The LA Clippers survived a Monday night dog fight with the Minnesota Timberwolves, taking home a 110-105 road win.
Chris Paul led the way with 26 points and 14 assists, and nailed the nail in the coffin with a jumper over Kevin Garnett with 38 seconds to go.
Ricky Rubio gave the T-Pups hope by registering the fourth triple-double of his career (18 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists.)
Per the Star Tribune:
“You know what, I’m taking this,” said (Kevin) Garnett, who scored 12 points. “I like our fight.”
Or coach Flip Saunders, who thanked the fans for their late-game frenzy and apologized for once again letting them go home unrewarded. “I can’t fault our guys,” he said. “We came back, outrebounded them. Defensively, we held them under 50 percent. … Earlier in the year, if we fall behind by 15 [early], we’d lose by 30. Now we’re fighting back.”
“You’re playing these teams that have been together six, seven years,” Garnett said. “This group has been together 30 seconds. …When you take [the Clippers] to the point where they have to go into their bag and actually have to execute, it says a lot. At times our immaturity showed. But it’s promising.”