Minnesota beats Clippers 101-98

Kevin Love hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give the Timberwolves the 101-98 win over the Clippers at Staples Center.

After Ricky Rubio tied the score at 98 with a 3-point shot with 20 seconds left, the Clippers (8-5) had one last chance to win.

Chauncey Billups got the inbounds pass and ran the clock down to a few seconds before he drove into the lane and shot, but it missed and the Wolves (7-8) got the rebound. A foul stopped the clock with 1.5 seconds left and Minnesota gained possession and the chance for the last shot.

Minnesota got to inbound the ball on their end of the court and the pass went to Love, who shot the three from far behind the line at the top of the key. DeAndre Jordan was defending him, but he got stuck behind a screen at the foul line, which delayed his covering Love, who was wide open.

Love finished the game with 17 points and 14 rebounds and Darko Milicic led Minnesota in scoring with 22 points and he grabbed seven rebounds.

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(Kevin Love, in black, tries to pass over the Clippers’ Blake Griffin)

Mo Williams, who was ejected from the game with three minutes left, led the Clippers with 25 points and Blake Griffin scored 21 and had 10 rebounds. Billups finished with 20 points and Randy Foye, starting in place of Chris Paul, added 12.

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(Mo Williams drives into the lane for the Clippers)

Paul didn’t play due to his hamstring injury, nor did Caron Butler, who hyperextended his knee in the game against Utah.

The Clippers next play Toronto at home on Sunday. Tipoff is at 12:30 p.m.

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