Griffin registered his 15th consecutive double-double with 29 points and 12 rebounds as the Clippers held on for a 100-99 victory at Chicago on Saturday.
“We’re definitely improving, that’s evident,” said Griffin, averaging 24.3 points and 13.8 boards during his double-double run. “I was just being aggressive. Thankfully I hit some shots early and it got me going.”
Griffin scored 26 points and pulled down 17 rebounds against the Timberwolves Nov. 17, but it wasn’t enough thanks to Michael Beasley(notes). The Minnesota forward scored 33 points and hit the winning shot with 2.3 seconds to go in a 113-111 home victory.
Griffin has 21 double-doubles, second in the NBA behind Love’s 23.
Love is coming off a spectacular effort, scoring 43 points and going 5 of 5 from 3-point range while grabbing 17 rebounds in a 115-113 loss to Denver on Saturday. His 14th consecutive double-double came in Minnesota’s 11th straight road defeat.
The Timberwolves (6-22) lost by average of 16.3 points in their first 13 road losses but kept the three most recent away games close, falling by a total of 13.
“It is getting frustrating, but we stay hungry because we are young and we have veteran guys who have come from winning situations and they aren’t giving up on this team,” Love said. “We’re trying to get better in the here and now, but we’re also looking to the future, on growing together and becoming a good team.”
The Timberwolves rank near the bottom of league in points allowed with 109.9 and are also near the bottom with 112.6 given up on the road. Minnesota has gone 1-28 in its last 29 away from home.
Beasley scored 17 points versus Denver but shot 7 of 18.
The Timberwolves are on the verge of matching their season-high 12-game road losing streak of 2009-10.
Los Angeles beat Detroit 109-88 on Friday for its first road win of the season, and the Bulls’ Derrick Rose(notes) missed the second of two free throws with 0.8 remaining the next day. That gave the Clippers back-to-back away victories for the first time since Nov. 27-Dec. 16, 2009.
The Clippers have averaged 84.7 points during a three-game losing streak at Staples Center, but have scored 109.3 in their last three meetings with the Timberwolves.
Los Angeles had lost four of five home meetings with Minnesota before taking the last two.