NBA Game Summary - Minnesota at LA Clippers
(Saturday, December 4th)
Final Score: Minnesota 107, LA Clippers 100 (OT)
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Sam Cassell scored eight of his season-high 30 points in overtime as Minnesota stopped the Los Angeles Clippers' five-game win streak with a 107-100 victory at the Staples Center.
Kevin Garnett compiled 22 points and 15 rebounds, while Eddie Griffin finished with 13 points and 11 boards as the Timberwolves recorded their fifth win in a row.
Cassell made good on 11-of-18 shots, including 4-of-8 from three-point range.
Corey Maggette tied a career-best with 34 points and pulled down nine rebounds for the Clippers, who were attempting to win six straight for the first time in a dozen years. Bobby Simmons chipped in 15 points in the loss.
After the teams traded baskets to start the extra session, Cassell put Minnesota up 96-94 with a jumper at the 2:34 mark. A made free throw by Simmons on the ensuing possession got the Clippers to within one, but Griffin buried a three-pointer with 1:51 to play for a four-point cushion.
A steal and coast-to-coast layup by Cassell with just under a minute left in overtime pushed Minnesota's advantage to 101-96 and Latrell Sprewell followed with a jumper to seal the win.
"One thing about Sam is that he's not afraid to take big shots," said Timberwolves head coach Flip Saunders. "He's very good in the fourth quarter, that's when he's getting his rhythm down."
Garnett sent the game into overtime with a turnaround jump shot with 26 seconds remaining in regulation that tied the score at 92-92. The shot came after LA's Rick Brunson hit just one of two free-throw attempts after being fouled with 47 seconds on the clock and the Clippers holding a one-point lead.
Los Angeles trailed 76-69 early in the fourth quarter but embarked on an 8-0 run to forge ahead on Mikki Moore's tip-in with 8:25 left.
The game remained tight down the stretch, with a Cassell trey putting the T- Wolves ahead 92-90 with 2:14 remaining and Simmons hitting a basket on the following end to pull the Clippers back even. Minnesota then missed its next two shots, and Simmons and Brunson were fouled in the final stages. However, both missed crucial shots from the line to set the stage for Garnett's key bucket.
The Timberwolves were down 15-14 early on but took an eight-point lead on three consecutive three-pointers, including two by Cassell, with three minutes left in the first quarter.
Minnesota remained ahead by 10 points, 32-22, at the conclusion of the opening period, but the Clippers outscored the Timberwolves 12-5 to start the second. Marko Jaric capped the run with a basket from beyond the arc as Los Angeles pulled within 37-34 with 7:22 to go before intermission.
Minnesota closed out the half with a 6-1 flurry, which ended with Garnett's bucket near the buzzer, to go up 49-42 at the break.
The Clippers last won six in a row from March 18-31, 1992...Minnesota has taken the last seven meetings with Los Angeles...Simmons recorded his 13th straight double-figure scoring effort...The Timberwolves improved to 7-3 on the road this year.
12/05 02:06:19 ET