Timberwolves dominate Clippers with huge third quarter rally
Timberwolves dominate Clippers with 40-point third quarter. Anthony Edwards scores 23, Karl-Anthony Towns adds 24. Minnesota stays atop Western Conference.
On Monday night, the Timberwolves defied recent trends by maintaining their large lead after three quarters of play and securing a decisive 121-100 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers. This win solidifies the Timberwolves' position at the top of the Western Conference standings with a half-game lead over the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Clippers, who were a half game behind Minnesota entering the game, would have overtaken the top spot with a victory.
The game itself was a showcase of the best the Western Conference has to offer. Both teams displayed impressive runs and star players made flashy plays, including monster dunks. The Timberwolves took an early lead in the first quarter, with Karl-Anthony Towns and Rudy Gobert combining for 13 points. However, the Clippers fought back in the second quarter, ending the frame with an 8-0 run to take a 53-49 lead at halftime.
The Timberwolves' debut of Monte Morris added a new dynamic to the game, as he immediately made an impact with a 3-pointer on his first shot. Anthony Edwards also shone in the third quarter, scoring 12 points and contributing to the Timberwolves' impressive 40-point quarter. Edwards finished the game with 23 points, eight assists, seven rebounds, and a steal, demonstrating his versatility and impact on the game.
Towns led the Timberwolves in scoring with 24 points, while Gobert contributed 17 points and 10 rebounds. The Clippers ultimately conceded defeat by substituting in their bench players with four minutes left in the game.
The Timberwolves' ability to maintain their lead and secure an impressive victory against a tough opponent is a testament to their strength as a team. This win solidifies their position at the top of the Western Conference and demonstrates their ability to rise to the occasion in high-stakes games.