Regular Season Series (Game 3 of 4)

Series starts 12/31

Game 1: Monday, December 31st
Game 2: Friday, February 1st
Game 3: Saturday, March 8th
Game 4: Monday, March 17th

Timberwolves 99

(14-48, 4-26 away)

Clippers 96

(20-41, 12-22 home)

    7:30 PM ET, March 8, 2008

    STAPLES Center, Los Angeles, CA

    1 2 3 4 T
    MIN 25 14 34 2699
    LAC 23 24 31 1896

    Top Performers

    Min: A. Jefferson 30 Pts, 12 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl, 2 Blk

    LAC: C. Kaman 16 Pts, 13 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl, 2 Blk

    Timberwolves-Clippers Preview


    Coming off one of their best shooting performances on the road, the lowly Minnesota Timberwolves look to win consecutive games away from home for the first time this season on Saturday night when they visit the last-place Los Angeles Clippers.

    The Timberwolves (13-48), last in the Western Conference, are a league-worst 3-26 on the road. However, they managed to shoot 51.8 percent from the floor on Friday in a 111-103 victory at Sacramento that snapped a six-game road losing streak, during which it converted 40.9 percent of its shots.

    Minnesota hasn't won two straight away from the Target Center since April 1-6.

    "It does not matter if we won at home or on the road," Timberwolves coach Randy Wittman said. "We had about as good a practice (Thursday) as we have had all year. We worked on moving the ball, sharing, and making plays for teammates. The way we played was great. We won this game yesterday at practice."

    Al Jefferson, the Wolves' leader with career highs of 21.3 points and 11.7 rebounds per game, is looking to build on a strong performance. The forward-center had 21 points and 13 boards against the Kings after tallying 11 and 10, respectively, in a 105-76 loss at Utah two nights earlier in the opener of a three-game road trip.

    Jefferson has been impressive in two matchups this season against the Clippers (20-40), totaling 48 points and 26 rebounds. He had 25 points and 11 boards in the most recent meeting, a 104-83 home victory on Feb. 1.

    The Clippers struggled defensively in a 119-82 loss to the red-hot Los Angeles Lakers on Friday, as they allowed their rivals to shoot 12-for-17 from 3-point range. The loss came two nights after the Clippers beat Sacramento 116-109 in double overtime to end a six-game slide.

    After shooting 10-for-34 (29.4 percent) from the field in his previous two games, forward Corey Maggette was better against the Lakers, scoring 22 points on 8-for-18 from the floor. He is averaging 21.0 points in his last three games, making 25-of-29 from the free throw line.

    Maggette, who did not play in the last meeting against Minnesota due to the flu, scored 17 points in a 91-82 victory over the Wolves at Staples Center on Dec. 31.

    Chris Kaman had 16 points, 16 rebounds and five blocks in that contest. The center, who is averaging career highs of 16.0 points and 13.1 boards, had 14 points and 11 rebounds against the Lakers -- his third double-double in four games.

    The Clippers learned Thursday that guard Shaun Livingston will miss the rest of the season after having his knee re-examined by Dr. James Andrews. Livingston, who hasn't played since tearing knee ligaments on Feb. 26, 2007, is expected to make a full recovery, but has been slowed by tendinitis in the knee.