.
His bench partner Harrell, a contender for the league's Most Improved Player award, played his part by making 11 of his 14 shots for 24 points.
The pair combined to good effect with 9:20 remaining in the fourth quarter. Williams dribbled inside the three-point line before executing a hesitation move that wrongfooted Warriors defender Kevin Durant. The Clippers guard then attacked the hoop where Golden State center Andrew Bogut moved over to help.
That left Harrell open in the lane and Williams delivered the ball to him perfectly with a flip pass. Harrell gathered the ball and rocked the rim with an emphatic two-handed slam to extend the Clippers lead to 10 points.
Although the Warriors would erase that advantage and take a one-point lead with 2:32 left in the game, Williams answered with a three-pointer, a floating bank shot and a fadeaway jumper to seal the win for the Clippers.
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Speaking after the victory, Williams, when asked about the origin of the Clippers' tenacity, said: "It's a little mix of arrogance and hard work. We have a lot of young guys and a lot of veterans - guys that want to prove their names. We were written off earlier in the year. People were saying we weren't a good team.
"We took those things, digested them and tried to make as much as we could out of it. That has shown in this series.
"Now we've got to protect our home floor [in Game 6]. We've got to get one at home."
Click the video at the top of the page to watch Williams and Harrell combine for a powerful dunk, then click the clip directly above to see more top plays from Wednesday night's playoff action, including a huge Harrell rejection.