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Clippers have a tough time slowing down Karl-Anthony Towns in loss to Timberwolves

Clippers have a tough time slowing down Karl-Anthony Towns in loss to Timberwolves

The thumb injury that will sideline star point guard Chris Paul for six to eight weeks was a punch in the gut to the Clippers on Tuesday. Their 104-101 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves on Thursday night at Staples Center, ending their seven-game winning streak, was a kick in the teeth, almost literally.

Minnesota center Karl-Anthony Towns, a former Kentucky star who was the first pick in the 2015 draft, scored 37 points, 27 in the second half, including a fall-away 18-foot jumper over the outstretched arm of DeAndre Jordan to give the Timberwolves a 102-101 lead with 44.9 seconds to play. 

Towns, who made 17 of 24 shots, also punctuated a 17-8 run to end the third...

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