NBA

more stats

Clippers take on Love, Wolves in Twin Cities

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Los Angeles Clippers will try to get back into the win column on Wednesday night when they start a short road trip at the Target Center to take on the Minnesota Timberwolves.

The Clippers had won four straight until a 106-102 home loss to the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday. On this quick jaunt east, the Clippers will meet the Wolves and Oklahoma City Thunder.

Against the Grizzlies, L.A. overcame an early deficit, but couldn't keep it going in the end. The game was tied after three quarters, but Memphis held the Clips to only 21 points in the fourth.

"They hit first tonight," Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. "But in the games we hit first, not physically hit, but established the pace and the way you're going to play, we've won those games. In the games that they've dictated it, they've been close but they've won most of them."

Monday's game marked the 21st time the two teams met in the last two seasons, including the playoffs. The Clippers hold an 11-10 advantage and Monday's game a got a little chippy when Memphis' Tony Allen kicked Chris Paul in the lip and got ejected late in the first quarter.

It didn't stop Paul from matching Magic Johnson's NBA record most games with double-figure points and assists to open a season. Paul had 18 points and 11 assists for his 11th consecutive double-double.

Blake Griffin also had a double-double with 23 points and 11 assists. J.J. Redick and Matt Barnes also scored in double figures and DeAndre Jordan pulled down 16 rebounds.

The Wolves have alternated wins and losses over their last six. They fell to the Washington Wizards in D.C. on Tuesday night, 104-100, and in the process, squandered a 12-point halftime lead.

"We needed to play consistent. We didn't. We came out in the third quarter and we didn't play together as a team," said Minnesota head coach Rick Adelman. "It really hurt us. It opened up an open court game for them."

The T'Wolves didn't score 20 points in either of the final two quarters as they were on off night for one of the league's best offenses. Minnesota only shot 43.5 percent from the field.

It was another spectacular night for Kevin Love in his push for MVP. He scored 25 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. Love is second in the NBA in scoring and third in rebounding.

"That dude is amazing. I told him, 'You need to teach me bro,'" joked Washington forward Nene, hoping to get some of Love's magic touch.

Corey Brewer, Nikola Pekovic, Ricky Rubio, Kevin Martin and J.J. Barea all scored in double figures for Minnesota.

The Clippers beat the Wolves, 109-107 on Nov. 11 and have taken six straight in this series. L.A. has won three straight in Minneapolis.

11/20 10:35:42 ET

Other Stories

Schedule

Thursday, April 17Full Scoreboard
No games today
Full Scoreboard

Standings

2013 - 2014 Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Toronto 48 34 .585 --- 26-15 22-19 32-20 L 1
x-Brooklyn 44 38 .537 4 28-13 16-25 26-26 L 2
New York 37 45 .451 11 19-22 18-23 26-26 W 4
Boston 25 57 .305 23 16-25 9-32 21-31 L 2
Philadelphia 19 63 .232 29 10-31 9-32 14-38 W 2
 
Central W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Indiana 56 26 .683 --- 35-6 21-20 38-14 W 2
x-Chicago 48 34 .585 8 27-14 21-20 35-17 L 1
Cleveland 33 49 .402 23 19-22 14-27 21-31 W 1
Detroit 29 53 .354 27 17-24 12-29 23-29 L 4
Milwaukee 15 67 .183 41 10-31 5-36 12-40 L 3
 
Southeast W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Miami 54 28 .659 --- 32-9 22-19 34-18 L 3
x-Washington 44 38 .537 10 22-19 22-19 33-19 W 4
x-Charlotte 43 39 .524 11 25-16 18-23 30-22 W 3
x-Atlanta 38 44 .463 16 24-17 14-27 28-24 W 1
Orlando 23 59 .280 31 19-22 4-37 17-35 L 4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
2013 - 2014 Western Conference Standings
 
Northwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Oklahoma City 59 23 .720 --- 34-7 25-16 36-16 W 1
x-Portland 54 28 .659 5 31-10 23-18 31-21 W 5
Minnesota 40 42 .488 19 24-17 16-25 23-29 L 3
Denver 36 46 .439 23 22-19 14-27 20-32 L 2
Utah 25 57 .305 34 16-25 9-32 13-39 W 1
 
Pacific W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-LA Clippers 57 25 .695 --- 34-7 23-18 36-16 L 1
x-Golden State 51 31 .622 6 27-14 24-17 31-21 W 2
Phoenix 48 34 .585 9 26-15 22-19 28-24 W 1
Sacramento 28 54 .341 29 17-24 11-30 15-37 L 1
LA Lakers 27 55 .329 30 14-27 13-28 15-37 W 2
 
Southwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-San Antonio 62 20 .756 --- 32-9 30-11 38-14 L 2
x-Houston 54 28 .659 8 33-8 21-20 31-21 L 1
x-Memphis 50 32 .610 12 27-14 23-18 29-23 W 5
x-Dallas 49 33 .598 13 26-15 23-18 29-23 L 1
New Orleans 34 48 .415 28 22-19 12-29 15-37 W 2
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
  • NASL: RailHawks vs. Ft. Lauderdale

    Saturday at 7:30 am on WRAL-2

  • PGA: RBC Heritage

    Saturday at 3:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • PGA: RBC Heritage

    Sunday at 3:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • PGA: Zurich Classic of New Orleans

    Saturday at 3:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • MiLB: Durham Bulls vs. Norfolk Tides

    Tonight at 7:05 on 620am

  • MLB: Atlanta Braves at NY Mets

    Saturday at 7:05 pm on 99.9 The Fan

  • MLB: Baltimore Orioles at Boston Red Sox

    Sunday at 7:05 pm on 99.9 The Fan

Scoreboard
Local
7:05pm Tonight
DUR
NOR
 
Final
PHI 1
ATL 0
Final
DET 7
CLE 5
Final
MIN 7
TOR 0
Final
TEX 8
SEA 6
8th
SFG 0
LOS 2
 
6:40pm Tonight
SDP
COL
7:05pm Tonight
PIT
MIL
7:05pm Tonight
WAS
STL
7:10pm Tonight
TAM
NYY
7:10pm Tonight
MIN
TOR
8:10pm Tonight
CWS
BOS
8:10pm Tonight
HOU
KAN
7:00pm Tonight
NYR
PHI
8:00pm Tonight
STL
CHI
9:30pm Tonight
COL
MIN
10:30pm Tonight
SJS
LOS
7:05pm Tonight
DUR
NOR