Minnesota gave the Clippers everything it had on the second night of a Los Angeles back-to-back, but Doc Rivers and the Clips managed to hold off a late charge to hang on for the 109-107 victory on Monday at Staples Center.
With Minnesota down by two points with the ball and six seconds remaining, Kevin Martin missed a contested jumper, Nikola Pekovic missed a follow-up after an offensive rebound, Kevin Love blew a point-blank tip-in and the Clippers held on for dear life as time expired.
And this one was a back-and-forth affair in the final frame.
Los Angeles broke off a 12-0 run midway through the fourth quarter to give the Clippers a nice cushion to work with, but the Timberwolves cut the lead to two points with 3:26 remaining after a 10-1 run that spanned 56 seconds. It was all for naught, however, as those three different final chances for Minnesota bounced harmlessly off the rim.
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In the loss, Martin had 30 points for Minnesota, already his third performance of 30 points or more on the season. Pekovic had his best game of the year thus far with 25 points and 10 rebounds, and Kevin Love was his normal, unbelievable self with 23 points, 19 rebounds and seven assists.