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KAT sinks Clippers with late jumper

Karl-Anthony Towns' final bucket of the game gave Minnesota the lead for good and brought his point total to 37 in the 104-101 win. The Timberwolves had previously been 0-10 in games decided by 4 points this season.

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Andrew Han ESPN Writer 

After the Clippers loss to the Timberwolves, Doc Rivers was asked if Blake Griffin could play on the upcoming 5-game road trip: "Yeah, there is... we're going to run him around tomorrow. He's going to do some contact work but it's not going to be full court because we're not going to practice. But I didn't ask the trainers, so I don't know what they think right now."

J.A. Adande @jadande

Ricky Rubio said the tight left hip that sidelined him for most of the game is "not a big thing."

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Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns scored 27 of his 37 points in the second half. His 15 fourth-quarter points is a career high.

Andrew Han ESPN Writer 

Karl-Anthony Towns finished with 37 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists. Ok the TNT postgame in response to his huge effort, Towns said: Put some respek on my name.

Andrew Han ESPN Writer 

DeAndre Jordan is up to a career-high 27 points on 12-for-15 shooting. He's just 3-for-8 from the free throw line though, as the Timberwolves have been mercilessly fouling the C to slow the Clipper down.

J.A. Adande @jadande

The oldest player on the court for the Timberwolves right now is their rookie, Kris Dunn (22)

Michael C. Wright ESPN Staff Writer 

Here's coach Gregg Popovich on the left foot injury that kept Tony Parker out of Thursday's win over the Denver Nuggets: "It has happened before where his ankle kind of gets locked up, and so I think we know what we need to do for it, and I think he'll be back for Cleveland (on Saturday). It was really bothering him. He couldn't go on it at all."

Andrew Han ESPN Writer 

The Timberwolves closed a 12-point deficit down to 2 points against the Clippers in the third. How? A combined 19 points from Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins in the quarter.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Carmelo Anthony says he didn't expect the media to vote for him to be an East All-Star starter. He also says he got into it with a Knicks fan during his franchise record-setting second quarter when he scored 25 points. "He was telling me to wake up, do my job and a professional... as I was scoring there," Anthony said.

Andrew Han ESPN Writer 

One player that had been picking up the slack with so many Clippers starters in and out of the lineup is Austin Rivers. Off the bench the younger Rivers has averaged 8.5 points and 35.9 percent from deep. As a starter? 16.5 points and 42.3 percent from 3. He's up to 15 points midway through the third quarter.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Carmelo Anthony says he has "never seen" anything like what happened at end of tonight when Courtney Lee said Washington assistant Sidney Lowe stepped on court and yelled that help was there for Washington defense, impacting his decision whether to shoot.

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Michael C. Wright ESPN Staff Writer 

Denver's Nikola Jokic is the first Nuggets player to post 3 straight games with 25 points or more and 10 rebounds since Carmelo Anthony on March 15-18, 2010, per @ESPNStatsInfo. He had 35 and 12 against the Spurs.

Michael C. Wright ESPN Staff Writer 

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich on Pau Gasol's fractured left fourth metacarpal: "It was pregame. He and Kyle Anderson got hooked up somehow or another in a layup line or just rebound, and broke the finger. We're going to have it looked at tomorrow. But he's going to be out for a while."

Andrew Han ESPN Writer 

Austin Rivers hit Nemanja Bjelica with a snappy in-out move off a pick-and-roll and Bjelica's ankles went out for the count.

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Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard has his 5th straight 30-point game; joins George Gervin (done 6 times) & Mike Mitchell (done once) as the only players in Spurs history with 30 points in 5 consecutive games.

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With their win over the Knicks, the Wizards are 16-6 since December 8 (best record in the Eastern Conference).

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LeBron James: will be starting in his 13th straight All-Star game. That will tie Bob Cousy for the most consecutive All-Star game starts in NBA history. (Via Elias Sports Bureau)

Andrew Han ESPN Writer 

If you have a +12.1 net rating differential, and shooting 52.4 percent from the field, you'd like to think you're up by more than 3 points. But that's where the Timberwolves are through one quarter. The good news (if you're Minnesota) is Andrew Wiggins is scoring and getting to the line with ease.