Los Angeles Clippers Team Report – December 5
=== Los Angeles Clippers Team Report – December 5 ===
(Sports Network) – The Los Angeles Clippers had their five-game win streak
halted with an overtime loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves on Saturday. Sam
Cassell scored eight of his season-high 30 points in overtime as Minnesota
earned the road win at the Staples Center.
Corey Maggette tied a career-best with 34 points and pulled down nine rebounds
for the Clippers, who were attempting to win six straight for the first time
in a dozen years. The Clippers last won six in a row from March 18-31, 1992
Bobby Simmons chipped in 15 points in the loss.
After the teams traded baskets to start the extra session, Cassell put
Minnesota up 96-94 with a jumper at the 2:34 mark. A made free throw by
Simmons on the ensuing possession got the Clippers to within one, but Eddie
Griffin buried a three-pointer with 1:51 to play for a four-point cushion.
A steal and coast-to-coast layup by Cassell with just under a minute left in
overtime pushed Minnesota’s advantage to 101-96 and Latrell Sprewell followed
with a jumper to seal the win.
The Clippers will play the fifth test of a seven-game homestand on Monday
night against Charlotte.