Blake Griffin put up 32 points and recorded 10 rebounds to lead the Los Angeles Clippers to a close victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves, 120-116. This is the fifth consecutive win for Los Angeles (20-9).
Griffin finished 11-20 and converted 10-11 from the free throw line. Other top contributors for Los Angeles included Jamal Crawford with 22 points and 5 assists, and Chris Paul with 19 points and 13 assists. Kevin Love had another big game for Minnesota despite the loss, putting up 45 points on 15-23 shooting (2-6 on 3-point attempts), in addition to going 13-15 from the free throw line. He also added 19 rebounds and 6 assists. Nikola Pekovic contributed 34 points and 14 rebounds and Kevin Martin finished with 16 points and 7 rebounds.
In a battle of strength versus strength, the high-octane offense of Los Angeles (ranked third in the NBA in offensive efficiency) emerged victorious over the defense of Minnesota (ranked fifth in defensive efficiency), scoring 1.11 points per possession.
Minnesota (13-15) has now dropped three consecutive games versus Los Angeles.
Coming up next, the Clippers battle the Golden State Warriors, who are 15-13 on the year. The Timberwolves match up against the Washington Wizards, currently 12-13 this season. The Clippers have a 1-0 record against Golden State this season. The Timberwolves are 0-1 versus Washington this season.
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