NBA Game Summary - Minnesota at LA Clippers
(Wednesday, April 10th)
Final Score: LA Clippers 111, Minnesota 95
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Blake Griffin and Chris Paul paced seven
teammates in double figures with 19 points apiece as the Los Angeles Clippers
downed the Minnesota Timberwolves, 111-95, at Staples Center.
Paul also dished out 11 assists for the Clippers, who have already clinched
their first-ever Pacific Division crown and remain two games back of Denver
for the third seed in the Western Conference. Willie Green connected on all
three of his 3-point attempts for 15 points, while Matt Barnes (14 points),
Jamal Crawford (11 points) and Lamar Odom (13 rebounds) were impressive off
DeAndre Jordan and Caron Butler each netted 10 points for the hosts.
"Our tempo was good tonight," Paul said. "We played fast. We made them miss
and then we pushed the ball up the court. We try to tire teams out."
Nikola Pekovic led all scorers with 20 points for Minnesota, which has lost
back-to-back games. Derrick Williams tallied a double-double with 13 points
and 10 rebounds, Alexey Shved and J.J. Barea poured in 12 points apiece, and
Luke Ridnour chipped in 11 points in the losing effort.
The Clippers outscored the Timberwolves by six points in both the first and
second quarters, as they carried a 58-46 lead into intermission. Los Angeles
shot just shy of 55 percent from the field in the first half while holding
Minnesota to only 32.6 percent shooting.
Griffin scored 17 of his 19 points in the first half, doing so on 8-of-11 from
Minnesota came out of the locker room firing with a 20-11 run to make its
deficit just three midway through the third quarter, but Los Angeles recovered
and finished the frame holding a comfortable 88-72 advantage.
The Clippers' lead never dipped below 13 in the fourth quarter.
"We just didn't have enough tonight," Minnesota head coach Rick Adelman said.
"They made a lot of shots in the third quarter and we ran out of gas. They
were the aggressors."
The Clippers earned their franchise-record 31st home win this season ...
Chauncey Billups (groin) missed his sixth consecutive game ... Los Angeles
completed the season sweep of Minnesota and has beaten the Timberwolves in
five straight overall ... Griffin added eight rebounds and seven assists in
the triumph ... The Clippers won despite losing the turnover battle, 20-9.
04/11 01:35:08 ET
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