LOS ANGELES — The LA Clippers, despite a late comeback effort in the third and fourth quarters, came up short at home against the Minnesota Timberwolves, losing their third in a row, 113-107. The Clippers were down by as many as 19 points before cutting it to three in the fourth quarter.
“I liked our second half effort,” head coach Doc Rivers said of the team’s effort. “I didn’t think we came out with a lot of defensive energy, but I thought in the second half we were better.”
This matchup marked the first time former Clipper Jamal Crawford returned to STAPLES Center and the team played a video tribute for him during the first timeout break of the game. Crawford acknowledge the love from the fans before scoring 11 points in 17 minutes of action.
“He was great, I miss him, he was like a brother to me,” DeAndre Jordan said after the game. “We were together for five years and I still talk to Jamal everyday.We miss him a lot here and I wish him nothing but the best.”
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“I did [feel some emotion], especially during the video,” Crawford said. “When I was out there and I ran up and down, I was just out there like wow, just taking everything in. Then once I started moving around, I was ready to play.”
Jordan did what he does best and dominated the paint with with 21 rebounds to go along with 18 points on 8-of-12 from the field. It was another example of what Jordan can do on the floor, almost bringing the team back from 19 down.
The Clippers host the Washington Wizards Saturday afternoon.