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The Sports Xchange, Published December 22 2013

Clippers best Timberwolves in overtime

LOS ANGELES – Blake Griffin had 32 points and 10 rebounds and Jamal Crawford scored 22 points as host Los Angeles notched an improbable victory by defeating Minnesota for the eighth consecutive time 120-116 in overtime.

Jared Dudley scored 15 points and knocked down the go-ahead 3-pointer in overtime as the Clippers won their fifth consecutive game. Chris Paul contributed 19 points and 13 assists and Darren Collison added 18 points off the bench for Los Angeles, which scored four points in the final 13.2 seconds of regulation time to avoid defeat.

Minnesota 24 30 31 21 10 — 116:

L.A. Clippers 24 32 27 23 14 — 120:

MINNESOTA (116)

Pekovic 16-28 2-3 34, Love 15-23 13-15 45, Rubio 0-4 0-0 0, Kv.Martin 7-12 1-1 16, C.Brewer 1-5 0-0 3, Barea 4-11 2-4 12, Mbah a Moute 1-5 0-2 2, Hummel 1-4 0-0 2, D.Cunningham 0-2 2-2 2, Shved 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 45-96 20-27 116.

L.A. CLIPPERS (120)

Paul 6-19 7-8 19, Ja.Crawford 9-19 0-1 22, Griffin 11-20 10-11 32, Dudley 6-14 2-3 15, Jordan 2-4 0-0 4, D.Collison 8-12 1-2 18, Hollins 1-1 0-0 2, W.Green 2-5 0-0 5, M.Barnes 1-2 1-2 3, Jamison 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 46-97 21-27 120.

3-Point Goals: Minnesota 6-22 (Barea 2-5, Love 2-6, Kv.Martin 1-2, C.Brewer 1-3, Rubio 0-1, Shved 0-1, Hummel 0-2, Mbah a Moute 0-2), L.A. Clippers 7-29 (Ja.Crawford 4-10, D.Collison 1-3, W.Green 1-3, Dudley 1-7, M.Barnes 0-1, Paul 0-5). Fouled out: Kv.Martin, Griffin. Rebounds: Minnesota 63 (Love 19), L.A. Clippers 51 (Jordan 17). Assists: Minnesota 27 (Rubio 12), L.A. Clippers 24 (Paul 13). Total Fouls: Minnesota 23 (Kv.Martin 6), L.A. Clippers 23 (Griffin 6). A—19,304.