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.”


  • 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


New England 14 FINAL
Kansas City 41
Minnesota 10/2/14 7:25 PM
Green Bay
Buffalo 10/5/14 12:00 PM
Chicago 10/5/14 12:00 PM
Cleveland 10/5/14 12:00 PM
St. Louis 10/5/14 12:00 PM
Atlanta 10/5/14 12:00 PM
NY Giants
Tampa Bay 10/5/14 12:00 PM
New Orleans
Houston 10/5/14 12:00 PM
Baltimore 10/5/14 12:00 PM
Pittsburgh 10/5/14 12:00 PM
Arizona 10/5/14 3:05 PM
Kansas City 10/5/14 3:25 PM
San Francisco
NY Jets 10/5/14 3:25 PM
San Diego
Cincinnati 10/5/14 7:30 PM
New England
Philadelphia 3 FINAL
NY Rangers 6
Toronto 0 FINAL
Detroit 3
Pittsburgh 1 FINAL
Minnesota 4
Columbus 3 FINAL
Nashville 0
Florida 4 FINAL
Dallas 5
Winnipeg 1 FINAL
Edmonton 3
Arizona 4 FINAL
Vancouver 2
Fla Atlantic 10/2/14 6:00 PM
UCF 10/2/14 6:00 PM
Arizona 10/2/14 9:30 PM
(2) Oregon
Louisville 10/3/14 6:00 PM
San Diego St 10/3/14 9:00 PM
Fresno State
Utah State 10/3/14 9:15 PM
(18) BYU
(6) Texas A&M 10/4/14 11:00 AM
(12) Miss State
Ball State 10/4/14 11:00 AM
Iowa State 10/4/14 11:00 AM
(21) Oklahoma State
Marshall 10/4/14 11:00 AM
Old Dominion
Southern Miss 10/4/14 11:00 AM
Middle Tennessee
(20) Ohio State 10/4/14 11:00 AM
Purdue 10/4/14 11:00 AM
Florida 10/4/14 11:00 AM
SMU 10/4/14 11:00 AM
(22) East Carolina
Virginia Tech 10/4/14 11:30 AM
North Carolina
Eastern Mich 10/4/14 1:00 PM
North Texas 10/4/14 1:30 PM
Massachusetts 10/4/14 1:30 PM
Tulsa 10/4/14 2:00 PM
Colorado State
New Mexico 10/4/14 2:30 PM
TX-San Antonio
(3) Alabama 10/4/14 2:30 PM
(11) Ole Miss
(14) Stanford 10/4/14 2:30 PM
(9) Notre Dame
(17) Wisconsin 10/4/14 2:30 PM
Navy 10/4/14 2:30 PM
Air Force
(7) Baylor 10/4/14 2:30 PM
(4) Oklahoma 10/4/14 2:30 PM
(25) TCU
Wake Forest 10/4/14 2:30 PM
(1) Florida State
NC State 10/4/14 2:30 PM
Buffalo 10/4/14 2:30 PM
Bowling Green
Ohio U 10/4/14 2:30 PM
Central Mich
Oregon State 10/4/14 3:00 PM
Vanderbilt 10/4/14 3:00 PM
(13) Georgia
Kansas 10/4/14 3:00 PM
West Virginia
Kent State 10/4/14 4:00 PM
Northern Ill
South Alabama 10/4/14 5:00 PM
Appalachian St
Texas-El Paso 10/4/14 6:00 PM
Louisiana Tech
(15) LSU 10/4/14 6:00 PM
(5) Auburn
UAB 10/4/14 6:00 PM
Western Ky
Texas Tech 10/4/14 6:00 PM
(23) Kansas State
Michigan 10/4/14 6:00 PM
Hawaii 10/4/14 6:00 PM
Toledo 10/4/14 6:00 PM
Western Mich
ULM 10/4/14 6:00 PM
Arkansas State
Georgia State 10/4/14 6:00 PM
Idaho 10/4/14 6:00 PM
Texas State
Memphis 10/4/14 6:00 PM
Arizona State 10/4/14 6:30 PM
(16) USC
So Carolina 10/4/14 6:30 PM
Pittsburgh 10/4/14 6:30 PM
Miami-Florida 10/4/14 6:30 PM
Georgia Tech
(19) Nebraska 10/4/14 7:00 PM
(10) Michigan State
UNLV 10/4/14 7:00 PM
San Jose St
Ga Southern 10/4/14 7:00 PM
New Mexico St
California 10/4/14 9:30 PM
Washington St
Utah 10/4/14 9:30 PM
(8) UCLA
Boise State 10/4/14 9:30 PM
Winnipeg 10/3/14 6:00 PM
Calgary 10/3/14 9:00 PM
Edmonton 10/4/14 3:00 PM
Brt Columbia 10/4/14 6:00 PM
Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters





question of the day

Poll: Which struggling team is in the worst shape?

Weekly Question