LOS ANGELES, Feb. 24 (Ticker) -- Elton Brand and the Los Angeles Clippers are happy to be back home.

Brand scored 24 points and Corey Maggette added 23 as the Clippers snapped an eight-game losing streak with a 92-86 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves.

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It was Los Angeles' first game at the Staples Center since losing the final eight games of a disastrous nine-game road trip, including a 17-point setback to Phoenix on Wednesday. But the Clippers never trailed in this one and extended their home winning streak to five games.

"We've definitely been trying to get this monkey off our back and today was a good day to do it," Maggette said. "We came out of a back-to-back and played extremely well."

"It was a tough road trip for us," Brand said. "But to come home and beat a team that is directly ahead of us in the playoff race is a good feeling."

Leading by as many as 10 points in the fourth quarter, Los Angeles saw its lead cut to 74-72 on a free throw by Troy Hudson with 3:24 left.

Chris Kaman hit a layup on the other end to ignite an 11-4 run over the next three minutes that made it 85-76 with 36 seconds remaining. Maggette made six free throws down the stretch to seal the win.

"We fought hard and tried to make a little run at the end," Hudson said. "But we just fell short by a couple plays. It wasn't too big of a hole to come out of, but you have to give them credit because they kept us down by hitting their shots."

"It was good to get a close one," Brand said. "They fought back and tried to make it a game, so it was good to get a win after all of that."

Brand did most of his damage early, as the Clippers took control with a 16-2 first-quarter burst.

After Latrell Sprewell's layup drew Minnesota within 8-6 three minutes into the game, Brand started the spurt with consecutive baskets. He added four more points during the run, which was capped by Bobby Simmons' jumper that made it 24-8 with 2:28 to go.

"We started off poorly and just couldn't recover from it," Timberwolves interim coach Kevin McHale said. "We had a sluggish offensive start and with them making shots, we just got down. We kept trying to battle back, but we couldn't get our offense to flow the way we needed it to."

Maggette scored eight points in the second period as Los Angeles took a 45-36 lead into the break.

The Timberwolves opened the second half with a 13-6 run, cutting the deficit to 51-49 with 5:26 left in the third quarter on a pair of free throws by Trenton Hassell.

But Brand and Maggette combined for six points in a 10-5 spurt that pushed the Clippers' advantage back to seven three minutes later.

Minnesota All-Star Kevin Garnett struggled with foul trouble in the second half and scored just 14 points - eight below his season average - on 6-of-16 shooting.

"Thank God K.G. didn't have a good game tonight," Maggette said. "We got him in foul trouble early and he wasn't hitting shots."

Sprewell scored 17 points and Wally Szczerbiak added 15 for the Timberwolves, who fell to 2-2 under McHale and lost their fourth straight road game.