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Wolves beat Clippers 113-107

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LOS ANGELES, Calif. (KTTC) -

The Minnesota Timberwolves got a win in Los Angeles, as all five starters scored over 15 points, with Karl-Anthony Towns leading the way with 21 points and 12 boards in a 113-107 win over the Clippers to improve to 15-11 on the year.

Positives: 

1. The Wolves' unselfishness was apparent in the scoring distribution Wednesday night. As all five starters were over 15 points. Karl-Anthony Towns had 21, Jimmy Butler and Jeff Teague each scored 19, and Andrew Wiggins and Taj Gibson added 16 each. In addition, Jamal Crawford in his first game back in LA after spending five seasons with the Clippers, added 11 off the bench. The Wolves also had 29 assists, third highest of the season, led by Butler's eight and Teague's seven.

2. The Wolves were outstanding from the field in this one shooting 54.9 percent, and 36.8 from three, with Jeff Teague hitting 4-7 from long range. 

3. Besides, the 21 points from Towns, he also added 12 boards, four assists, two steals and four blocks, demonstrating the impact defensively he can have when engaged. Taj Gibson also added 14 rebounds and three blocks. Also big for the Wolves defensively was holding Danilo Gallinari, in his first game back from injury, to only seven points, as he went 2-13 from the field, and 1-5 from three. They also kept him off of the free throw line, as he only shot two on the day.

Negatives:

1. Although the Wolves got double digit rebounds from Towns and Gibson, they allowed Clippers center Deandre Jordan to haul in 21 rebounds, including 12 offensively, as the Clippers cleaned the offensively glass with 17 on the night, which contributed to 60 points in the paint for LA.

2. The Wolves don't seem to have a way to slow down Austin Rivers, as he scored 23 in this one after scoring 30 in their game on Sunday. Rivers did it this time without a barrage of three points, only hitting two, but going 9-18 from the field. 

3. The Wolves scored 24 points off of turnovers, but they could only force nine in this game. Austin Rivers and Lou Williams, two primary ball-handlers, only three combined. 

The win brought the Wolves to 15-11 as they currently are the fourth seed in the west, one game up on the Portland Trail Blazers, and five games out of first place.

A last thing to watch is once again minutes. Jimmy Butler played 43 minutes as he continues to play huge minutes. This was the fourth straight game that Butler would play 40 minutes. Luckily, he will have some time to rest up before the Wolves play the Dallas Mavericks at home on Sunday. That game tips off at 6:00 p.m. at the Target Center.

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