Clippers collapse in fourth quarter, lose Timberwolves in first play-in game

Karl-Anthony Towns had a night to forget on Tuesday. In 24:17 against the Los Angeles Clippers, he was held to 11 points on 3-of-11 shooting from the field and early into the fourth quarter, 

One would expected the Clippers to run away with the game after that, but it was actually the Timberwolves that picked up the intensity in KAT’s absence.

 The Clippers tried their best to match that intensity but ultimately fell short, losing 109-104 at the Target Center. 

 They’ll now play whoever wins between the San Antonio Spurs and New Orleans Pelicans in another play-in game on Thursday.

The easiest thing to do would be to say that the Clippers ran out of gas in the fourth quarter and were overwhelmed by the Timberwolves’ home court advantage,

Specifically, the Clippers turned the ball over 17 times, something you just can’t do against a team as offensively sound as the Timberwolves.

The Clippers also had another night of scattered cold scoring stretches, which weren’t helped by their percentage from the free-throw line (74-1%).

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