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LOS ANGELES — 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 suppose we introduced sufficient drive or physicality to the sport within the first half. I believed we performed good basketball however there was a bunch of performs the place they only have been far more bodily than we have been,” Timberwolves coach Chris Finch mentioned. “All credit score to the blokes. They acknowledge that and set the tone firstly of the second half.”
FOUR STRAIGHT WINS OVER THE CLIPPERS.
KAT – 24 PTS
Ant – 23 PTS / 7 REB / 8 AST
Rudy – 17 PTS / 10 REB / 4 BLK
NAW – 15 PTS / 2 STL
Naz Reid. – 11 PTS / 7 REB
Slim – 11 PTS pic.twitter.com/Yh6TShOhVj
— Minnesota Timberwolves (@Timberwolves) February 13, 2024
The Timberwolves trailed 53-49 at halftime, however seized management within the third quarter, outscoring the Clippers 40-19.
“We’re doing a great job of being targeted. We hear to teach and do a great 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, nevertheless it wasn’t till halfway via the third quarter that it was in a position to draw back.
Minnesota trailed 64-62 halfway via 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 provide them an 89-72 benefit going into the fourth quarter.
Minnesota was 12 of 19 from the sector within the quarter. Edwards and Cities have been each 6 of 6 on the line because the Timberwolves made all 13 of their foul pictures within the interval.
In the meantime, the Clippers have been 7 of 20 from the sector and dedicated 5 turnovers that resulted in six Minnesota factors.
“We have been taking part in excellent within the first half. We have been simply lacking the little additional effort and giving them rebounds. As soon as we cleaned that up, we had nice defensive possessions and have been in a position to run on them,” Gobert mentioned.
The Timberwolves’ largest lead was 24 factors throughout 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 thing,” Clippers coach Tyronn Lue mentioned. “I believed simply the physicality and a focus to element, they have been higher.”
Los Angeles, which is 27-7 because the 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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