Kawhi Leonard, Clippers fall to new-look Timberwolves

first_img Game 4 photos: Luka Doncic, Mavs shock Clippers in overtime Minnesota led by as many as 26 points in the second half. Los Angeles didn’t get closer than 17. What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum The most high-profile addition, point guard D’Angelo Russell, did not play. Russell, who was acquired in a trade with Golden State on Thursday, sat out with a right quad contusion.Minnesota still had plenty of shooting. Ten Timberwolves players hit 3s, setting a franchise record. Beasley, who arrived in a four-team trade Wednesday, made a career-high seven 3s.The Timberwolves shot 15 for 25 from 3-point range in the first half and took an 81-59 lead into halftime. The 81 points were a franchise record for points in a half and the most allowed by the Clippers in a half this season.Beasley was 6 for 9 on 3s and scored 20 points in the first half.Related Articles Clippers’ Paul George: ‘If I make shots, this series could be a little different’ center_img PreviousMinnesota Timberwolves’ Josh Okogie reacts after his team scored another basket in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers, Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Stacy Bengs)Los Angeles Clippers Kawhi Leonard (2) drives the ball around Minnesota Timberwolves’ Jarrett Culver in the second half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Stacy Bengs)Los Angeles Clippers Paul George (13) tries to shoot against Minnesota Timberwolves’ Naz Reid in the second half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Stacy Bengs) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Clippers’ Paul George (13) knocks the ball out of the hands of Minnesota Timberwolves’ Naz Reid in the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Stacy Bengs)Minnesota Timberwolves’ Jarrett Culver (23) puts the ball in the basket against Los Angeles Clippers’ JaMychal Green in the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Stacy Bengs)Minnesota Timberwolves’ Jordan McLaughlin (6) drives the ball around Los Angeles Clippers’ Landry Shamet in the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Stacy Bengs)Minnesota Timberwolves’ D’Angelo Russell smiles after addressing team fans prior to an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers, Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Stacy Bengs)Minnesota Timberwolves’ Josh Okogie reacts after his team scored another basket in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers, Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Stacy Bengs)Minnesota Timberwolves’ Josh Okogie reacts after his team scored another basket in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers, Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Stacy Bengs)Los Angeles Clippers Kawhi Leonard (2) drives the ball around Minnesota Timberwolves’ Jarrett Culver in the second half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Stacy Bengs)NextShow Caption1 of 8Los Angeles Clippers Kawhi Leonard (2) drives the ball around Minnesota Timberwolves’ Jarrett Culver in the second half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Stacy Bengs)ExpandMINNEAPOLIS — Former USC Trojan Jordan McLaughlin scored a career-high 24 points, Malik Beasley added 23 in his Minnesota debut and the new-look Timberwolves snapped a 13-game losing streak with a 142-115 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday night.Karl-Anthony Towns just missed a triple-double with 22 points, 13 rebounds and nine assists for the Timberwolves, who won for the first time since Jan. 9. McLaughlin added a career-high 11 assists as Minnesota scored its highest point total of the season thanks to a franchise-record 26 3-pointers.Kawhi Leonard scored 29 points and Paul George had 21 for the Clippers, who had a three-game win streak snapped.The Timberwolves turned over more than half their roster before Thursday’s trade deadline. Three separate trades Wednesday and Thursday sent out seven players and brought in eight. TIP-INSClippers: Forward Marcus Morris, acquired in a trade with New York on Thursday, did not play. Guard Patrick Beverly missed the game with a right groin injury. … The game was the start of a four-game road trip for Los Angeles.Timberwolves: Forward Jake Layman missed his 37th consecutive game with a left toe sprain. Forward Evan Turner, acquired in a four-team trade Wednesday, is not with the team. … Russell addressed the crowd prior to tipoff. The nine 3-pointers Minnesota made in the first quarter were a franchise record for one quarter.UP NEXTClippers: At Cleveland on Sunday. Los Angeles has won the last three meetings.Timberwolves: At Toronto on Monday. The Raptors have won the last four meetings. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory last_img

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