Shorthanded Clippers hand Wolves 114-104 loss

  • Article by: KENT YOUNGBLOOD , Star Tribune
  • Updated: April 1, 2014 - 12:41 AM

Despite missing Blake Griffin and Jamal Crawford, Los Angeles still found a way to roll at Target Center.

view larger photos

  

The Timberwolves could not stop it.

Clearly frustrated, coach Rick Adelman joked that he might have set a record calling timeouts, to no avail. “I almost ran out of them,” he said. Guard Ricky Rubio admitted a lack of energy, forward Kevin Love acknowledged the ugliness of what transpired.

“There was a four- or five-minute span when it was pretty bad,” he said.

It lasted longer than that. In eight-plus-minutes of the third quarter Monday at Target Center, the Wolves — perhaps showing the frustration of an up-and-down season destined to end nine games from now without a playoff berth — let the Los Angeles Clippers take control of a close game with a 34-7 run on the way to a 114-104 victory.

Thanks to a spirited fourth-quarter rally by the Wolves bench, the final score was not an indication of how competitive this game was.

The Clippers won their eighth consecutive game against the Wolves despite playing without star forward Blake Griffin (back spasms) and top sixth man Jamal Crawford (sore Achilles’ tendon). But they still won their third in a row and their 16th in 18 games.

And, to add injury to insult, the Wolves (36-37) lost center Nikola Pekovic again to a flare-up of his right ankle bursitis only seven minutes into the game.

Clippers guard Darren Collison scored 16 of his 28 points in that game-changing third-quarter run, which featured missed Wolves jumpers at one end and a layup drill at the other. Chris Paul finished with 22 points and nine assists and Matt Barnes had 19 for Los Angeles (53-22).

The big run started after the Wolves had scored the first six points of the quarter to take a 57-54 lead on Love’s 18-foot jumper 1:43 in.

Less than nine minutes later, the Clippers led by 24 points.

“It was like we missed every shot we took,” Adelman said. “It’s weird that we scored [six] points right off the back and then we couldn’t score forever. The worst part about it is that it was like a 3-on-2 every single time. It wasn’t like we were making them work. They were just getting layup after layup.”

Adelman admitted it looked like his players were hanging their heads.

“We have nine games to go, we have to come out every game, every quarter and bust it,” Adelman said. “They owe themselves that, the fans that, the organization.”

Down 24 early in the fourth quarter, the Wolves bench showed the energy the starters had lacked. Shabazz Muhammad scored 11 points in the final 12 minutes and Gorgui Dieng and Chase Budinger each had 10 as the Wolves pulled within eight points three times in the final minute, but the hole was too deep.

“Our energy wasn’t there,” Rubio said. “We made an effort in the first half. In the third quarter we couldn’t find it. I think the second unit, in the fourth quarter, gave us a lesson, I would say.”

A painful one, perhaps.

“It’s definitely tough right now,” said Love, who had 20 points and 13 rebounds but shot only 8-for-21. “But we have to finish this thing strong and try to play well.”

Notes

  • related content

  • BOXSCORE: LA Clippers 114, Wolves 104

    Monday March 31, 2014

  • Postgame: Third-quarter implosion costly for Wolves

    Monday March 31, 2014

    Center Nikola Pekovic hurt again

  • Wolves-L.A. Clippers game recap

    Tuesday April 1, 2014

    GAME RECAPImpact playerDarren Collison, L.A. ClippersThe guard scored 16 of his 28 points in the critical third quarter.By the numbers60...

  • Minnesota's J.J Barea (11) attempted a shot in the second quarter.

  • Wolves guard Ricky Rubio on the Clippers’ decisive 34-7 run: “In the third quarter, we couldn’t find it. I think the second unit, in the fourth quarter, gave us a lesson, I would say.”

  • Clippers guard Chris Paul tried to block a shot by the Wolves’ Gorgui Dieng in the fourth quarter of Los Angeles’ 114-104 victory.

