The new day-after
Oh, goody probably won't be among them.
The severely short-handed Clippers came out on the wrong end of two controversial sequences but persevered Monday night for a 110-105 victory over the
"It was the wildest two minutes we've had in a while," Clippers Coach
Clippers shooting guard
The Timberwolves then had a chance to tie the score in the final seconds after being awarded the ball even though point guard
"Being on the road for six days, it was a great win for us," Redick said. "It might have been the best win of the trip."
The Clippers started the game without Blake Griffin (elbow) and
They got contributions from nearly every remaining player during a zany game in which they lost an 18-point lead in the first half before rallying from a seven-point deficit.
Center DeAndre Jordan finished with 18 rebounds and 12 points, his franchise-record ninth consecutive game with at least 15 rebounds.
Rubio had a triple-double with 18 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists for the Timberwolves, who were missing starters
The Clippers reserves filled in capably for their starting counterparts.
Jordan Hamilton, replacing Barnes at small forward, scored 10 points in his first start as a Clipper. Forward
Austin Rivers scored 13 points, played solid defense on rookie sensation Andrew Wiggins in the second half and survived a run-in with Garnett late in the fourth quarter that resulted in a technical foul on each player.
Rivers bumped Garnett while walking to a timeout huddle with 3:23 left, prompting Garnett to nudge Rivers and point at him.
Rivers said afterward that Garnett had elbowed him earlier in the game, leading to a red welt on his forehead, and hit him in the stomach, knocking the wind out of him. So did Rivers — whose father Doc used to coach Garnett with the
"I was walking to my bench and he was in my way and I wasn't moving," Rivers said.
Redick also was unyielding about his role in the dust-up with Saunders. Redick said he had asked referees to intervene after Saunders walked on the court during a dead ball.
"I'm not sure why he was out on the court, but he was yelling and stuff, so I said to the ref, 'Man, get him off the court,'" Redick said. "And Flip turned to me and said, 'Man, shut the . . . up.' And he said it like three times. And I just walked to my spot and I got a double technical for that.
"So I shouldn't have kept talking, but all I said to [referee] Josh [Tiven] was, 'I'm going to get my money back' and he threw me out for that. If I'm going to get thrown out, man, at least let me say some stuff."
The Clippers ended up with the final say on the scoreboard, the only place that mattered.