Chris Paul scored 20 points and registered 11 assists, 6 rebounds and 4 steals in an impressive all-around performance to lead the Los Angeles Clippers to a close victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves, 102-98. The Clippers shot lights out, finishing 40-81 (49.4%) from the field, including 12-24 (50.0%) from beyond the arc. This is the 7th win for Los Angeles (8-4) in its last 10 games.
Paul finished 8-16 from the field, including 2-5 on 3-point attempts. Other key players for Los Angeles included Blake Griffin with 20 points and 10 rebounds, and J.J. Redick with 15 points and 5 assists. Kevin Martin had another strong game for Minnesota in the loss, putting up 28 points on 11-21 shooting, including 3-4 from behind the arc. He also recorded 10 rebounds. Nikola Pekovic chipped in 20 points and 7 rebounds and Kevin Love finished with 10 points and 12 rebounds.
Along with their eFG% of 56.8%, the Clippers connected at a rate of 50.0% from 3-point range. On the season, they are undefeated (3-0) when they record marks above 55% and 40% in those respective categories. Conversely, the Timberwolves are 0-1 when allowing their opponents to reach those percentages.
This drops Minnesota (7-6) to 0-2 against Los Angeles on the year.
Coming up next, the Clippers play the Oklahoma City Thunder, who are 7-3 on the year. The Timberwolves go up against the Brooklyn Nets, currently 3-8 this season. The Clippers have a 1-0 record against Oklahoma City this season.