MINNEAPOLIS—Paul George had 32 points and 8 assists, and Reggie Jackson scored a season-high 29 points arsenic the Los Angeles Clippers bushed the Minnesota Timberwolves 126-115 connected Wednesday night.
George changeable 11 of 18, including 4 of 8 from agelong distance, arsenic Los Angeles had its champion shooting nighttime of the play and won its 2nd consecutive game. The Clippers changeable 60.3% from the tract and made a season-high 21 3-pointers connected 36 attempts.
Nicholas Batum added 20 points and Terance Mann had a season-high 17 points disconnected the bench, including a career-best 3 3s.
“You don’t person a choice, we got to commencement winning games,” George said. “We got to commencement getting immoderate momentum. At immoderate point, things person to alteration for us. We’re not a young team. We’re not a squad that’s, you know, let’s conscionable hold for guys to travel back. The clip is present for us.”
Anthony Edwards scored 29 points for Minnesota, which has mislaid 4 of five. Karl-Anthony Towns finished with 18 points and 11 rebounds. The Timberwolves were without D’Angelo Russell, who was sidelined with a close ankle sprain.
“Just not into the ball, not carnal enough,” Minnesota manager Chris Finch said. “Started with the opening of the 3rd 4th and we noticed conscionable a lax attack there. Shot contests were not up to par. Then they got hot. That’s what they do.”
The Timberwolves besides had 1 of their amended shooting nights overall, finishing astatine 45.7% and going 14 for 40 from beyond the arc successful the archetypal of 2 consecutive games betwixt the teams.
“You tin accidental it’s a agleam spot, but there’s nary agleam spot successful a loss,” Towns said of the team’s shooting. “We’re 3-4 successful the season. I’d beryllium remiss to accidental I deliberation we should beryllium astir 6-1, 7-0. There’s things that we caused. That’s wherefore we lost. … They conscionable had that night, but our defence has kept america to not having immoderate 1 of those nights.”
Two of the worst shooting teams successful the league traded blows for 3 quarters earlier Los Angeles took power precocious successful the third.
The Clippers entered the crippled shooting 41.3% from the tract this season, 26th successful the league. Minnesota was close down astatine 41.1%, tied with Oklahoma City. Only Dallas and Detroit person been worse.
Towns gave the Wolves a 70-68 pb midway done the 3rd 4th with a soaring dunk aft Edwards had scored 5 consecutive points. But Edwards banged his genu connected Clippers defender Eric Bledsoe and had to permission the crippled temporarily.
Los Angeles went connected a 12-2 run, culminating successful a 3-pointer by George, to instrumentality a pb it wouldn’t relinquish. George fanned himself arsenic helium went backmost down the court.
“He’s hot,” Mann said. “He’s going to enactment hot. He’s been blistery each year.”
Clippers manager Tyronn Lue entered his postgame property league clapping and said, “make shots.”
The biggest show of shot-making came successful the 3rd arsenic Los Angeles made its run. The Clippers scored 45 points successful the 4th and made 17 of 20 shots, including 9 of 11 from 3-point range.
“Guys proceed to support taking their shots,” Lue said. “We talked astir it each week long, astir conscionable stepping up, having assurance and taking their shots. Our guys were unfastened and they made shots. That was bully to see.”
Clippers: Marcus Morris missed his 5th consecutive crippled with a near genu injury. Kawhi Leonard (knee surgery) and Serge Ibaka (back surgery) haven’t played this season. … The 126 points were a season-high for Los Angeles. … The Clippers had 21 turnovers, starring to 30 points for Minnesota.
Timberwolves: Edwards limped disconnected the tribunal instantly aft banging his knee. He went to the locker country nether his ain powerfulness and returned soon after. … Russell missed his archetypal crippled of the play aft injuring his ankle Monday against Orlando. Patrick Beverly made his archetypal commencement for Minnesota. He had 10 points and 10 rebounds against his erstwhile squad and was called for a method foul successful the fourth.
The teams decorativeness their two-game acceptable connected Friday successful Minnesota.
By Brian Hall
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