"It's really nice," Blake Griffin said of the win, "but I think the best part about it was the way we executed."
The Clippers turned a six-point deficit into a 37-point advantage through great ball movement, effective defense and activity on the boards.
The Clippers finished with five players in double figures, outrebounded the Timberwolves, 50-32, and held Minnesota to 43% shooting.
After a slow, underwhelming start to the sesaon, point guard Chris Paul said the team is finally settling into the rhythm that it had last year.
"Our defense is sort of starting to find itself," Paul said. "I think the last three or four games of that road trip, we really started to build that trust. That's when we're at our best, getting out in transition and moving the ball. Earlier in the season the ball was sticking .... We're just moving the ball and making the right plays right now."
One of the reasons the Clippers are moving the ball so well is because guard J.J. Redick has begun to play well. He has scored in double figures in the last seven games, including 23 points on Monday. When he's hot, the opposing team has to space the floor, and can't crowd Blake Griffin and Paul.
"I just think as a shooter, you want to see your first couple of shots go in," Redick said Monday after the win over Minnesota. "Tonight, it was my first three or four shots. I just feel like it just gives me confidence. You know, that's any guy who shoots a basketball."
It's all water under the bridge now.
Said Rivers: "It was not that big of a deal, guys."