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Towns lead Timberwolves past sinking Clippers 113-107

LOS ANGELES (AP) Karl-Anthony Towns and the Minnesota Timberwolves were challenged by the Los Angeles Clippers in the fourth quarter.

This time, they held on.

Towns had 21 points, 12 rebounds and four blocked shots, and the Timberwolves edged the sliding Clippers 113-107 on Wednesday night.

Minnesota, which recently blew a couple of double-digit leads, went up by 19 early in the third quarter. The Clippers pulled within four in the fourth, but the Timberwolves responded.

''Obviously you don't want to see a lead like we had go away that way,'' Towns said. ''We knew we needed to stop the bleeding as soon as possible. We did a great job of staying at an eight-point lead and taming them down and stalemating it.''

Jimmy Butler and Jeff Teague each scored 19 points for the Timberwolves (15-11), who placed six players in double figures. Andrew Wiggins and Taj Gibson had 16 apiece, and Jamal Crawford finished with 11 points.

''They kept coming, and because of the way they can score, you are always concerned,'' Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau said. ''Just finding a way to win was probably the most important thing.''

Los Angeles dropped its fourth straight game despite an impressive performance by DeAndre Jordan, who had 18 points and 21 rebounds. Lou Williams and Austin Rivers each scored 23 points for the Clippers (8-15).

''It's very difficult,'' Rivers said. ''It's frustrating. Nobody likes to lose. We're losing a lot of games.''

Danilo Gallinari returned for Los Angeles and scored seven points on 2-for-13 shooting. Gallinari had been sidelined since Nov. 5 due to a glute injury.

TIP-INS

Timberwolves: F Nemanja Bjelica remained out with a sprained left foot. He has missed eight straight games. ... Wednesday marked Crawford's first game back at Staples Center since leaving the Clippers. Said Crawford: ''You see these people every day for five years. It's just weird. Some of those relationships will last a lifetime.''

Clippers: G Milos Teodosic (plantar fascia) remained out, but coach Doc Rivers said he is close to returning.

GALLINARI RETURN

Gallinari had only two rebounds and no assists in 26 minutes.

''I wanted to be better,'' he said. ''I didn't expect to shoot the ball that bad. I was expecting to be better already, but I wasn't. I'll be better next game.''

UP NEXT

Timberwolves: Open a five-game homestand Sunday night against Dallas. Minnesota has won its last three against the Mavs.

Clippers: Host Washington on Saturday.

