Clippers Continue Win Streak At Three, Defeat Timberwolves At Home, 126-111

Blake Griffin, Baron Davis, and Eric Gordon all had 20 or more points as they lead the Los Angeles Clippers offense past the Minnesota Timberwolves 126-111 at Staples Center.

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Griffin's Double-Double Streak Ends In Lopsided Win Against Timberwolves, 126-111

Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) – Blake Griffin had his double-double streak snapped, but scored 21 of his game-high 29 points in the first half to carry the Clippers to a 126-111 drubbing of the Timberwolves.

The anticipated matchup between Griffin and Minnesota’s Kevin Love was one- sided, with the rookie dominating in the opening half to give the Clips a double-digit cushion they never relinquished.

Griffin pulled down eight rebounds, ending his run of double-doubles at 27, and the backcourt combination of Eric Gordon and Baron Davis carried Los Angeles in the second half for its sixth win in seven games.

Gordon, who suffered a ligament injury to his right ring finger in the first quarter, netted 18 of his 23 points in the final 24 minutes, while Davis added 20 points in the lopsided win.

“It’s very painful. It might be torn or strained. I’ll tape it up tighter. I’m going to keep playing through it,” said Gordon on the injury.

Love put up most of his stats when the game was out of reach, logging 26 points and 11 rebounds in the loss, Minnesota’s third straight and eighth in nine games. The Timberwolves shot 1-for-16 from three-point range.

“We made too many mistakes…The Clippers are playing better basketball,” Love said.

Griffin, coming off a 47-point effort against the Pacers on Monday, came out of the gates unhinged with 14 first-quarter points, including his fifth three- ball of the season in the closing seconds that gave the hosts a 29-19 lead.

The margin stayed in double digits through most of the second quarter, and hosts led 60-48 at the break.

A Michael Beasley jumper cut Minnesota’s deficit to 85-76 with 1:44 remaining in the third, but the Clippers scored the next seven points and led 92-79 heading to the fourth.

Gordon finished off an 11-2 spurt with a three-pointer midway through the frame, giving the Clippers an insurmountable 113-91 advantage.

Game Notes

Los Angeles has won six straight at home, its longest since the 2006-07 season…Beasley scored 21 points before getting ejected in the fourth quarter…Love has 29 straight double-doubles…Ryan Gomes tallied 13 points and eight rebounds, while DeAndre Jordan logged 11 and 12 for LA.

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Red Hot Clippers Host Timberwolves At Staples Center

(Sports Network) - A pair of double-double machines will square off in Hollywood tonight when Blake Griffin and the Los Angeles Clippers welcome Kevin Love and his Minnesota Timberwolves to Staples Center. Griffin scored an NBA season-best 47 points to go along with 14 rebounds on Monday, as the Clippers topped the Indiana Pacers, 114-107, for their fifth straight home victory.

Griffin also accounted for his 27th consecutive double-double and broke his own record for points in a game by a Clippers rookie. "Spectacular performance by Griffin," Pacers coach Jim O'Brien said. "We couldn't guard him, he was too much to handle." Eric Gordon added 23 points and seven assists, while Baron Davis notched 14 points and 12 assists for LA, which has won five of six overall.

Griffin became just the third player in NBA history to record a game of 47 points and 14 boards while 21 or younger, joining Michael Jordan (49 and 15 in 1984-85) and Rick Barry (57 and 15 in 1965-66). The Oklahoma product is also just the second rookie over the past 25 seasons to record at least 45 points and 10 rebounds in a game with the other being Shaquille O'Neal back in 1993.

"I wanted to come out and execute," Griffin said. "It's fun to play well, but it's more fun to get the win. The way we've been playing as a team, it helps everyone right now." The Wolves, meanwhile, fell to a dismal 2-20 on the road this season in Portland on Monday when LaMarcus Aldridge scored a career-high 37 points with 12 rebounds and the Portland Trail Blazers resumed their dominance of Minnesota with a 113-102 win at the Rose Garden.

Despite the loss, Love recorded his 28th consecutive double-double with 22 points and 17 rebounds for the Timberwolves, who have lost seven of eight overall. Darko Milicic had 22 points and eight rebounds. "We got off to a really good start, then we go through these periods where we start trying to do too much and we turn the basketball over," said Minnesota head coach Kurt Rambis. Love has an NBA-best 37 double-doubles this season, four more than Griffin, who holds down second place.

The Clippers snapped a two-game skid against the Wolves with a 113-90 rout at Staples Center on Dec. 20.

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