With the Clippers' projected starting lineup in shambles, Rivers stepped forth and made seven of his first eight 3-point attempts Sunday.
He had scored those 21 of his 30 points from 3-point range, but only one in a fourth quarter when Butler took over with his scoring late.
Just Saturday afternoon, Dallas clobbered the Clippers 108-82 and won for just the sixth time in 23 games.
On Sunday night, the Wolves never led by more than eight points and only led 31-27 after one quarter, 60-55 at halftime, 78-76 after three quarters.
They also trailed 89-86 with 7:52 remaining after Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell's backdoor cut for a layup gave them their biggest lead of the night until then.
The Clippers had never led by more than two points before that.
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