Williams Takes The Fourth

Lou Williams scored the Sixers' final nine points in their 95-90 win over the Lakers. (H. Rumph Jr./AP)

He’s done it too many times and one can only surmise that Lou Williams’ fourth quarter heroics have become a welcome pattern.

Williams doesn’t always pull out games in the final period, but on Monday he clearly did.

He scored 14 fourth quarter points while taking only seven shots in the Sixers 95-90 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers before an exuberant and sold-out Wells Fargo Center crowd.

Williams shot 4 for 7 in the fourth quarter, 2 of 4 from beyond the arc and he hit all four free throws. For good measure, he threw in a rebound and an assist in the quarter.

Earlier in the day, Kobe Bryant talked about how the Lakers were a truly old team. He joked that it took them an hour to get warmed up just during a shootaround.

For some reason, Williams continues to make many teams old in the fourth quarter. Some players just enjoy performing in the most pressure-packed situations and Williams certainly fits this category.

“That’s the quarter when you win, that’s where you make it happen,” said Williams, who finished with 24 points. 

Williams says playing well in the fourth quarter is something he has been doing, well ever since he started playing basketball.

This season Williams has scored 10 or more points in the fourth quarter six times after doing so on 10 occasions last year.

The most positive part about Williams' game is that he has become more consistent. Only three times this season has he failed to score in double figures.

He’s averaging a team-high 15.5 points and more than the statistics is the reputation he’s earning as a player who does his best work in the game's final 12 minutes.