Maggette, Clippers Edge Timberwolves
L.A. Clippers 93, Minnesota 84
MINNEAPOLIS, Nov. 29 (Ticker) -- Corey Maggette's best game of the season was enough to get the Los Angeles Clippers past the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Maggette collected 30 points and 10 rebounds - both season highs - as the Clippers posted a 94-83 victory over the Timberwolves.
After a late 14-0 surge by Minnesota in the fourth quarter cut the deficit to 82-80, Sam Cassell - who played the previous two seasons with the Timberwolves - pulled up for a 3-pointer with 2:44 left to give Los Angeles an 85-80 advantage.
The teams traded empty possessions before Chris Kaman blocked Kevin Garnett's shot in the post with 1:33 remaining. Elton Brand blocked Eddie Griffin's shot on the ensuing inbounds pass, forcing a shot-clock violation.
"(Kaman's block on Garnett) was huge," Brand said. "And then I got one right back (on Griffin). They were great blocks. That's what we try to do down there - clog up that lane."
Maggette drilled a jumper over Marko Jaric on the other end to all but seal the victory. Maggette and Cassell combined for 10 points over the final four minutes.
"We had a lot of plays (in the fourth quarter) where we had easy layups that we missed," Maggette said, "So I'm glad the team just settled down, focused in, and made some big plays down the stretch."
The Clippers found their defense when they needed it, holding the Timberwolves to just 39 percent (31-for-79) shooting.
"Luckily we were up by 12 points (to start the fourth quarter)," Maggette said. "Our team really buckled down and came out with a good win against a good team."
Brand had 19 points and 13 rebounds and Cassell scored 13 points for Los Angeles, which snapped its two-game slide. Cuttino Mobley scored 13 points on 6-of-12 shooting.
"Our guys hung tough with it, so I was really proud of them," Clippers coach Mike Dunleavy said. "Terrific game all the way around from the standpoint of even if you bend like that but don't break, it's probably ultimately better for you because they know they can do it because of the defense."
Garnett collected 29 points and 13 rebounds and Jaric scored 17 points for the Wolves, who are 1-2 against the Clippers this season. Griffin had nine points and 14 rebounds off the bench.
"It's frustrating to know that you didn't play up to your best ability and still had a chance to win," Garnett said. "We didn't deserve to win tonight. That's just how to sum it up."
With their fifth road win this season, the Clippers have equaled half of last season's total. Los Angeles had not won in Minnesota since March 11, 2002.
"It feels good winning on the road," Brand said. "We're trying to protect our home court and pick up as many wins as we can on the road, and that's how you become a playoff team."