LOS ANGELES – Karl-Anthony Towns scored 24 points, Anthony Edwards added 23 and the Minnesota Timberwolves pulled away in the second half for a 121-100 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday night in a matchup of two of the top teams in the Western Conference.
Rudy Gobert had a double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds as the Timberwolves (37-16) remained atop the Western Conference with their third win in the last four games.
Paul George and Kawhi Leonard led the Clippers (35-17) with 18 points apiece and James Harden added 17.
George became the Clippers’ career 3-point leader with 7:23 remaining in the third quarter, hitting his 739th to surpass Eric Piatkowski.
Los Angeles, which is 27-7 since the start of December, is 35-17 overall.
The Timberwolves trailed 53-49 at halftime, but seized control in the third quarter, outscoring the Clippers 40-19.
Minnesota trailed 64-62 midway through the quarter before it went on a 27-8 run to close the third.
The Timberwolves had a 12-2 spurt to close the quarter as Towns scored eight straight points and Edwards had a reverse layup to give them an 89-72 advantage going into the fourth quarter.
Minnesota was 12 of 19 from the field in the quarter. Edwards and Towns were both 6 of 6 at the line as the Timberwolves made all 13 of their foul shots in the period.
Meanwhile, the Clippers were 7 of 20 from the field and committed five turnovers that resulted in six Minnesota points.
The Timberwolves’ largest lead was 24 points during the fourth quarter.
Timberwolves: At Portland for two straight games beginning Tuesday.
Clippers: At Golden State on Wednesday.
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