NBA: Timberwolves rally to beat Clippers, Kawhi Leonard injured

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Minnesota Timberwolves guard Anthony Edwards (5) takes an off-balance shot in opposition to Los Angeles Clippers guard Terance Mann (14), ahead Paul George (13) and guard Norman Powell (24) through the first half of an NBA basketball sport Tuesday, March 12, 2024, in Los Angeles. (AP Picture/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

LOS ANGELES — Anthony Edwards scored 37 factors, Nickeil Alexander-Walker added a season-high 28 and the Minnesota Timberwolves roared again from an early 22-point deficit for a 118-100 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday night time within the NBA.

Kawhi Leonard left the sport with again spasms between the primary two quarters, the Clippers mentioned. He performed the whole first quarter, however he was seen leaving the Clippers’ downtown area through the second quarter.

Mike Conley scored 23 factors with 5 3-pointers for the Timberwolves, who averted their first three-game shedding streak of the season with an enormous rally following Leonard’s departure. Rudy Gobert had eight factors and 11 rebounds earlier than leaving the sport late with an obvious chest damage.

After trailing 57-35 halfway by way of the second quarter, Minnesota seized management within the second half and completed the crew’s largest comeback since November 2012.

Paul George scored 22 factors and James Harden had 12 for the Clippers, who’ve misplaced two straight video games for under the second time since Christmas. George and Leonard returned after they skipped the Clippers’ residence loss to Milwaukee within the membership’s second residence tipoff in 22 hours final Sunday, though Leonard didn’t final lengthy.

Alexander-Walker hit 5 3-pointers throughout his highest-scoring efficiency in a Minnesota uniform whereas the Timberwolves improved to 2-2 on their six-game street journey.

Though Karl-Anthony Cities is out with the knee damage that’s more likely to sideline him till the playoffs, Gobert returned from a one-game absence with a proper hamstring damage. Gobert then apparently injured his ribs or sternum sooner or later within the second half, heading to the locker room in apparent ache.

Kyle Anderson had 10 factors and 7 assists in his return to the Timberwolves’ beginning lineup after an absence with proper shoulder ache, however guard Monte Morris missed his third straight sport with a strained left hamstring.

Minnesota dedicated six turnovers whereas falling behind by 15 factors within the first quarter, and Los Angeles’ lead ballooned to 57-35 halfway by way of the second earlier than the Wolves made a 20-2 run shortly earlier than halftime. The Wolves took their first lead early within the third quarter, and the Clippers managed simply 15 factors with 9 turnovers within the interval.

Cities underwent surgical procedure on the torn meniscus in his left knee, and the Timberwolves received’t consider him for an additional 4 weeks. He appears more likely to miss the remainder of the common season, however coach Chris Finch mentioned Cities’ absence for a lot of final season with a calf damage ready Minnesota for his present absence.

“Everyone goes by way of a troublesome stretch sooner or later (due to accidents),” Finch mentioned. “We’re getting it now.”

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Timberwolves: At Utah on Saturday.

Clippers: At Chicago on Thursday.

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