Clippers overtake Timberwolves for seventh straight win

Patrick Beverly’s return to the Staples Center couldn’t be better written for the Clippers. One night after helping the Minnesota Timberwolves defeat a Lakers rival, his former team honored him with a video tribute and then held him with five points en route to a 129-102 lead for a seventh straight win.

Losing a second night back-to-back was not what Beverly and his new team wanted to end the four-game journey with, especially given that this was his first game against the Clippers in their arena since being traded to Memphis. in a multiplayer deal for Eric Bledsoe in August. Just nine days later, Beverly was transferred to Minnesota.

With this win, the Clippers (8-4) ended their season with Minnesota, having already won their first two games in Minnesota and scored six straight wins over the Timberwolves last season.

Paul George averaged 26.5 points in his first two games against Minnesota and led the Clippers with 23 points and nine rebounds on Saturday when six players hit double digits. Ivica Zubac has 10 points and 12 rebounds, while Bledso has 14 points and 9 assists.

Off the bench, Terence Mann scored 16 points, while Isaiah Hartenstein added 12 points, 12 rebounds and three blocks, while Los Angeles finished with 35 assists.

The Clippers had almost two other double-digit players – Luke Kennard and Jay Scrubb each had nine. Los Angeles scored 53.5%, won 58-40 rebounds and scored 66 points, up from 50 for Minnesota. The Clippers were leading with 31 points and hitting 40% from beyond the arc.

Point guard Reggie Jackson was the Clippers’ most effective shooter in the previous two games against Minnesota, and on Saturday he played a hot hand again with 21 points (including three three-pointers), spending nine of 16 shots from the field. He has scored 20 or more points in five of his last seven games.

“First of all, can we thank Pat? [Beverley] please? “Jackson urged the fans right after the last horn sounded.” We put things together, we set the floor and do the correct readings. It’s great to play on the home court and our fans support us. “

Clippers' Terence Mann dunks in the first half of November 13, 2021.

Terence Mann of the Clippers, with 16 points from the bench, dunks in the first half. Six Clippers have scored double digits.

(Kyusung Gong / Associated Press)

Kawhi Leonard (knee) and Marcus Morris Sr. (knee) have been injured, and 13-year-old NBA veteran Serge Ibaka remains in the G League, where he was asked at the beginning of the week, to get more playing time and hone his skills after weak performances in limited minutes against Charlotte and Portland after returning from back surgery.

The Clippers averaged 70 half-time points – their highest single-half score of an entire season – and were in the lead at 27. Beverly tied five points when shooting two-to-five in 16 minutes during the first two quarters and played just seven minutes without a point. … second half.

The homage to Beverly highlighted the harshness and protection that made him a fan favorite during his four years in Clippers uniform. On Saturday, he averaged 7.9 points, 5.1 assists and 4.9 rebounds.

Every time Ibaka returns to the Clippers (Agua Caliente was scheduled to play in Stockton on Sunday and Monday), it will be a welcome sight for a team that has been without Leonard since the start of the season and lost to Morris. knee injury after one game.

“Everyone plays hard and brings energy,” Hartenstein said. “PG carried us, and now he plays at the NBA level. It makes life easier for everyone else. “

Striker Anthony Edwards topped the Timberwolves (4-8) with 21 points. D’Angelo Russell added 15 points and eight assists, Jaden McDaniels also had 15 points, but Karl-Anthony Towns, who had 29 points the night before, stayed on eight.

“It was a great team all-around victory,” said Clippers coach Tyrone Lu. “We split the ball, we moved our bodies and we will count Karl-Anthony Towns in single digits, which is difficult to do. We paid a lot of attention to him. He’s a great player, we know that, but Nico [Batum] did a great job rejecting him, making sure he doesn’t back down and hit three-pointers. “



When: 18:30 Sunday
On air: TV: Bally Sports SoCal; Radio: 570, 1330

Update: The Bulls (8-4) enter the game in pursuit of the best seat in the Eastern Conference. Chicago will be left without two-time All-Star center Nikola Vucevic (health protocols) and second-year striker Patrick Williams, who played five games before he required wrist surgery.


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