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Maggette's late jumper lifts Clippers past Timberwolves

Jan 11, 2007 - 5:27 AM MINNEAPOLIS (Ticker) -- Corey Maggette prevented the Minnesota Timberwolves from playing a fourth consecutive overtime game.

Maggette scored 21 points - including a 21-foot jumper with 4.8 seconds remaining - to lead the Los Angeles Clippers to a 92-91 victory over the Timberwolves.

Elton Brand also added 21 points for the Clippers, who won their second straight contest to gain a split of their six-game road trip, which raised their record to 5-13 away from home.

"This game was the biggest road game we had on the trip because of the standings and where the Timberwolves stand (in terms of their record)," Clippers coach Mike Dunleavy said. "We have to take this home and build on it."

Minnesota had won its last four games - three in overtime - and missed becoming the first team in league history to play four straight overtime contests.

"We didn't get to the free-throw line as much (as in past games)," Minnesota coach Dwane Casey said. "They played a lot of zone. I don't think that this was our A game or even our B game and it comes down to two rebounds."

After Cuttino Mobley missed a layup with 10 seconds remaining, he retrieved his own rebound and knocked the ball to Brand, who set up Maggette for the go-ahead basket from the right corner.

"My job is to go out there and play my man and score," Maggette said. "I wasn't expected to hit the game-winner but I am expected to be productive for this team. I am just glad we got the win."

"After I got the rebound, I heard (Maggette) saying, 'EB! EB!'" Brand said. "We've been playing together for a long time so I am accustomed to his voice and he knocked it down."

Following a timeout, Kevin Garnett missed a foul-line jumper for Minnesota as time expired.

"In this game, you always want to give yourself a chance to win, and we felt like we, for the most part, had control of the game," Garnett said. "They just had one more point than we did."

"When Kevin shot it, I thought we won," Timberwolves guard Bracey Wright said. "From where I was sitting, it looked good to me. ... As long as he takes them, he's going to make his fair share and he's going to miss some. Tonight, he missed."

Rookie Randy Foye hit 1-of-2 free throws with 52 seconds remaining to give the Timberwolves an 89-88 lead. Maggette followed by hitting a pair of foul shots with 39 seconds left before Trenton Hassell buried a 17-foot jumper with 25 seconds to go to give the Timberwolves a 91-90 edge.

Maggette made 5-of-10 from the floor and all 11 free throws, former Timberwolves guard Sam Cassell scored 18 points and Chris Kaman added 12 for the Clippers.

"Nothing (Maggette) does surprises me," Cassell said. "Corey (is) a guy who rebounds the ball extremely well for a two-guard. He attacks the basket well (and) makes shots. He's got all the aspects."

"Corey played a great game for us," Dunleavy said. "He was efficient. He and all the guys that came in did a really good job for us."

Ricky Davis scored 21 points, Mark Blount had 21 and Garnett 19 with 17 rebounds for Minnesota, which had a five-game home winning streak stopped.

"I told one of the assistants that the team that puts some pace in the game is going to be the team that wins," Garnett said. "I thought we did that in the third quarter. We got away from some things in the fourth quarter."

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