Clippers have come through down the stretch in past two games

Blake Griffin is defended by Minnesota’s Ricky Rubio in Monday’s game at Minnesota/AP photo by Jim Mone


The Clippers have the reputation of a team that has difficulty finishing games. They have finished the past two just fine.

They trailed the Orlando Magic by 10 points with 5:27 left in the game Saturday at Staples Center, went on a 13-0 run and defeated the Magic 103-101. The Clippers executed down the stretch.

Monday, the Clippers trailed by three points at Minnesota with a minute to play and won by four (110-106). Again, they came through in crunch-time.

Coach Doc Rivers was stoked about the improvement.

“We just had a resolve again,” he said. “Back-to-back games.”

The Clippers have four more games left on this five-game road trip. The stiffest test figures to be Thursday at Chicago, which is 11-7 as of this writing. The Clippers will first play Wednesday at Milwaukee (9-13).