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Crawford scored 10 of his points in the fourth quarter, and that didn’t include his desperation, 50-foot, three-point heave that banked in at the third quarter’s buzzer and sent his team into the final 12 minutes with an 85-80 lead.
Crawford is the kind of prolific scoring presence off the bench that the Wolves continue to search for during a 5-3 season start, at least until injured swingman Chase Budinger returns from a knee injury probably sometime in December.
On Monday, Love, Pekovic and Martin combined for 78 of the Wolves’ 107 points while the team’s bench got outscored 40-17 by the Clippers’ reserves.
“We fought,” Wolves guard Ricky Rubio said. “We’re going to fight all the way through. That’s our mentality. At the end, we had a chance. We have to be proud of that.”
In the end, they had two final chances, including that 1-in-100 one that Love would love to have back.
“You’ve got to have a short memory win or lose in this league,” Love said. “It’s just one game. You have to move on.”