LOS ANGELES (AP) — Karl-Anthony Cities scored 24 factors, Anthony Edwards added 23 and the Minnesota Timberwolves pulled away within the second half for a 121-100 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday evening in a matchup of two of the highest groups within the Western Convention.
Rudy Gobert had a double-double with 17 factors and 10 rebounds because the Timberwolves (37-16) remained atop the Western Convention with their third win within the final 4 video games.
It’s the tenth time the Timberwolves have received this season when trailing at halftime, which is second within the NBA.
“I didn’t assume we introduced sufficient drive or physicality to the sport within the first half. I assumed we performed good basketball however there was a bunch of performs the place they simply have been far more bodily than we have been,” Timberwolves coach Chris Finch mentioned. “All credit score to the fellows. They acknowledge that and set the tone firstly of the second half.”
The Timberwolves trailed 53-49 at halftime, however seized management within the third quarter, outscoring the Clippers 40-19.
“We’re doing job of being targeted. We pay attention to educate and do job within the third quarter of adjusting after seeing it and never committing the identical sentence,” Cities mentioned.
Minnesota began the second half with eight straight factors, but it surely wasn’t till halfway by means of the third quarter that it was capable of draw back.
Minnesota trailed 64-62 halfway by means of the quarter earlier than it went on a 27-8 run to shut the third.
The Timberwolves had a 12-2 spurt to shut the quarter as Cities scored eight straight factors and Edwards had a reverse layup to offer them an 89-72 benefit going into the fourth quarter.
Minnesota was 12 of 19 from the sphere within the quarter. Edwards and Cities have been each 6 of 6 on the line because the Timberwolves made all 13 of their foul photographs within the interval.
In the meantime, the Clippers have been 7 of 20 from the sphere and dedicated 5 turnovers that resulted in six Minnesota factors.
“We have been enjoying excellent within the first half. We have been simply lacking the little further effort and giving them rebounds. As soon as we cleaned that up, we had nice defensive possessions and have been capable of run on them,” Gobert mentioned.
The Timberwolves’ largest lead was 24 factors through the fourth quarter.
Paul George and Kawhi Leonard led the Clippers with 18 factors apiece and James Harden added 17.
George turned the Clippers’ profession 3-point chief with 7:23 remaining within the third quarter, hitting his 739th to surpass Eric Piatkowski.
“They performed higher than we did. Outcoached us, outplayed us and every little thing,” Clippers coach Tyronn Lue mentioned. “I assumed simply the physicality and a spotlight to element, they have been higher.”
Los Angeles, which is 27-7 for the reason that begin of December, is in third place within the Western Convention with a 35-17 document.
Timberwolves: At Portland for 2 straight video games starting Tuesday.
Clippers: At Golden State on Wednesday.
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