They were the most lethal weapon the Clippers had in this first-round playoff series, the dynamic duo of Lou Williams and Montrezl Harrell that Golden State couldn’t contain until the moment of truth in Game 6.
Williams and Harrell combined for 18 points on seven for 28 from the field in the deciding game. The output was their lowest of the series.
They had led the Clippers in scoring in the best-of-seven series, with Williams (24.2) leading the way and Harrell (20.0) being the second best.
But Williams’ shot betrayed him in the sixth game, his three-for-21 shooting and 0 for 3 on three-pointers a painful night that saw the Clippers get eliminated from the postseason, 129-110 on Friday night at Staples Center.
“It was unfortunate I couldn’t give our fan base the performances that I was giving on the road,” Williams said. “But it happens in a game. I live and die with the shots that I take. Tonight was especially tough because it was deciding game. I wished I would have played better, but I’ll go to sleep tonight happy with the shots that I took and missed.”
And Williams just missed shots, his floaters, runners, leaners, jumpers.
“Give them credit,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. “They game-planned well. We got them out of the box a couple of times in the series, but I thought they did an extremely good job. Basically whenever Lou came in, Iguodala came in. They trapped him more.
“I thought what we did smart in the last game was we made Lou a playmaker first and then a scorer. I thought Lou came in to score tonight and it kind of in some ways played in their hands. I think the credit goes to their defense.”
The Warriors crowded Harrell in the paint, limiting him to three-for-eight shooting.
Williams even lost his cool, getting hit with a technical foul with 6 minutes 50 seconds left, putting the Clippers in a 113-95 hole after Stephen Curry made the free throw.
In Game 5, Williams and Harrell combined for 28 points by the half.
But in Game 6, Williams and Harrell combined for just 10 points on a combined three-for-12 in the first half. Harrell was in foul trouble, picking up three that limited him to 9 minutes 34 seconds of action.
They had combined for 57 points in Game 5, pushing the Clippers to a victory at Oracle Arena and keeping them alive.
“Give them credit,” Harrell said. “They executed. They won.”
Clippers’ Montrezl Harrell, right, is hugged by teamate Jerome Robinson after they were eliminated by Warriors in Game 6 of the NBA playoffs at Staples Center.(Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
Clippers’ Shai Gilgeous-Alexander has his shot blocked by Warriors’ Klay Thompson.(Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
Clippers’ Montrezl Harrell is called for a foul as he charges into Warriors’ Alfonzo McKinnie, right, as Andre Iguodala helps on defense.(Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
Warriors’ Draymond Green drives past Danilo Gallinari, Patrick Beverly and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander to score a basket.(Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
Warriors head coach Steve Kerr shakes hands with Montrezl Harrell.(Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
Warriors’ Kevin Durant makes a three-pointer over Clippers’ JaMychal Green.(Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
Clippers’ Lou Williams has his shot blocked.(Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
Warriors’ Stephen Curry loses the ball as Clippers Patrick Beverly, right, and Danilo Gallinari defend.(Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
Clippers’ Patrick Beverly, left, is hugged by Warriors’ Kevin Durant.(Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
Clippers’ Danilo Gallinari is fouled by Warriors’ Kevin Durant while driving to the basket.(Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)