The Los Angeles Clippers improve to 31-9 with a 90-77 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves Thursday night. The Clippers played their third consecutive game without starting point guard Chris Paul who is out with a bruised kneecap. Los Angeles has won all three games without Paul.
Five different Clippers scored in double figures led by Jamal Crawford with 22 points off the bench. Blake Griffin added 20 points while Caron Butler chipped in 12. Matt Barnes and Ronnie Turiaf also scored 11 and 10 points off the bench respectively.
Los Angeles led 47-43 at the half despite out shooting Minnesota 50 percent to 36 percent in the first half. The Clippers turned the ball over 12 times in the first half which helped keep the Timberwolves close. Los Angeles put the game away in the fourth quarter where they outscored Minnesota 22-14.
Luke Ridnour scored a team-high 21 points for the Timberwolves. Andrei Kirilenko added 15 points while Derrick Williams scored 10. Ricky Rubio returned to Minnesota's starting lineup but finished with just four points and six assists. Minnesota has now lost five consecutive games.