NBA Basketball

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Final 1 2 3 4 Tot
LA Clippers 27 20 33 39 119
Minnesota 32 21 20 39 112
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5:00 PM PT6:00 PM MT7:00 PM CT8:00 PM ET1:00 GMT9:00 6:00 PM MST8:00 PM EST5:00 UAE (+1)02:0020:00 ET7:00 PM CT23:00 , February 10, 2021
Target Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Clippers aim to get back on track vs. struggling Timberwolves

According to STATS
According to STATS

Los Angeles Clippers at Minnesota Timberwolves

  1. The Clippers have won four of their last five against Minnesota, including a 124-101 win on December 29. That game was one of five this season in which Los Angeles scored 100+ points in the first three quarters (105), tied for the most such games in the NBA (with three others).
  2. The Clippers are on their first losing streak of the season after home defeats to Boston and Sacramento. Laos Angeles suffered just one three-game losing streak all of last season, a February drought that included defeats to Boston and Sacramento.
  3. Lou Williams led the Clippers with 23 points off the bench in their loss to Sacramento on Sunday, the 102nd time he's scored 20 points off the bench since joining the Clippers in 2017. No other player has done so more than 64 times in that time (Jordan Clarkson).
  4. The Timberwolves are 2-4 in their last six games, with all six being decided by five points or fewer. The only team in the last five years to play seven straight games decided by five or fewer was San Antonio from January 17-27, 2020.
  5. Malik Beasley equaled the second-highest scoring game of his career with 30 points against the Mavericks on Monday, going 6-for-12 from three-point range. Beasley has made 75 threes in his first 24 games this season; the only player to reach that mark faster in a season for the Timberwolves was Karl-Anthony Towns, who did so in 21 games last season.
  6. The Clippers have shot an NBA-best 50.6 percent on corner threes this season, over four percent better than any other team (Kings -- 46.3). Minnesota, meanwhile, shoots just 37.4 percent on corner threes, seventh worst in the NBA.

The Los Angeles Clippers are in an unfamiliar position after losing consecutive games for the first time this season.

The Clippers aim to get back on track Wednesday night when they play the Minnesota Timberwolves in Minneapolis in the opener of a two-game trip.

Los Angeles lost 119-115 to the Boston Celtics on Friday and 113-110 to the Sacramento Kings two nights later. Both defeats came with six-time All-Star Paul George sitting out with a bone marrow edema in his right big toe.

"He's a little disappointed, you know, because ... especially the way he's been playing and the things he's been doing for this team, but it is what happens," Clippers coach Tyronn Lue said. "We have to have a 'next man up' mentality, just got to hold the fort down 'till he gets back."

George averages 24.4 points, 6.2 rebounds and a club-best 5.5 assists for Los Angeles, which has played its past eight games without Patrick Beverley (knee injury).

Lou Williams, who averages 10.3 points off the bench this season, is enjoying an 18.7 spurt over his past three games.

Williams scored a season-high 23 points on Sunday, but he wasn't alone in providing a spark among the reserves. Marcus Morris Sr. had 16 points, Ivica Zubac collected 12 points and 14 rebounds, and Terance Mann added six points and six rebounds.

"Our bench came in and did a tremendous job," Lue said. "Our bench was really good with Zu and Lou, Marcus, Terance Mann. They were really good off the bench. They kind of saved the game for us as far as being in it."

The reserves, in fact, made 18 of 41 shots from the field (43.9 percent). By comparison, the starters were just 23 of 58 (39.7 percent).

"Some of the shots went in and out," said star Kawhi Leonard, who recorded 20 points on a 9-for-21 performance from the floor. "Some of our pace was pretty low (for the) majority of the game."

Williams, a three-time NBA Sixth Man of the Year award recipient, also had a team-high 20 points in the Clippers' 124-101 victory over Minnesota on Dec. 29.

D'Angelo Russell led the Timberwolves with 22 points in that game; however, he mustered just six before leaving Monday's 127-122 loss to the Dallas Mavericks with left-leg soreness. Russell, who averages 19.3 points per game, missed Saturday's 120-118 loss against the Oklahoma City Thunder with right-quad soreness.

Malik Beasley scored a season-high-tying 30 points Monday, with 22 coming during the final 8:39 of the fourth quarter. Beasley highlighted the late surge by draining 6-of-7 attempts from 3-point range.

"I didn't want the team to go another game without fighting or battling, and we've been doing that the whole time," Beasley said, per the Minneapolis Star Tribune. "Just have to hit a few shots."

On Tuesday, Beasley was sentenced to 120 days in jail -- to be served after the NBA season -- after he pleaded guilty to a felony count of threatening a family with a rifle in Septembe. The 24-year-old will serve out his sentence at the county workhouse or home confinement, and also was put on probation for three years.

The Western Conference cellar-dwelling Timberwolves are returning home for the first time since posting a 109-104 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Jan. 31.

--Field Level Media

Updated February 9, 2021

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