They needed to show they could sustain that kind of success at home.
An entire month had passed with the Clippers somehow posting a far better record outside of
Home started to feel like home again Monday night for the Clippers, who extended their winning streak to five games with a 127-101 romp over the
Of course, the Clippers will soon have to play teams not missing more than half their starters.
The severely undermanned Timberwolves could not counter
Griffin faked out
It was a display worthy of the Western Conference player-of-the-week award Griffin had won earlier in the day. He finished with 23 points on eight-for-14 shooting to go with eight rebounds before departing with more than three minutes left in the third quarter and the Clippers leading by 33 points. No Clippers starter played more than 26 minutes in the team's most one-sided win this season.
"The best part about it is the way we executed," Griffin said. "The win is great and all that, but the way our bench came in and did what they needed to do and then we came back in and kept the lead and didn't have any slippage, I thought that was the best part."
Griffin celebrated by giving New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski his jersey after the game amid a surreal locker room scene that also included an appearance by singer Justin Bieber.
The Timberwolves missed dunks, airballed jumpers and botched a four-on-one fastbreak, all things one might expect from a team missing three starters.
Shabazz Muhammad scored 18 points for what was left of the Timberwolves, who did manage to secure a victory over the Lakers on Friday before leaving town.
Winning six of seven games on their recent trip only nudged the Clippers (12-5) into seventh place in their ultra-competitive conference, a reminder of the significance of beating teams as short-handed as the Timberwolves, particularly at Staples Center.
The Clippers had lost three of their first seven games at home, suffering nearly half as many defeats as the seven they had all of last season. Coach
"It has to be a tough place to play and teams have to know when they come in here they're going to have to fight," Griffin said.
It requires the kind of performance that Redick put on against the Timberwolves. The shooting guard made seven of 11 shots, four of five from three-point range, and did his best Jamal Crawford impersonation by getting fouled on two of the three-pointers.
"He learned that from Jamal," Rivers joked, referring to the
Minnesota was more than competitive in the early going, leading by six points early in the second quarter before the Clippers bench sparked a 17-2 run that permanently swung the momentum. Center-forward
"The second unit was great," Rivers said. "They saw what we were not doing and came in and did it, and everyone joined in."