Timberwolves lose to Clippers 113-90; road trip mercifully over
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The longest road trip of the season mercifully came to a conclusion Monday in the Minnesota Timberwolves 113-90 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers.
The Wolves dropped all six games of the road trip and now have lost 11 straight away from the Target Center and 28 of their last 29 dating back to last season.
The defense—which was supposed to be much improved this season—continues to be the Wolves' downfall.
The Wolves rank 30th in the league in points allowed and gave up 113 Monday night to a Clippers team that has averaged just 96.2 this season.
Eric Gordon threw down a game-high 36 points, rookie man-child Blake Griffin had 22 and even former Wolf Ryan Gomes got in on the fun, putting in 22 of his own.
Darko made it past the opening tip Monday but not by much, playing just five minutes before deciding his ankle was just too sore and shut it down for the evening.
It really is a testament to how far Love has come that he can post his league-leading 24th double-double and it is considered an off-night.
Michael Beasley was the Wolves leading scorer with 20 points but only hit 6-of-19 shots in 39 minutes.
With Darko leaving early and Nikola Pekovic being ruled inactive before the game with an ankle injury of his own, the Wolves once again had to go small.
Kosta Koufus was the only healthy center and scored a season-high eight points in 22 minutes.
Webster scored 18 points off the bench on 6-of-11 shooting and added five rebounds and two assists.
The 34 minutes that Webster played is a season-high for him and shows that the reins are now off and he is fully recovered from the back surgery that had held him out since the preseason.
Unfortunately, the same praise cannot be given to Jonny Flynn who, like Webster, also returned last last Tuesday.
Flynn once again came off the bench in relief for Luke Ridnour and had just three points and three assists on 1-of-3 shooting in 20 minutes.
Ridnour once again out-played Flynn with 10 points and six assists in 25 minutes.
Although he has only played five games this season, it is fair to begin wondering what the Wolves have in Flynn.
Flynn continues to be outplayed by the veteran Ridnour—who was brought in to serve as a backup/mentor to the second-year player out of Syracuse.
The Wolves, and their countless problems, return home Wednesday to take on Al Jefferson and the Utah Jazz—Jefferson's first return trip to the Target Center since he was traded over the summer.