The Los Angeles Clippers salvaged the finale of their recent trip with a strong defensive effort, though it hasn't been necessary with the way they're scoring at home.
That may have to change when Kevin Love and the Timberwolves visit Staples Center seeking Minnesota's best start in 12 years.
The Clippers will try to put together a complete performance Monday night as they try to open 3-0 at home for the first time since 2006-07.
Following losses in Orlando and Miami, Los Angeles (4-3) managed to avoid a winless three-game road swing by rallying past Houston 107-94 on Saturday.
The Clippers outscored the Rockets 61-39 in the second half - including an 18-0 run during one stretch. Houston had scored 118 in a 19-point loss at Staples on Nov. 4, but Los Angeles held the Rockets well below their season average (105.6) this time.
"I kept telling them to hang in there," said coach Doc Rivers, whose club allowed 98.0 points per game on the trip after giving up 11...