Towns Lead Timberwolves Past Sinking Clippers 113-107

Minnesota Timberwolves forward Taj Gibson, center, tries to intercept a pass intended for Los Angeles Clippers guard Austin Rivers, left, during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017, in Los Angeles. The Wolves won 113-107. Photo: (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)
Minnesota Timberwolves forward Taj Gibson, center, tries to intercept a pass intended for Los Angeles Clippers guard Austin Rivers, left, during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017, in Los Angeles. The Wolves won 113-107.

December 07, 2017 11:23 AM

Karl-Anthony Towns had 21 points and 12 rebounds, and the Minnesota Timberwolves beat the sliding Los Angeles Clippers 113-107 on Wednesday night.
    
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 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.
    
TIP-INS
    
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.
    
UP NEXT
    
Timberwolves: Open a five-game homestand Sunday night against Dallas. Minnesota has won its last three against the Mavs.
    
Clippers: Host Washington on Saturday.

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