Clippers Lose In Overtime Thanks To Beasley's Jumper, 113-111

The Clippers won the season series last year with Minnesota, 3-1.

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Clippers Vs. Timberwolves: Clips Lose In OT

Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) – Michael Beasley hit the game-winning jumper with 2.3 seconds left to lift the Timberwolves to a 113-111 victory over the Clippers at Target Center.

“I was waiting to see what they were going to do,” Beasley said of his game- winner. "I knew what I was going to do and knew if he let me get to the elbow it was trouble for them.

“I was just waiting to see if they were going to come with a double team. I went down and it went in.”

Beasley finished with a game-high 33 points and Kevin Love supplied 24 points and 14 rebounds. Corey Brewer added 14 points in a reserve role for Minnesota, which stopped a two-game losing streak.

Eric Gordon led Los Angeles with 30 points and seven assists and Blake Griffin tied a career-high with 26 points and added 17 rebounds for the Clippers, who are still searching for their first road victory in six attempts.

Rookie Al-Farouq Aminu finished with 17 points and DeAndre Jordan added 11 and seven rebounds in the loss.

Beasley converted on a three-point play with 5:48 remaining to put the Timberwolves up 104-97. Love hit two from the line to keep the lead at seven points at 108-101, but L.A. responded with a short 6-0 run capped by a Griffin dunk with 2:50 to play.

Brewer hit a jumper at 1:14 to tie the game at 111, and after Minnesota missed its next three shots, Beasley got his opportunity in the final seconds.

“We got down in the fourth and kept battling,” said Clippers head coach Vinny Del Negro. "We just didn’t convert at the end there. We had a look at it and missed a couple of offensive rebounds.

“The turnovers hurt us. They scored 26 points off our turnovers, we had a couple careless ones at the end. The guys are battling and statistically we did some good things but the turnovers hurt us.”

After a back-and-forth first quarter the teams were deadlocked at 28.

Griffin and Gordon both had 10 points in the second, but the Timberwolves shot 10-of-16 from the field in the quarter to keep the game notched at 61 heading to the locker room.

The teams kept it close in the opening minutes of the third but Brewer’s triple at 1:06 gave Minnesota a five-point lead at 87-82. However, Gordon added one-of-two from the line and a layup in the final minute of the quarter to cut the margin to 88-85 heading to the fourth.

Game Notes

Luke Ridnour finished with 12 points and eight assists for Minnesota and Darko Milicic added 11 points on 5-of-6 from the field…The Clippers won the rebounding battle, 43-33…Eric Bledsoe finished with 10 points for L.A.

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Clippers Vs. Timberwolves: Youngest Lineup In Clippers History Back For More

The Los Angeles Clippers look to snap their nine-game road losing streak tonight in Minnesota against the Timberwolves. In the last game against the Nets, the Clippers fielded the youngest starting lineup in team history, at an average of 21.4 years old. That same lineup is expected tonight. Here are the probable starting lineups and injury reports for both teams:

Clippers

Point Guard: Eric Bledsoe (Age 20)

Shooting Guard: Eric Gordon (21)

Small Forward: Al-Farouq Aminu (20)

Power Forward: Blake Griffin (21)

Center: DeAndre Jordan (22)

Both Baron Davis (sore left knee) and Chris Kaman (sprained left ankle) are out tonight. Randy Foye, who has missed nine straight games with a strained left hamstring, is listed as questionable.

Timberwolves

Point Guard: Sebastian Telfair

Shooting Guard: Wesley Johnson

Small Forward: Michael Beasley

Power Forward: Kevin Love

Center: Darko Milicic

At point guard, Minnesota is without Jonny Flynn, who is sidelined after hip surgery until late November, and Luke Ridnour, who has missed the last five games with a strained left hamstring, is listed as probable. Guard Wayne Ellington, who has also missed five games, with a thigh contusion, is listed as doubtful as well. Center Nikola Pekovic is listed as doubtful, and has missed the last two games with a sprained left ankle.

For more Clippers news and analysis, be sure to read the SB Nation blog Clips Nation.

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Clippers Vs. Timberwolves: Clippers Look To Snap Nine-Game Road Losing Streak

The Los Angeles Clippers begin a short two-day, two-game road trip tonight against Kevin Love and the Minnesota Timberwolves at the Target Center in Minneapolis. The Clippers, who are off to a 1-10 start, are 0-5 on the road this season. The Clippers have lost nine straight road games, dating back to last season, and have lost 20 of their last 21 games away from home.

Kevin Love has taken the league by storm in the last week and a half. The former UCLA Bruin leads the league in rebounding, on both the offensive and defensive end, averaging a total of 14.3 rebounds per contest. His 5.2 offensive rebounds per game would lead the Timberwolves in total rebounding. He had the first 30-point, 30-rebound game in the NBA in 28 years last Friday against the Knicks, and had a 20-20 game against the Lakers at Staples Center last week.

The matchup of Love and Blake Griffin should be an exciting one. Griffin is averaging 16.1 points and 10.2 rebounds per game this season, one of seven players in the league to average 16-10. Griffin is tied for fifth in the league with 41 offensive rebounds this season.

The Clippers won the season series last year with Minnesota, taking three of four games. The Timberwolves lead the all-time series 44-38, and are 25-14 at home against the Clippers. Tonight's 5 p.m. PST game will be televised on Prime Ticket.

For more Clippers news and analysis, be sure to read the SB Nation blog Clips Nation.

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