Los Angeles–The Clippers and the 2012 Minnesota Timberwolves memories lives on. It was only a month ago that the Timberwolves came into the Clippers residence and rained on their parade. Minnesota’s Big Man Kevin Love hit a game winning three-pointer, as they defeated the Clippers 101-98.
In the first three quarters of the game, it looked as if the Clippers were ready for revenge. Blake Griffin was hotter than a wildfire racking up 18 points and five rebounds in just 12 minutes. He finished with 30 points and seven rebounds. Blake’s stats looked tasteful on paper, but as time expired, his performance became irrelevant.
The Timberwolves had a backup plan for Blake’s wildness. They came into the Staples Center causing ruckus tonight. Their bench dismantled the Clippers bench 72-11- which would eventually lead to a Timberwolves’ victory over the Clippers 109-97 Tuesday night. After the game Williams sounded jovial to beat one of the hottest teams in the NBA right now. The Clippers hold the top spot in the Pacific-Division.
It feels good to beat a hot team in the league right now,” William said. We played good basketball tonight.”
Minnesota Timberwolves’ Derrick Williams and Michael Beasley were the spark plug for their team. Both players combined for 54 points in the win over the boys in blue. Williams went on a rampage scoring 10 baskets in a row to put the Wolves up in the fourth by 10 points.
Minnesota outscored LA 36-21 in the fourth quarter and had a season-high 27 assists. Timberwolves All-Star Kevin Love cheered his teammates on from the bench, after leaving in the final quarter due to a back injury.
“They just hit tough shots, I don’t think we played terrible defense, they just hit shots,” Griffin said. We just kind of get up and give away the lead. I don’t know how many times, but we have to find ways to pull it out.”
Chris Paul has been a blessing in the skies to the Clippers organization. He has put this team on his back and will take them places they have never been. He finished with 27-pts tonight. His leadership and heart for the game has been the reason why the Clippers have transformed into a different team this season. There are only a few players in this league who have the munchies for this game, and Paul happens to be one of them.
The Clips have a good team but they’re still a work in progress. They have all the pieces to the puzzle to compete for a championship, but it takes time and patience to grow. Paul isn’t ready to panic, just yet.
“Sometimes it comes with experience and enduring these situations more than one time,” Paul said. That’s something we’ve to learn, how to put teams away.”
The Clippers fell to 12-5 at home. They have a chance to redeem themselves Thursday as they are set to jet set out of Los Angeles to take on a 6-game road trip.
Tamara is a graduate of Cal State Los Angeles where she received a Bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism. Tamara is passionate about covering sports. She has covered the NBA and Major League Baseball routinely for the past several years. A Southern California native, Tamara developed her skills as a sports journalist while working for various Los Angeles-based news publications.