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Key Players
K. Towns
32 C
L. Williams
23 G
29.7 Min. Per Game 29.7
18.9 Pts. Per Game 18.9
4.4 Ast. Per Game 4.4
2.6 Reb. Per Game 2.6
52.6 Field Goal % 44.9
51.8 Three Point % 44.9
85.2 Free Throw % 89.3
+ 2 Austin Rivers made driving layup 0:03
  Team rebound 0:09
  Lou Williams missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:12
+ 1 Jeff Teague made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:19
+ 1 Jeff Teague made 1st of 2 free throws 0:19
  Personal foul on Sam Dekker 0:19
+ 1 Danilo Gallinari made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:21
+ 1 Danilo Gallinari made 1st of 2 free throws 0:21
  Personal foul on Taj Gibson 0:21
  Defensive rebound by Danilo Gallinari 0:24
  Jeff Teague missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:28
Team Stats
Points 113 107
Field Goals 45-82 (54.9%) 44-99 (44.4%)
3-Pointers 7-19 (36.8%) 10-32 (31.3%)
Free Throws 16-21 (76.2%) 9-15 (60.0%)
Total Rebounds 53 50
Offensive 8 17
Defensive 38 26
Team 7 7
Assists 29 23
Steals 4 6
Blocks 7 3
Turnovers 15 9
Fouls 17 17
Technicals 0 0
away team logo
K. Towns C 32
21 PTS, 12 REB, 4 AST
home team logo
L. Williams G 23
23 PTS, 3 REB, 8 AST
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away team logo Timberwolves 15-11 29332625113
home team logo Clippers 8-1522273127107
Team Stats
away team logoTimberwolves 15-11 107.3 PPG 42.5 RPG 22.6 APG
home team logoClippers 8-15 105.0 PPG 43.4 RPG 20.5 APG
Key Players
K. Towns C 20.1 PPG 11.8 RPG 1.7 APG 52.5 FG%
L. Williams G 20.0 PPG 2.7 RPG 4.8 APG 45.2 FG%
Top Scorers
K. Towns C 21 PTS 12 REB 4 AST
L. Williams G 23 PTS 3 REB 8 AST
54.9 FG% 44.4
36.8 3PT FG% 31.3
76.2 FT% 60.0
Timberwolves
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
K. Towns 39 21 12 4 2 4 4 3 9/14 0/2 3/5 1 11 43 +9
J. Butler 42 19 8 8 0 0 1 2 7/12 0/2 5/5 1 7 42 +9
J. Teague 37 19 3 7 1 0 3 3 6/14 4/7 3/3 0 3 34 +4
T. Gibson 36 16 14 2 0 3 1 3 7/10 0/1 2/4 4 10 36 +5
A. Wiggins 36 16 2 2 0 0 3 4 7/16 1/3 1/2 1 1 19 +5
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
K. Towns 39 21 12 4 2 4 4 3 9/14 0/2 3/5 1 11 43 +9
J. Butler 42 19 8 8 0 0 1 2 7/12 0/2 5/5 1 7 42 +9
J. Teague 37 19 3 7 1 0 3 3 6/14 4/7 3/3 0 3 34 +4
T. Gibson 36 16 14 2 0 3 1 3 7/10 0/1 2/4 4 10 36 +5
A. Wiggins 36 16 2 2 0 0 3 4 7/16 1/3 1/2 1 1 19 +5
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Crawford 16 11 3 3 0 0 1 0 4/10 1/3 2/2 0 3 19 -2
G. Dieng 20 8 4 2 0 0 2 2 4/5 0/0 0/0 1 3 14 -2
T. Jones 10 3 0 1 1 0 0 0 1/1 1/1 0/0 0 0 6 +2
A. Brooks - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Aldrich - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
N. Bjelica - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Brown - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Muhammad - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Georges-Hunt - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Patton - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 236 113 46 29 4 7 15 17 45/82 7/19 16/21 8 38 213 +30
Clippers
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
A. Rivers 37 23 2 4 2 0 2 1 9/18 2/6 3/5 0 2 33 -5
D. Jordan 34 18 21 2 0 0 3 3 8/12 0/0 2/3 12 9 40 -5
W. Johnson 31 9 3 2 0 3 0 1 4/11 0/5 1/2 1 2 19 -6
D. Gallinari 25 7 4 0 1 0 2 0 2/13 1/5 2/2 0 4 10 -11
C. Williams 11 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 1/4 1/1 0/0 0 0 5 -11
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
A. Rivers 37 23 2 4 2 0 2 1 9/18 2/6 3/5 0 2 33 -5
D. Jordan 34 18 21 2 0 0 3 3 8/12 0/0 2/3 12 9 40 -5
W. Johnson 31 9 3 2 0 3 0 1 4/11 0/5 1/2 1 2 19 -6
D. Gallinari 25 7 4 0 1 0 2 0 2/13 1/5 2/2 0 4 10 -11
C. Williams 11 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 1/4 1/1 0/0 0 0 5 -11
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
L. Williams 36 23 3 8 1 0 1 3 9/20 4/9 1/2 1 2 42 +8
M. Harrell 13 8 2 0 1 0 0 3 4/5 0/0 0/0 1 1 11 -1
J. Wilson 16 5 1 3 0 0 0 1 2/5 1/3 0/0 1 0 12 +10
J. Evans 11 5 2 3 1 0 0 2 2/4 1/2 0/0 0 2 14 -7
S. Thornwell 15 4 4 0 0 0 1 2 2/4 0/1 0/1 1 3 7 +3
S. Dekker 6 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 1/3 0/0 0/0 0 1 3 -5
W. Reed - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
P. Beverley - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Griffin - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Johnson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Teodosic - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 235 107 43 23 6 3 9 17 44/99 10/32 9/15 17 26 196 -30