Timberwolves Take Bite Out of Hapless Clippers

Jefferson continues to show he was valued part of Garnett trade
By Mike Buss,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 17, 2008 11:16 PM CDT
Los Angeles Clippers' Brevin Knight, left, and Corey Maggette (50) pressure Minnesota Timberwolves' Marko Jaric (55), of Serbia, in the fourth quarter on Monday, March 17, 2008 in Minneapolis.   (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
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(Newser) – Minnesota got out of the basement of the NBA's Northwest Division with a 99-90 victory over Los Angeles' other team Monday, thanks to the work of Al Jefferson, who notched 22 points and 14 rebounds. The Timberwolves got their fourth win in six games and second in nine days against the Clippers, who were led by Corey Maggette's 34 points, reports AP.

A 13-4 run by Minnesota put the margin at 81-70 early in the fourth and the Clippers never got closer than seven afterward, in a game that meant nothing more than positioning for draft lottery ping pong balls. Minnesota's Ryan Gomes scored 19 points, while Rashad McCants added 16. Jefferson's double-double was his 48th of the season, second to Orlando's Dwight Howard.