Timberwolves can't extend winning streak, lose to ClippersMinnesota News
-- Former Minnesota T-Wolves player Chauncey Billups had seven points and three assists in his return for the Clippers as they defeated his former team 101-95 last night in LA.
(Los Angeles, CA) -- Former Minnesota T-Wolves player Chauncey Billups had seven points and three assists in his return for the Clippers as they defeated his former team 101-95 last night in LA.
Billups had missed the first 14 games with a variety of injuries. Chris Paul posted 23 points and 11 assists to help Los Angeles snap a four game losing streak. Kevin Love was able to put up 19 points despite shooting 3-of-12 from the field with 12 rebounds. Alexey Shved added 17 points with three buckets from behind the arc in the loss.
The Wolves were playing without Andrei Kirilenko, who was suffering from back spasms. Minnesota is 6-8 on the year and will host Milwaukee tomorrow night.
Timberwolves guard Ricky Rubio has been cleared to participate in full contact practice. The team will then assess his ability to participate in an NBA game after monitoring his progress in practice. Rubio has been out since having surgery on his torn ACL and LCL in his left knee on March 21st.
Brooklyn's Joe Johnson scored a game-high 18 points to go with six assists as the Nets knocked off the Celtics 95-83 last night in Beantown. A brawl broke out in the first half, which led to the ejections of Brooklyn forwards Kris Humphries of Hopkins and Gerald Wallace and Boston guard Rajon Rondo. Humphries, a former Golden Gopher star, fouled former Wolves star Kevin Garnett on a shot attempt, sending Garnett sprawling under the basket. Wallace and Rondo responded by shoving Humphries with a scrum ensuing. Garnett had 16 points and 10 boards for Boston, which dropped to 8-7. Rondo scored six points and had three assists, which ends his streak of double-digit assists at 37 straight games. The Celtics host the Portland Trail Blazers tomorrow night.
The Houston Rockets had a tough day on Wednesday on and off the court. The Rockets attended the funeral of head coach Kevin McHale's 23-year-old daughter Alexandra "Sasha" McHale, who passed away Saturday after a long battle with lupus, an auto-immune disease. The funeral was in Minneapolis yesterday. The Rockets then flew to Oklahoma City to take on the Thunder, who beat the Rockets 120-98. It also marked the return to Oklahoma City for James Harden, who was traded to Houston in October in a multi-player deal. McHale, a former Wolves coach and Golden Gopher star, took a leave of absence earlier this month to be with his daughter. Assistant coach Kelvin Sampson has been coaching the team in McHale's absence.
The Washington Wizards finally earned their first win of the season with a 84-82 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers. Washington's record is now 1-and-12. Wizards head coach Randy Wittman made reference to Minnesota in explaining after the win that his team broke through some thick ice to finally get a win. Jordan Crawford led the Wizards with 19 points off the bench. The Wizards are at Madison Square Garden facing the Knicks on Friday.