Having just disposed of the L.A. Clippers the other night, 109-97, in L.A., one might have thought last night's game might be an easy win for the Minnesota Timberwolves. One would of course have been wrong.
Instead the Wolves squeaked out an 95-94 win when Chris Paul missed the 3rd of 3 FT with 2.7 seconds left on the clock. The Wolves were hanging on by their fingernails. An 81-70 4th quarter lead had dwindled down to 95-92 as Paul hit a pair of throws with 29 seconds left. The Wolves ran the shot clock down as far as possible, but J.J. Barea missed a shot for the Wolves and the Clippers grabbed the rebound with 4.8 seconds remaining. Derrick Williams fouled Paul on a 3, but Paul made just the 1st 2 throws. Ricky Rubio missed 2 FT at 1.8 seconds, and Paul missed a game-winning 3 at 0.3.
The Clippers led 8-2 but the Wolves took the lead at 9-8. L.A. went ahead about 24 minutes later 50-49. Otherwise the Wolves led all the way. They hung a 29-8 run on the Clips in the 1st half to go ahead 31-16. Kevin Love scored the 1st 4 buckets of this run.
But L.A. stormed back within 45-44 at intermission. In the 2nd half the Wolves broke away from a 57-all tie to lead 81-70 as Love scored 11 more points. And it was Love who scored the Wolves last 2 buckets when L.A. was storming back.
Love finished with 39 points and 17 rebounds. Williams had 15 and 9 boards. Darko Milici, playing in place of Nicola Pekerovic, scored 13, while Luke Ridnour had 12 points with one assists.
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