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Wolves Rout Clippers, 122-104
Written By Associated Press
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Anthony Edwards scored 28 points to lead six players in double figures and the Minnesota Timberwolves routed the Los Angeles Clippers 122-104 on Monday night to end a three-game skid.
The Wolves gained a split in LA after losing by five to the Lakers a night earlier.
The Clippers struggled mightily in their first home game of the new year. They had 39 made shots and 21 turnovers in the game. They got dominated in the paint, 64-42.
Serge Ibaka tied his season high with 17 points for the Clippers, who have dropped four of six.
Reserves Jaylen McDaniels added 18 points and Taurean Prince had 17 points for the Wolves. Patrick Beverley tied his career high with 12 assists against his former team.
The Clippers went entirely to their bench in the fourth and clawed back within 12 points on consecutive 3-pointers by Xavier Moon and Stanley Johnson.
But the Wolves answered with back-to-back 3s from McDaniels and Edwards that kept them ahead by 18 points. Minnesota later ran off nine unanswered points, including five by Beverley, for a 111-84 lead.
The Clippers closed within 15 early in the third only to have the Wolves hit three straight 3-pointers — two by Edwards and another from Michael Beasley — for a 78-54 lead.
The Wolves all but put the game away in the second when they outscored the Clippers 38-25. Minnesota built its first double-digit lead of the game with a 17-4 run, including 10 straight points, early in the period. The Wolves led 64-46 at halftime.