Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 1/17/13
MINNEAPOLIS -- This is the difference between a team fighting for a playoff berth and a team fighting for the top spot in the NBA's ultra-competitive Western Conference. On Thursday at Target Center, the Los Angeles Clippers were without All-Star point guard Chris Paul. Still, the Clippers went out and used their impressive depth to record a 90-77 victory over Minnesota. The Timberwolves? Already without Kevin Love for the foreseeable future, they shook their collective heads as center Nikola Pekovic (quad contusion) and guard Alexey Shved (turned ankle) left the game in the second half, making an already untenable injury situation that much worse. Two ends of the spectrum. The Clippers (31-9) finished their three-game road trip 3-0 -- all without Paul. They have won six of their past seven games. The Wolves, meanwhile, matched a season high with their fifth straight loss, dropping to 16-20. Los Angeles trails the Oklahoma City Thunder by a half-game for the NBA's best rec...
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