The Minnesota Timberwolves found a way to take DeAndre Jordan out of the game.
There was nothing they could do about Chris Paul and Jamal Crawford.
With Crawford hitting shots from all over the court and Paul making a defiant defensive play on his way to another double-double, the Clippers held on for a 109-107 victory over the Timberwolves on Monday night at Staples Center.
First they had to endure a hold-your-breath finish.
The Timberwolves had three chances to tie the score in the game's final moments, but Kevin Martin missed a forced 16-foot jumper and Nikola Pekovic and Kevin Love couldn't convert put-backs. Love smiled in disbelief after his shot hung on the rim for a second before falling away.
"We got fortunate at the end," Clippers Coach Doc Rivers said. "I mean, that was a point-blank tip."
Crawford banked in a 51-foot heave to end the third quarter, the prelude to his 10-point fourth quarter that included a three-pointer and a driving layup. He finished with 18 poin...