  • l.a. clippers 114, wolves 104 • Up next: 7 p.m. Wednesday • vs. Memphis • FSN

  • get related content delivered to your inbox

  • manage my email subscriptions

ADVERTISEMENT

NY Mets - LP: J. Familia 6 FINAL
Miami - WP: A. Ramos 9
Philadelphia - WP: C. Hamels 7 FINAL
Atlanta - LP: J. Teheran 0
Boston - LP: B. Badenhop 3 FINAL
Tampa Bay - WP: G. Balfour 4
Minnesota - WP: P. Hughes 6 FINAL
Baltimore - LP: K. Gausman 4
Pittsburgh - LP: G. Cole 4 FINAL
St. Louis - WP: S. Maness 5
Milwaukee - LP: J. Nelson 2 FINAL
Chicago Cubs - WP: J. Turner 4
Detroit - WP: D. Price 12 FINAL
Cleveland - LP: C. Kluber 1
Seattle - LP: C. Young 1 FINAL
Oakland - WP: J. Hammel 6
San Francisco - WP: J. Affeldt 4 FINAL
Colorado - LP: C. Friedrich 2
Arizona - LP: T. Cahill 1 FINAL
San Diego - WP: T. Ross 3
San Francisco - LP: S. Romo 9 FINAL
Colorado - WP: L. Hawkins 10
Washington - WP: G. Gonzalez 6 FINAL
Los Angeles - LP: R. Hernandez 4
Texas - LP: C. Lewis 3 FINAL
Kansas City - WP: Y. Ventura 4
Green Bay 9/4/14 7:30 PM
Seattle
Buffalo 9/7/14 12:00 PM
Chicago
New Orleans 9/7/14 12:00 PM
Atlanta
Minnesota 9/7/14 12:00 PM
St. Louis
Cleveland 9/7/14 12:00 PM
Pittsburgh
Jacksonville 9/7/14 12:00 PM
Philadelphia
Oakland 9/7/14 12:00 PM
NY Jets
Cincinnati 9/7/14 12:00 PM
Baltimore
Washington 9/7/14 12:00 PM
Houston
Tennessee 9/7/14 12:00 PM
Kansas City
New England 9/7/14 12:00 PM
Miami
Carolina 9/7/14 3:25 PM
Tampa Bay
San Francisco 9/7/14 3:25 PM
Dallas
Indianapolis 9/7/14 7:30 PM
Denver
Utah State 7 FINAL
Tennessee 38
SMU 0 FINAL
(10) Baylor 45
Miami-Florida 13 FINAL
Louisville 31
Arizona 9/4/14 7:00 PM
TX-San Antonio
Pittsburgh 9/5/14 6:00 PM
Boston College
Washington St 9/5/14 9:30 PM
Nevada
SMU 9/6/14 11:00 AM
North Texas
Fla Atlantic 9/6/14 11:00 AM
(2) Alabama
Buffalo 9/6/14 11:00 AM
Army
(24) Missouri 9/6/14 11:00 AM
Toledo
Arkansas State 9/6/14 11:00 AM
Tennessee
(7) McNeese State 9/6/14 11:00 AM
(22) Nebraska
Central Mich 9/6/14 11:00 AM
Purdue
Akron 9/6/14 11:00 AM
Penn State
Western Ill 9/6/14 11:00 AM
(14) Wisconsin
(20) Kansas State 9/6/14 11:00 AM
Iowa State
(4) Oklahoma 9/6/14 11:00 AM
Tulsa
Western Ky 9/6/14 11:00 AM
Illinois
SC State 9/6/14 11:30 AM
(16) Clemson
Navy 9/6/14 12:00 PM
Temple
UAB 9/6/14 1:00 PM
Miss State
South Alabama 9/6/14 1:00 PM
Kent State
New Mexico St 9/6/14 1:00 PM
Georgia State
Colorado 9/6/14 2:00 PM
Massachusetts
Fresno State 9/6/14 2:00 PM
Utah
(2) Eastern Wash 9/6/14 2:00 PM
(25) Washington
(15) USC 9/6/14 2:30 PM
(11) Stanford
Ohio U 9/6/14 2:30 PM
Kentucky
Middle Tennessee 9/6/14 2:30 PM
Minnesota
Northern Ill 9/6/14 2:30 PM
Northwestern
Missouri State 9/6/14 2:30 PM
Oklahoma State
Ball State 9/6/14 2:30 PM
Iowa
Maryland 9/6/14 2:30 PM
So Florida
Eastern Mich 9/6/14 3:00 PM
Florida
Georgia Tech 9/6/14 3:00 PM
Tulane
(18) Ole Miss 9/6/14 3:30 PM
Vanderbilt
Old Dominion 9/6/14 5:00 PM
NC State
(8) Michigan State 9/6/14 5:30 PM
(3) Oregon
(19) Arizona State 9/6/14 6:00 PM
New Mexico
Louisiana Tech 9/6/14 6:00 PM
Louisiana
San Jose St 9/6/14 6:00 PM
(6) Auburn
East Carolina 9/6/14 6:00 PM
(9) So Carolina
Duke 9/6/14 6:00 PM
Troy
Idaho 9/6/14 6:00 PM
ULM
(15) Sam Houston St 9/6/14 6:30 PM
(13) LSU
Michigan 9/6/14 6:30 PM
(17) Notre Dame
Lamar 9/6/14 6:30 PM
(21) Texas A&M
Northwestern St 9/6/14 6:30 PM
(10) Baylor
BYU 9/6/14 6:30 PM
Texas
Citadel 9/6/14 6:30 PM
(1) Florida State
San Diego St 9/6/14 7:00 PM
(23) North Carolina
Virginia Tech 9/6/14 7:00 PM
(5) Ohio State
Memphis 9/6/14 9:00 PM
(7) UCLA
Colorado State 9/6/14 9:15 PM
Boise State
Air Force 9/6/14 9:15 PM
Wyoming
Oregon State 9/6/14 9:30 PM
Hawaii
Texas Tech 9/6/14 10:00 PM
Texas-El Paso
Brt Columbia 9/5/14 6:30 PM
Ottawa
Calgary 9/6/14 6:00 PM
Edmonton
Hamilton 9/7/14 12:00 PM
Montreal
Saskatchewan 9/7/14 3:00 PM
Winnipeg
Indiana 84 FINAL
Chicago 86

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

question of the day

Poll: How many fantasy football teams do you draft?

Weekly Question

ADVERTISEMENT

Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters

ADVERTISEMENT

 
Close