National Basketball Association
L.A. Clippers 124, Minnesota 101
When: 10:00 PM ET, Tuesday, December 29, 2020
Where: Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
Officials: #48 Scott Foster, #34 Kevin Cutler, #67 Brandon Adair
Attendance: N/A

Lou Williams scored 20 points off the bench and the host Los Angeles Clippers crushed the Minnesota Timberwolves 124-101 on Tuesday.

Williams, who also had five assists, converted 7 of 11 shots as the Clippers bounced back from a franchise-worst, 51-point setback to the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday.

Paul George had 18 points, six rebounds and five assists while Serge Ibaka collected 16 points and eight boards for Los Angeles. Luke Kennard contributed 15 points on 6-of-9 shooting, including 3-of-4 from 3-point range.

Guard Patrick Beverley and center Ivica Zubac each scored 12 for the Clippers, who played their second consecutive game without Kawhi Leonard (mouth laceration) and fourth straight without Marcus Morris Sr. (sore knee).

D'Angelo Russell led the Timberwolves with 22 points. Malik Beasley scored 19, Ricky Rubio had 17, Anthony Edwards contributed 12 and Naz Reid chipped in 11.

Minnesota was without center Karl-Anthony Towns (dislocated wrist) and guard Josh Okogie (hamstring strain).

The Clippers seized control in the first half before blowing the contest open in the third quarter. By the end of the quarter, the Clippers owned a 105-76 lead. They outscored the Wolves 35-26 in the third.

Los Angeles trailed by nine in the opening five minutes of the first quarter. However, the Clippers dictated from that point on.

They took a 33-29 lead after one quarter before increasing it to as much as 22 in the second quarter. The Clippers led 70-50 at the break, outscoring the Wolves 37-21 in the second.

Williams led all first-half scorers with 15 points.

The Clippers hit 56.5 percent of their shots to 37.5 percent for the Wolves in the first half. Overall, Los Angeles made 53.4 percent to 41.6 percent for Minnesota.

Los Angeles recorded 32 assists to 22 for the Timberwolves.

Minnesota was blown out for the second game in a row after winning its initial two contests. The Wolves lost 127-91 to the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
Minnesota   L.A. Clippers
D'Angelo Russell 22 Scoring Lou Williams 20
Jordan McLaughlin 9 Assists Paul George 5
Jarrett Culver 10 Rebounds Serge Ibaka 8
Malik Beasley 7 Free Throws Made Lou Williams 5
D'Angelo Russell 2 Steals Reggie Jackson 4
Jake Layman 2 Blocks Ivica Zubac 3
Team Stats Summary
Team Points FG% 3PM-3PA FTM-FTA Assists Rebounds Blocks Steals Turnovers
Minnesota 101 41.6 13-38 14-17 22 39 6 7 14
L.A. Clippers 124 53.4 16-31 14-16 32 46 10 6 15
Upcoming Games
  • L.A. Clippers will play their next game at home against Portland. The Clippers have a W/L % of .500 after a win and 1.000 after a loss.
  • Minnesota will play their next game at home against Washington. The Timberwolves have a W/L % of .667 after a win and .000 after a loss.