Clippers edge Timberwolves 109-107

BETH HARRIS, AP Sports Writer
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Blake Griffin had 25 points and 10 rebounds, Chris Paul added 21 points and the Los Angeles Clippers held off the Minnesota Timberwolves 109-107 on Monday night after Kevin Love missed a tip-in at the buzzer.

Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin, right, drives against Minnesota Timberwolves center Nikola Pekovic, of Montenegro, during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Nov. 11, 2013, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won 109-107. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin, right, drives against Minnesota Timberwolves center Nikola Pekovic, of Montenegro, during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Nov. 11, 2013, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won 109-107. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Kevin Martin missed a jumper that Nikola Pekovic rebounded, only to miss the layup. Love grabbed the ball and missed again to end the Wolves’ two-game winning streak.

Paul had 11 assists, Jamal Crawford scored 18 points and DeAndre Jordan had 14 points and 11 rebounds to help the Clippers improve to 3-0 at home.

Martin scored 30 points for the Wolves, who lost their sixth straight against the Clippers.

Pekovic added 25 points, and Love had 23 points and 19 rebounds. They ended a 22-game series losing streak against the Lakers on Sunday, and nearly stopped their skid against Staples Center’s other NBA team.

Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love, center, battles for a rebound with Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan, left, and forward Blake Griffin during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Nov. 11, 2013, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love, center, battles for a rebound with Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan, left, and forward Blake Griffin during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Nov. 11, 2013, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan dunks during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Minnesota Timberwolves, Monday, Nov. 11, 2013, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan dunks during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Minnesota Timberwolves, Monday, Nov. 11, 2013, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul, left, and Minnesota Timberwolves guard Ricky Rubio, of Spain, battle for a rebound during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Nov. 11, 2013, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul, left, and Minnesota Timberwolves guard Ricky Rubio, of Spain, battle for a rebound during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Nov. 11, 2013, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin, below, trips with the ball as Minnesota Timberwolves guard Kevin Martin looks on during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Nov. 11, 2013, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin, below, trips with the ball as Minnesota Timberwolves guard Kevin Martin looks on during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Nov. 11, 2013, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

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