A favorable stretch for any tired players is on the horizon, as Minnesota has three days off after the game in Los Angeles and then opens a five-game homestand Sunday night against Dallas.
The Timberwolves beat the Los Angeles Clippers 113-107 on Wednesday night, to push their record to 15-11 on the season. DeAndre Jordan and the Clippers never led and had no answer for Minnesota's balanced offensive attack.
The individual battle between Jordan and Towns served as the headliner, considering they both notched double-doubles in Sunday's matchup.
The 21 points look good but don't stand out, and the 12 rebounds are fairly typical. "I thought it was a little better in the second half".
The big man even scored three straight baskets for his team to cut the lead to three but couldn't overcome Towns and Co. On the other side, Blake Griffin remains out with a knee injury while Danilo Gallinari is questionable with a glute injury. They're also just 1-4 against the spread in their last five home games, are winless at the betting window at 0-4 in their last four games playing on two days of rest, and are a brutal 1-10 against the spread in their last 11 games after scoring 100 points or more in their previous contest. The addition of a few veterans during the offseason, headlined by former Chicago Bulls Jimmy Butler and Taj Gibson, has the league's longest playoff drought set to end in the spring.
As time was about to expire before the half with the Timberwolves leading the Clippers, 62-49, Butler's teammate in power forward Taj Gibson attempted a one-handed shot from full-court that didn't come close to the basket.
The Clippers simply ran out of options with only three players in double figures and couldn't counter Minnesota's wing players with the game hanging in the balance.