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Butler-less Wolves win thriller in LA 126-118

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LOS ANGELES, Calif. (KTTC) -

The Minnesota Timberwolves needed someone to step up in the absence of Jimmy Butler and they received such a performance from two players as Andrew Wiggins scored 40 and Jeff Teague hit 30 to carry to Timberwolves to a 126-118 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers.

Positives: 

1. Let's starts with Wiggins. Wiggins took 28 shots, made 16, went 3-7 from beyond the arc, 5-8 from three in his season high performance of scoring 40 points. In addition to that, Wiggins grabbed six rebounds, and blocked a shot. Although he took a ton of shots, a scoring performance like this from Wiggins, one in which he shot 57 percent from the field and 42.8 percent from the arc,  was exactly what the Wolves needed.

2. And on that note Jeff Teague also showed up in a big way. Teague has struggled mightily since returning from injury, but he had no such struggles Monday night. Teague would scored 30 points, going 7-14 from the field and a phenomenal 16-17 from the line. The Clippers made 15 free throws as a team and only shot 22. Teague also passed for six assists and only turned the ball over once.

3. Another big contributor on this night was Nemanja Bjelica who started in place of Butler, and his 35 minutes he was 6-13 from the field, scoring 18 points including three, three-pointers, while pulling in nine rebounds and dishing out four assists.

Negatives: 

1. Karl-Anthony Towns' shooting was putrid as he went 1-7 from the field, but he still managed to score 11 points, and impacted the game in a big way on the offensive and defensive glass grabbing 17 rebounds, six offensive.

2. The Wolves defensively were not good in this one and it was most evident in the paint, as the Wolves allowed the Clippers to score 72 points in the paint, with Montrezl Harrell scoring 23 off the bench with all of his makes coming in the paint. Blake Griffin also was outstanding as he scored 12 in the paint on a 32-point scoring night as he had a triple-double with 12 rebounds and 12 assists.

3. Final negative for the Wolves was their performance from three as they shot 7-22 from beyond the arc.

The win was the Timberwolves' second straight without Butler, as it followed a 115-109 win over Toronto over the weekend. The Wolves are off Tuesday as they head to Portland for a 9:00 game against the Trail Blazers.

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