Clippers come up short

A three-pointer by Rasual Butler didn’t go in nor did the put back as time expired and the Clippers lost 113-111.

Beasley’s 15-foot jumper with 2.3 left won the game for the Timberwolves, which improve to 5-9. The Clippers drop their seventh in a row, now falling to 1-11.

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(Beasley shoots over Ryan Gomes: photo by AP)

All of the Clippers starters finished with double figure scoring led by Eric Gordon’s 30 points and seven assists. Blake Griffin had 26 points and 17 rebounds, while Al-Farouq Aminu had 17 points, DeAndre Jordan scored 11 and Eric Bledsoe had 10.

Beasley was the top-scorer for Minnesota with 33, while Kevin Love had 24 points and 14 rebounds while Corey Brewer scored 14, Luke Ridnour had 12 and Darko Milicic 11.

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Pistons win in overtime

Even though the Clippers caught up to the Pistons and took them into overtime, they couldn’t outscore them in the extra period and lost 113-107.

Down at halftime, LA made up lost ground in the third quarter, outscoring Detroit 27-17, and then kept pace in the fourth, with each team getting 29 points. The Pistons then used a 9-0 run in the OT to seal it.

Rodney Stuckey made a layup and converted a three-point play then Jason Maxiell followed with three free throws for a seven point lead.

Blake Griffin had 18 points and a career-high 18 rebounds for the Clippers and Eric Gordon – in his first game back after injury – had 28 points and five assists. Eric Bledsoe added 18 for LA, while Craig Smith had 14 and Rasual Butler scored 12 off the bench.

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Charlie Villanueva had a game-high 30 for Detroit and five others scored in double figures including Richard Hamilton (12), Rodney Stuckey (17), Tayshaun Prince (10), Austin Daye (12) and Jason Maxiell (11).

Even in the loss, Griffin had several highlight reel plays including a breakaway steal/dunk and a monster two-handed slap in the third.

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photos by AP

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Clippers down 10 at halftime

Right at the halftime break, the Clippers are down 57-47

Eric Gordon is back in the lineup after a shoulder injury has kept out of action and, coincidentally, the Clippers have lost four in a row in his absence. In his first game back, he has seven points at half (as does Eric Bledsoe) but Blake Griffin leads the team with 11 and six boards.

One of the things that is bogging down LA is Detroit’s three-point shooting. The Pistons are 7 of 10 from behind the arc and they have consistently hit the threes at key times – many of the times after the Clippers got as close as three or five.

Charlie Villanueva has three of the three-pointers for Detroit and leads the team with 14 points. Ben Gordon has another two treys and has six.

The Clippers are trying to bounce back from a 0-4 road trip and they not only have to deal with Gordon’s injury, but the loss of Chris Kaman – who is out for a couple of weeks with a sprained ankle.

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