LOS ANGELES (AFP) - Lou Williams scored 25 points from the bench as the Los Angeles Clippers upset the league-leading Golden State Warriors 121-116 in a wild overtime thriller at the Staples Center on Monday.
Williams reeled off 10 of his points in overtime to secure victory after the Clippers squandered a 14-point fourth quarter lead before digging in for the win.
The 32-year-old veteran was supported by 23 points from the bench by Montrezl Harrell as the Clippers improved to 8-5 in the Western Conference standings.
The Warriors remain on top of the West after suffering only their third loss of the season. The NBA champions are 11-3 following the defeat.
Kevin Durant led the scoring with 33 points while Klay Thompson had 31, including five three-pointers.
The Warriors had trailed for much of the game, and appeared to be sliding toward a loss before a determined fourth quarter rally transformed the contest.
A Williams three-pointer had put the Clippers ahead by 101-87 with 6 minutes remaining before the Warriors came roaring back.
Thompson tied the game at 106-106 with 1:27 left on the clock but neither side were able to take a decisive advantage, sending the game into overtime.
Williams then took over with 10 points as the Clippers completed a morale-boosting victory.
Earlier Monday, the Warriors’ loss was mirrored by a defeat for their Eastern Conference counterparts, the Toronto Raptors.
The Raptors suffered only their second defeat of the season in a 126-110 loss to the New Orleans Pelicans in Toronto.
Anthony Davis had 25 points and 20 rebounds to lead a superb all-round offensive performance from the Pelicans, who saw four starters crack double digits.
New Orleans improved to 7-6 with the win, which was another sign the Pelicans are back on track after a six-game losing streak which jolted their early season progress.
The Pelicans have now won three straight to move up in the Western Conference standings.
Davis said New Orleans had been determined to send a message after their six-game slump.
“We just had to get back to it,” Davis said. “We lost five in a row on the road and we’re a better road team than that.
The Pelicans defense successfully kept Toronto’s dangermen in check, with Kawhi Leonard and Pascal Siakam restricted to 20 and 22 points, respectively.