Gallinari returns, but he makes only two of 13 shots in loss to the Timberwolves

Broderick Turner, Los Angeles Times on

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Austin Rivers (23 points), Lou Williams (23 points, eight assists) and DeAndre Jordan (18 points and 21 rebounds) delivered.

But they were no match for a Timberwolves team that had all five of its starters score in double figures, which went a long way in helping Minnesota beat the Clippers for the second time in five days.

Karl-Anthony Towns led the Timberwolves with 21 points and 12 rebounds.

Jimmy Butler and Jeff Teague both had 19 points and Andrew Wiggins and Taj Gibson both had 16.

But what irked Doc Rivers the most was his team's poor effort in the first half, which ended with the Clippers down 62-49.

That lead ballooned to 19 points in the third quarter before the Clippers mounted a rally that fell short.

"I liked our second-half effort," Rivers said. "I didn't think we came out and played with a lot of energy, a lot of defensive energy. I thought in the second half we were better."

Behind the play of Williams and Jordan, the Clippers cut a 78-59 third-quarter deficit to 103-100 late in the fourth.

But once again, Butler closed the door on the Clippers, along with some help from Wiggins.


Wiggins scored, Butler made two free throws and a basket and Wiggins scored again for a 111-100 Timberwolves lead that spelled the end for the Clippers.

When the game was over, Gallinari sat at his locker with both knees wrapped in ice.

He lamented his play and that of the Clippers

"I feel good, but not good because we lost," Gallinari said. "We need to find a way to win the next one."

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