Kaman da’ man as Clips down T’Wolves
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) – Chris Kaman turned in a huge game, scoring
24 points and grabbing a career-high 23 rebounds as the Los Angeles Clippers
handed the Minnesota Timberwolves a 95-87 loss at Staples Center.
Sam Cassell tallied 17 points and five assists, while Cory Maggette chipped in
15 points off the bench and Elton Brand totaled 14 points and pulled down 11
boards for the Clippers, who have now won four straight contests and matched
last season’s win total of 37 wins.
Ricky Davis led the way with 20 points for the Timberwolves, who have now
dropped five in a row. Mark Blount added 18 points and Kevin Garnett tallied
13 points and grabbed 16 boards for Minnesota, who dropped to 8-23 away from
home this season.
The Clippers took the lead with 6:53 remaining as Vladimir Radmanovic sank a
shot from long distance to put LA on top, 80-77. However, just over two minutes
later, a Marco Jaric layup put Minnesota in front, 81-80, with 4:42 left.
Maggette completed a conventional three-point play with 3:47 left to give the
Clippers the lead for good, 83-81. They would extend their lead to five points
as Brand popped a jumper off of a pick-and-roll with Cassell to put his team
With 35 seconds left and the T’Wolves down five, Jaric threw away the inbounds
pass and Quinton Ross picked up the loose ball and threw down a dunk to put
the game away.
Kaman scored 10 points in the opening frame to give the Clippers a one-point
lead, 24-23, in a tight first quarter.
Minnesota took the lead early in the second quarter as Rashad McCants drilled
a shot from long distance and completed a conventional three-point play as
part of a 10-2 Timberwolves run that gave them a five-point edge, 33-28. The
T’Wolves led by as many as 11 points before taking a six-point lead into the
locker room, 54-48.
The Timberwolves extended their lead to 10 points 1:59 into the third quarter
as Garnett sank a turnaround jumper to put his team up, 60-50. The Clippers
tightened things up over the rest of the quarter and two free-throws from
Maggette made it 72-69 heading into the final stanza.
Mike Dunleavy notched his 500th career coaching win for the Clippers…LA won
the season series, 3-1, against Minnesota for the first time since the 1995-96
season…Kaman also set a career-high with four steals.