Clippers Vs. Timberwolves: Kevin Love Buzzer-Beater Stuns L.A.

The loss snapped a seven-game home winning streak for the Clippers.

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Clippers Vs. Timberwolves Final Score: Kevin Love, Ricky Rubio Complete Stunning Minnesota Comeback, 101-98

Kevin Love hit a tie-breaking three-point shot from the top of the key at the buzzer Friday night, giving the Minnesota Timberwolves a 101-98 comeback victory over the Los Angeles Clippers before a stunned crowd at Staples Center. The loss snapped a seven-game home winning streak for the Clippers.

The Clippers led by as many as 12 points in the fourth quarter, but Ricky Rubio tied the game with a three-pointer from the right corner of the floor with 20 seconds remaining. The three-pointer was Rubio's first made field goal of the game, as the point guard began the game 0-for-10, but still had six rebounds, six assists, and three steals to go with his nine points.

Love had 17 points and 14 rebounds for Minnesota, his 16th consecutive double-double to start the season. On the ESPN broadcast, it was noted that Love has the longest string of double-doubles to open a season since Moses Malone began his 1981-1982 MVP campaign with 16 straight.

Mo Williams had a game to remember for multiple reasons. He scored 25 points, including 21 in the first half, on 10-of-15 shooting, and had five assists and a steal in 31 minutes off the bench. But he also picked up a technical foul with 6:21 remaining in the game for arguing a foul called against him. That technical foul happened to be the second of the game for Williams, who was automatically ejected. The technical foul on Williams came in the midst of a 13-2 run by the Timberwolves that cut the Clippers' lead to just one point with 4:37 remaining.

Blake Griffin scored 21 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for the Clippers, his eighth consecutive double-double. DeAndre Jordan had 11 boards and three blocked shots. Chauncey Billups scored 20 points, including 16 in the second half.

Darko Milicic scored 22 points to lead the Timberwolves before fouling out late in the fourth quarter.

The Clippers next host the Toronto Raptors on Sunday afternoon at Staples Center.

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Clippers Vs. Timberwolves Game Score: Mo Williams Leads L.A. To 59-48 Halftime Lead

Reserve guard Mo Williams led all scorers with 21 points in the first half, leading the Los Angeles Clippers to a 59-48 halftime lead over the Minnesota Timberwolves Friday night at Staples Center. The Clippers have won seven consecutive games at Staples Center.

For the second straight game, Williams came out on fire in the first half. He scored 10 points in the first quarter on 4-of-4 shooting. Williams began Wednesday's win over Dallas by making his first seven field goals, and did the same on Friday night..

The Clippers outscored Minnesota 31-22 in the opening 12 minutes. Blake Griffin scored 14 points and grabbed four rebounds for the Clippers, while his power forward counterpart Kevin Love had 10 points and four boards in 19 minutes. The Clippers outrebounded Minnesota 21-13 in the first half.

Darko Milicic scored 13 points in the first half for the Timberwolves, who shot 47.4% from the field (18 for 38).

Randy Foye, starting in place of Caron Butler at small forward, scored seven points in the first half. Butler is out with a hyperextended right knee. The Clippers shot 54.1% (20 for 37) in the opening half, and made six of 10 from three-point range.

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Caron Butler Out Friday For Clippers With Knee Injury, Chris Paul Might Play Sunday

The injuries are starting to pile up for the Los Angeles Clippers, who host the Minnesota Timberwolves Friday night at Staples Center. Point guard Chris Paul will miss his fourth straight game with a strained left hamstring, and now comes news that starting small forward Caron Butler is out with a hyperextended right knee.

Ryan Gomes will start at small forward for the Clippers against Minnesota, per Clippers broadcaster Isaac Lowenkron.

Butler, who scored a season-low two points on Wednesday against the Dallas Mavericks, had an MRI earlier Friday and "everything came back clear," reported Dan Woike of the Orange County Register. Butler, who signed a three-year, $24 million contract with the Clippers in the offseason, is averaging 14.8 points and 4.3 rebounds this season.

Head coach Vinny Del Negro said Paul could play on Sunday against the Toronto Raptors, per Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times. But given that the Raptors are 4-11 and the Clippers have two more off days after Sunday before facing the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday, it doesn't seem too far fetched to hold Paul out for another game.

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Clippers Vs. Timberwolves: Game Time, TV & Streaming Info And More

The Los Angeles Clippers look for their eighth consecutive home win on Friday night as they host the Minnesota Timberwolves at Staples Center. Here are the relevant details of Friday night's game:

Records: Clippers 8-4; Timberwolves 6-8

Location: Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles

Time: 7:30 p.m. PST

TV: ESPN and ESPN3.com, with Dan Shulman, Hubie Brown, and Ric Bucher on the call. Locally, Ralph Lawler and Michael Smith will call the game on Prime Ticket.

