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Associated Press, Published February 29 2012

Beasley leads Timberwolves rally in fourth quarter

LOS ANGELES – Derrick Williams and Michael Beasley each scored 27 points, teaming up to lead a fourth-quarter shooting barrage as the Minnesota Timberwolves beat the Pacific Division-leading Los Angeles Clippers

109-97 late Tuesday night in the teams’ first game since the All-Star break.

Williams and Beasley each had 13 points in the fourth. Williams finished 9 of 10 from the field, while making all four of his

3-point attempts and all five of his free throws. Beasley’s shooting was just off that, with him hitting 11 of 15 from the field, all three of his 3-pointers and 2 of 4 free throws. They each had five rebounds.

Nikola Pekovic added 12 points, Martell Webster 11 and Kevin Love 10 for the Wolves, who notched the franchise’s 47th win against the Clippers, its most against any opponent.

Minnesota 22 29 22 36 – 109

L.A. Clippers 31 23 22 21 – 97

MINNESOTA (109): Johnson 2-6 0-2 5, Love 4-13 2-2 10, Pekovic 4-7 4-4 12, Rubio 1-8 0-1 2, Ridnour 2-6 3-3 8, D.Williams 9-10 5-5 27, Beasley 11-15 2-4 27, Milicic 0-1 1-2 1, Barea 2-5 2-2 6, Webster 5-7 0-2 11, Tolliver 0-0 0-0 0, Ellington 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 40-78 19-27 109.

L.A. CLIPPERS (97): Butler 1-10 0-0 2, Griffin 10-19 10-14 30, Jordan 7-9 0-0 14, Paul 11-17 4-6 27, Foye 6-14 0-0 13, M.Williams 4-12 0-0 8, Martin 0-2 0-0 0, Simmons 0-1 0-0 0, Evans 0-0 1-2 1, Thompkins 0-0 0-0 0, Bledsoe 0-0 0-0 0, Cook 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 40-85 15-22 97.

3-Point Goals– Minnesota 10-22 (D.Williams 4-4, Beasley 3-3, Webster 1-2, Johnson 1-3, Ridnour 1-4, Love 0-2, Rubio 0-2, Barea 0-2), L.A. Clippers 2-11 (Paul 1-2, Foye 1-5, Griffin 0-1, M.Williams 0-3). Fouled Out– None. Rebounds– Minnesota 49 (Rubio, Love 7), L.A. Clippers 49 (Jordan 14). Assists– Minnesota 27 (Rubio 9), L.A. Clippers 20 (Paul, M.Williams 6). Total Fouls– Minnesota 18, L.A. Clippers 23. Technicals– Love, L.A. Clippers defensive three second. A– 19,243 (19,060).