Towns lead Timberwolves past sinking Clippers 113-107
FILE - SAN ANTONIO, TX - OCTOBER 18: Karl-Anthony Towns #32 of the Minnesota Timberwolves handles the ball against the San Antonio Spurs on October 18, 2017 at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas. (Photos by Mark Sobhani/NBAE via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Karl-Anthony Towns had 21 points and 12 rebounds, and the Minnesota Timberwolves beat the sliding Los Angeles Clippers 113-107 on Wednesday night (Thursday, PHL time).
Jimmy Butler and Jeff Teague each scored 19 points for the Timberwolves (15-11), who placed six players in double figures. Andrew Wiggins and Taj Gibson had 16 apiece, and Jamal Crawford finished with 11 points.
Los Angeles dropped its fourth straight game despite an impressive performance by DeAndre Jordan, who had 18 points and 21 rebounds. Lou Williams and Austin Rivers each scored 23 points for the Clippers (8-15).
Danilo Gallinari returned for Los Angeles and scored seven points on 2-for-13 shooting. Gallinari had been sidelined since Nov. 5 (Nov. 6, PHL time) due to a glute injury.
The Timberwolves shot 54.9 percent from the floor.
Minnesota led by as many as 19 in the third quarter. The Clippers pulled within four in the fourth quarter, but the Timberwolves held on.
Timberwolves: F Nemanja Bjelica remained out with a sprained left foot. He has missed eight straight games. ... Wednesday marked Crawford’s first game back at Staples Center since leaving the Clippers. Said Crawford: “You see these people every day for five years. It’s just weird. Some of those relationships will last a lifetime.”
Clippers: G Milos Teodosic (plantar fascia) remained out, but coach Doc Rivers said he is close to returning.
Timberwolves: Open a five-game homestand Sunday night (Monday, PHL time) against Dallas. Minnesota has won its last three against the Mavs.
Clippers: Host Washington on Saturday (Sunday, PHL time).