The Rundown: Wolves, Jazz, Clippers earn wins

Published April 9, 2023, 1:00 PMPolo Bustamante

The Wolves took down the Spurs, the Jazz held off the Nuggets, and the Clippers scored a victory over the Trail Blazers.


Jazz 118, Nuggets 114

Timberwolves 151, Spurs 131

Clippers 136, Trail Blazers 125

What went down

It was a light day of basketball today. But that doesn’t mean that the games didn’t have heavy playoff implications. The Minnesota Timberwolves avoided a massive upset against an eliminated West opponent, helping boost their postseason campaign.

The Timberwolves locked in their play-in spot with a statement win over the San Antonio Spurs. It was an all-out offensive affair as both teams combined for more than 280 points in today’s game. 

The Wolves got off to an iffy start as they found themselves tied with the Spurs at 35-all after the first period. Minnesota found their range in the second quarter and built a double-digit lead from multiple makes beyond the arc. They continued to drop buckets on the Spurs in the third quarter, building a lead as large as 28 points allowing them to cruise to an easy win. 

Anthony Edwards led the way with 33 points and four treys. Karl-Anthony Towns had 22 points and eight rebounds while Mike Conley contributed 20 points and five assists.

Big-time baller

By all accounts, it was a rough game for Kawhi Leonard. He scored 27 points but hit only seven of his 17 shots to get to his total. It’s not the total that got him the Big-time Baller status for today. It was the timing of his points that mattered more.

The LA Clippers were down six points heading into halftime against a tanking Portland Trail Blazers team. A loss would have been a huge blow to LA’s playoff chances. That’s why in the third quarter, Leonard took over.

The Klaw scored 13 of his points in the third quarter and was instrumental to a 14-2 run early in the second half. That blast allowed the Clippers to take over the game and hold off the pesky Blazers.

What he said 

Just a few hours ago, Mike Malone called his team “soft” after an embarrassing 21-point loss to the lottery-bound Houston Rockets. They were looking to bounce back today against a Utah Jazz team playing without several of their key players.

That revenge win didn’t materialize for the West-leading Denver Nuggets. They lost a close contest to the Jazz even with MVP Nikola Jokic playing a huge chunk of the game. Needless to say, Malone was not happy with how his team played today.

The Nuggets have a chance to end the season on a high note in their season finale against the Sacramento Kings.

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