LAst Night's Action: Clippers Hold Off T-Wolves
LA Clippers defeat Minnesota Timberwolves 91-87. In reference to their suspension for Friday night’s game, Clippers play-by-play announcer Ralph Lawler after describing Timberwolves backup forward Nathan Jawai’s play told his partner Mike Smith, “And I’m not going to ask where Jawai is from.” The Clippers started out lackadaisical while the Wolves were shooting over 50% to start off the game. But as the game went on, that shooting percentage went down while the Clippers found the energy thanks to Al Thornton who had a monster game with 31 points on 11-for-16 shooting with 10 rebounds. Baron Davis did not have a single point in the game going into the final seconds. In the final minute with only a 89-87 lead Baron drove to the hoop for a layup with 8.5 seconds left in the game, his first score being perhaps the most crucial. With the back-to-back win giving the Clippers a 6-9 record, the T-Wolves remain with only one win.
Anaheim Ducks defeat Calgary Flames 3-2 (SO). The Ducks had a 2-1 lead after the first period thanks to Bobby Ryan and Ryan Getzlaf scoring goals just over a minute apart. They held on to the lead for the rest of the game until Jarome Iginla hit a wrist shot on a break with 18 seconds left to go in the game. Teemu Salanne would score the only goal in the shootout to clinch the game.
UCLA Bruins defeat Pepperdine Waves 71-52. A week since their opening day embarrassment at the hands of Cal State Fullerton in front of a national audience, UCLA is starting to get things together. They have started to resemble the defense that is coach Ben Howland’s trademark, and they’re starting to knock down some shots. However despite facing a Pepperdine team that is in the middle of severe reconstruction, they only held a five point lead midway through the second half. But Drew Gordon took over the game scoring seven points of a 12-1 UCLA run to help put the Waves away.
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