January 15 Philadelphia Inquirer:
“Lou Williams went from extremes, at times shooting over the shortest player in the NBA and at others having to navigate around 6-foot-6 John Salmons.
His big shot over the bigger defender was the difference in the 76ers‘ 95-94 win over the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday night at the Wells Fargo Center.
Williams drilled a three-pointer with 43.8 seconds remaining to give the Sixers the 95-94 lead. He finished with a game-high 25 points, many scored against 5-foot-5 spark plug Earl Boykins. But the crucial basket came against Salmons, the former Sixer and Plymouth Whitemarsh High graduate.
“It’s tough – you go from one extreme to the other,” Williams said. “You go from Earl Boykins to Johnny Salmons, and you’re trying to find a rhythm mid-game and make adjustments.”
He said up until his big shot, he wasn’t doing a good job of adjusting to Salmons, a solid defender.
“Johnny was playing very good defense and wasn’t allowing me to get into the lane, so it was the only shot I had,” Williams said.
Friday night’s hero almost became the goat. After Salmons missed a jumper, Williams turned the ball over with 12.1 seconds remaining.
“The ball just slipped out of my hands,” he said.
The game almost slipped away as well.
On the final possession, the Bucks’ Corey Maggette took Andre Iguodala to the basket. Iguodala deflected the ball as Maggette was driving. Maggette got it back and kicked it out to Boykins, who missed an open, corner three-pointer at the buzzer.
“Iguodala kind of got his hand on it,” Maggette said. “Still, I fought for the ball, and Earl had a decent shot.”
For Iguodala, the defensive stop ended a stellar game, his second since missing seven with right Achilles tendinitis. He collected 15 points, 7 assists, and 6 rebounds.
“I didn’t want to foul,” Iguodala said. “The ball went in front of my face, and I happened to get a hand on it.”
He looked forward to the defensive challenge.
“I was hoping they would come after me,” Iguodala said.”
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