NBA: Durant becomes 2nd-youngest to 20K points

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Posted at Jan 11 2018 01:19 PM | Updated as of Jan 11 2018 03:39 PM

Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) high-fives fans leaving the court during halftime after scoring his 20,000th career point against the Los Angeles Clippers at Oracle Arena. Kyle Terada, USA TODAY Sports/Reuters

(UPDATED) Kevin Durant became the second-youngest player in NBA history to reach 20,000 career points during the Golden State Warriors' game against the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday at Oakland, California.

Durant reached 20,000 when he knocked down a 22-footer from the left wing with 1:41 remaining in the first half. Durant hit the milestone at 29 years, 103 days old, with only LeBron James (28 years, 17 days) reaching the mark quicker.

Durant is the 44th player in NBA history to hit the milestone. He scored 25 points on 9-of-10 shooting in the half as Golden State led, 62-58, at the break.

However, Lou Williams scored a career-best 50 points and added seven assists as the Clippers rallied to spoil a milestone night for Durant, dispatching the Warriors, 125-106.

Williams scored 27 points in the third quarter -- the most by any NBA player in any quarter this season -- to help the Clippers snap a 12-game, head-to-head losing streak againstthe Warriors. The Golden State standout scored a season-high 40 points on 14-of-18 shooting to become the second-youngest player in NBA history to reach 20,000 career points.

Williams shot 16 of 27 from the floor and made 8 of 16 3-point attempts while notching his third 40-point outing of the season. Rookie Tyrone Wallace scored 22 points in his third NBA game for the Clippers, who were without forward Blake Griffin (concussion) for the second consecutive game.

Durant (calf) returned from a three-game absence to carry the load with point guard Stephen Curry (ankle) and shooting guard Klay Thompson (rest) out of the Golden State lineup. He was 6 of 7 from 3-point range but couldn't prevent the end of a five-game winning streak for Golden State, which is an NBA-best 33-9.

Williams fueled the Clippers' 39-point third quarter as they took a 97-90 lead into the final stanza. Los Angeles trailed by nine just prior to the midway point of the third quarter but rattled off 13 consecutive points to take an 85-81 edge on Williams' basket with 3:55 remaining.

Williams scored 18 consecutive Los Angeles points and ended his splurge with a 3-pointer with 4.2 seconds left in the period.

"Third quarter I had a great stretch," Williams said during a postgame interview on ESPN. "I had a couple of 15-foot jumpers, rhythm shots. Scorers, when we get shots like that, the basket feels extremely big. Tonight it was a good night for me and I was able to make shots."

The momentum continued in the fourth quarter as Los Angeles opened with a 14-2 push to take a 111-92 advantage with 6:17 remaining. Williams reached a high for points when he buried a 3-pointer to make it 122-102 with 2:36 left and later knocked down another 3-pointer to increase his total to 50.

Curry sprained his right ankle during the late-morning shootaround, and the Warriors opted to hold him out.

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