Offensive Efficiency: Clippers 106.4 points per 100 possessions (eighth in NBA); T-Wolves 102.1 (17th)

Defensive Efficiency: T-Wolves 99.8 (eighth); Clippers 105.6 (25th)

Double-Double Machines: Kevin Love has been a beast this season, averaging 25.5 points and 14.5 rebounds per game. Love has a double-double in all 14 games this season and had 64 double-doubles last season. Blake Griffin has seven straight double-doubles and is third in the NBA with nine on the season, after having 47 double-doubles in his Rookie of the Year-winning season last year.

Rookie Sensation: Minnesota point guard Ricky Rubio has been an exciting player so far this season, and in the Timberwolves' win on Wednesday Rubio had nine points, eight assists, seven rebounds, and six steals. It was just the second game in the NBA this season with at least six rebounds, six assists, and six steals, joining Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors on December 26.

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Chris Paul Injury: Clippers Point Guard Likely Out Against Timberwolves

As Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul continues to struggle with a hamstring injury, Blake Griffin and Co. might be on their own again as the Orange County Register reports CP3 will likely be sidelined once more Friday night as the Clips take on the Minnesota Timberwolves at Staples Center.

Head coach Vinny Del Negro didn’t definitively state that Paul was out tonight, but he did mention that it was unlikely he would recover in time to suit up against Ricky Rubio, Kevin Love and the rest of the Wolves this evening. The team hopes Paul will be ready by Sunday when the team hosts the Toronto Raptors.

In other injury news Brian Cook will not suit up Friday night, leaving the Clip Show that much more short handed against a talented and deep Minnesota squad.

For more in depth discussion and analysis of the Clippers, make sure to check out Clips Nation. For the Timberwolves side of things, head over to Canis Hoopus.

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Clippers Vs. Timberwolves Game Preview: Blake Griffin, Kevin Love A Matchup To Watch

The Los Angeles Clippers play their fourth game in five nights on Friday, returning home to host the Minnesota Timberwolves at Staples Center. The Clippers have won seven straight home games and are 23-6 in their last 29 home games dating back to last season.

Chris Paul has missed the last three games with a strained left hamstring, and the Clippers hope to have their point guard back on the court Friday night. Paul is listed as questionable for the game, likely a game-time decision.

This game features an extraordinary matchup of prolific power forwards in Blake Griffin and Kevin Love. They are the only two players in the NBA this season to average at least 21 points and 11 rebounds per game. Love has the upper hand, averaging 25.5 and 14.5 and is fifth in the league in Player Efficiency Rating at 25.5. Griffin has averaged 21.3 points and 11.8 rebounds this season, and has seven straight double-doubles. Love leads the NBA in double-doubles with 14, and Griffin is third with nine.

The game will also feature Ricky Rubio, who has been an exciting player for Minnesota this season. As Steve Perrin noted at Clips Nation, Rubio might end up the third consecutive Rookie of the Year from the 2009 NBA Draft, following Tyreke Evans in 2010 and Griffin in 2011:

Rubio spent two additional seasons playing in the ACB in Spain after being the fifth pick in the 2009 draft, and is a leading candidate for ROY this season. Other candidates will emerge over the course of the season, but for now it looks like a two man race between Rubio and 2011 first overall pick Kyrie Irving.

The Clippers have beaten Minnesota three straight times, and have bested the Timberwolves in four straight meetings at Staples Center.

Friday night's 7:30 p.m. PST game will be televised by ESPN and Prime Ticket. For more news and information on the Clippers, be sure to read Clips Nation.

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Clippers Schedule 2012: Minnesota Timberwolves, Toronto Raptors Come To Staples Center This Weekend

The Los Angeles Clippers, even before they acquired Chris Paul, had become a team who learned to win at home. The Clippers have won seven straight home games at Staples Center this season and are 23-6 in their last 29 home games dating back to last season. The Clippers look to continue their home success this weekend with two very winnable games.

Friday - Minnesota Timberwolves at Clippers, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN, Prime Ticket): Former UCLA Bruin Kevin Love comes to town averaging 25.2 points and 14.5 rebounds per game, much improved over last season when he was an All-Star. The Clippers also get their first look at point guard Ricky Rubio. The only question will be whether or not Chris Paul will be available to guard, and be guarded by, Rubio.

Sunday - Toronto Raptors at Clippers, 12:30 p.m. (Prime Ticket): The Raptors are just 4-11 on the season, including a 2-7 road record. Former USC Trojan Demar DeRozan is second on the team in scoring at 14.3 points per game.

For more news and information on Clippers basketball, be sure to read Clips Nation.

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