Kaman had 23 points and 10 rebounds, while Camby had 10 points, 18 rebounds, six assists and five blocks to lead the Clippers to a 120-95 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday night.
“It’s kind of like a quarterback and a wide receiver,” Clippers coach Mike Dunleavy said. “I don’t know how long it takes guys to get chemistry, but Baron and Kaman are starting to develop a chemistry to where they play. Their pick-and-roll play where Baron is delivering the ball to Kaman in the right places and he’s making shots because he’s getting the ball in rhythm, where he shoots the ball from.”
Kaman and Davis played only 28 games together last season because of injury, including just 14 in the final five months of the season. They have already played 24 together this year. Camby also missed 20 games last season.
“Last year I loved it at the beginning of the year being on the floor the same time as Marcus,” said Kaman, who has four double-doubles in his last five games. “But then I got hurt and I wasn’t able to finish the season at all really.”
The Timberwolves allowed the Clippers to shoot 52 percent from the field and basically do whatever they wanted on the offensive end.
“This was a big step backward in my mind,” Wolves coach Kurt Rambis said.
The Timberwolves shot 54 percent in the first quarter, but just 33 percent the rest of the way in a disappointing performance coming off an inspiring win at Utah on Monday. Rookie point guard Jonny Flynn’s(notes) layup lifted the Wolves to a 110-108 victory over the Jazz.
But they followed it up with a lackluster effort on both ends of the floor Wednesday night. After scoring 28 points against the Jazz, Flynn managed just nine on 3-for-12 shooting.
The Clippers entered the night having played only eight games away from home all season. That’s fewer than every team except the Lakers. They are going to start catching up now, having started a six-game road trip in chilly Minneapolis the right way.
“All around, we’ve been playing better,” Kaman said. “Guys have been playing better, shooting the ball better and just playing better as a team. Guys are getting more comfortable playing with each other and it’s been good so far.”
The Clippers took control midway through the second quarter when Gordon, their leading scorer, went to the bench for a rest. Butler made three 3-pointers and the Clippers went on a 19-2 run in less than five minutes.
The Timberwolves missed nine straight shots during that stretch and didn’t make a field goal for almost seven minutes, but were even worse on defense. After Craig Smith’s(notes) easy layup gave Los Angeles a 46-39 lead, Rambis called timeout and screamed at his team to play better defense.
It didn’t help.
“Our defense was abysmal tonight,” Rambis said.
Los Angeles added another 11-0 spurt in the third quarter and broke the game wide open with a 9-0 run early in the fourth for a 20-point lead.
“We just looked out of gas,” Love said. “We looked like our foot was set in stone. Slow as molasses, you could say.”
NOTES: Former Timberwolves F Craig Smith got a nice ovation when he entered for the Clippers in the first quarter. It was his first game back since being traded this summer. … Timberwolves F Ryan Gomes(notes) missed his second straight game with a high left ankle sprain. He is day to day. … Clippers PG Sebastian Telfair(notes) had a nasty fall in the second quarter and bruised his right hip but did return to play.