Clippers rally from 25 down, beat Pistons 111-101
DETROIT (AP) — Lou Williams scored 16 Los Angeles points in a row during a torrid fourth-quarter stretch, and the Clippers rallied from a 25-point deficit to beat the Detroit Pistons 111-101 on Saturday night.
The Clippers trailed by 25 in the second quarter and were down 83-60 in the third before storming back to tie the game at 89 in the fourth. It was 91-all before Williams scored every Los Angeles point during a decisive run that put the Clippers up 107-96.
The Pistons led 40-22 after a first quarter in which they made eight 3-pointers. Los Angeles took three timeouts in the game’s first 5:25, but that didn’t do much to stem the tide.
Detroit led 65-47 at halftime. It was still a comfortable margin until the very end of the third, when the Clippers — who were starting a six-game road trip — began to make a game of it.
Williams made a pair of 3-pointers during his 16-point run in the fourth. Detroit scored only 14 points in the final period.
Pistons: Detroit finished 17 of 42 from 3-point range, going 6 of 22 in the second half.
The Clippers’ reserves came in averaging a league-best 51.3 points per game, and they outscored Detroit’s bench 80-17. The Pistons’ starters outscored their Los Angeles counterparts 84-31, but it wasn’t enough.
Clippers: Visit Toronto on Sunday.
Pistons: Host Denver on Monday night.