The Los Angeles Clippers will no doubt be glad to see this road trip end.
The Clippers wrap up a frustrating five-game trip Monday when they take on the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Los Angeles (21-44) beat Miami 99-98 last Monday to get the road swing off to a good start, but lost the next three games by an average of nearly 14 points. The most recent loss, 119-109 to Washington, might have been the hardest to endure.
Los Angeles led most of the second half, but Cuttino Mobley fouled Antawn Jamison on a potential game-tying 3-pointer. Jamison hit all three shots to send the game into overtime, and the Wizards pulled away in the extra period.
"You should let the players decide it. The players should decide that one. If he makes the shot, he makes the shot," Mobley said. "Nobody touched him while he was going up. Oh well, hey, he called it, so I'll take it. I'll take it."
Clippers forward Corey Maggette scored 34 points - one off his season high - and has scored in double figures in all but one of his 56 games this season.
As if the evening wasn't frustrating enough, the Clippers continued to struggle with injuries. Los Angeles has lost an NBA-high 233 man-games to injury this season and was starting its 29th different lineup of the season.
Center Chris Kaman missed his fourth straight game with a sore back, and forward Al Thornton left in the second quarter with a left knee contusion. Coach Mike Dunleavy said Kaman could be gone for an extended period.
"Chris is going to be out a while, I think. It doesn't make sense for us to take any risks with him," Dunleavy said.
The Clippers appear to catch a break at the end of their trip - the Timberwolves (15-50) are tied with Memphis for the worst record in the Western Conference. Los Angeles, however, has won just four of its last 17 games in Minnesota, and one of the last four meetings overall.
The Timberwolves are a conference-worst 10-23 at home and 0-3 on their own court this month. However, they had won three of four overall before Saturday's 107-96 loss in Portland.
Marko Jaric scored 19 points and Al Jefferson had 18 points and 11 rebounds for the Timberwolves, who have averaged 104.6 points in their last five games - more than 10 over their season average.
Ryan Gomes added 16 points for the Wolves. He had 23 points and 15 rebounds in Friday's 121-116 victory in Seattle, and has averaged 17.8 points in his last five games.
Minnesota hung in Saturday before Portland went on a 13-4 run in the third period to break a 61-all tie.
"We didn't bounce back and that's where they got us," Jaric said.
Jefferson, who leads the Timberwolves with 21.3 points and 11.6 rebounds per game, has averaged 16.9 points in eight career games against the Clippers.
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