Minneapolis, Minn. (AP) – Blake Griffin had 19 points and 13 rebounds and Caron Butler scored 17 points to lead the Los Angeles Clippers to a 95-82 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Thursday night.
Mo Williams had 14 points and five assists in his return for the CLippers, who entered the night 1 1/2 games behind the Lakers for the third seed in the West and just a 1/2 game ahead of Memphis for the fourth seed.
Michael Beasley had 14 points and 10 rebounds and J.J. Barea had 10 points and 11 assists for the Timberwolves, who have lost eight straight games. They’ve lost 24 in a row in the month of April dating back to 2009.
The Wolves were playing without All-Star Kevin Love, who missed the game with a mild concussion.
Love out vs Clippers with concussion
Minneapolis, Minn (AP) – Timberwolves All-Star Kevin Love has been cleared to return to Minnesota, but it is uncertain when his concussion will allow him to return to the court.
Love was injured Wednesday night in Denver when he took an elbow to the head from JaVale McGee. Love remained in a Denver hospital overnight for observation and was cleared to return home Thursday.
Love was ruled out of the game Thursday night against the Clippers. The team says he will continue to be evaluated in the coming days to monitor his progress.
He is fourth in the NBA in scoring at 26 points per game, second in rebounding and second in minutes played.
After facing the Clippers, the Wolves next play at home against Oklahoma City on Saturday night.