Rookie Lamar Odom played like a veteran down the stretch Wednesday night.
Odom, who played all 48 minutes, clinched the win by sinking a running hook shot over Kevin Garnett with 16 seconds left. The shot, released just as the shot clock was about to expire, capped a 23-8 run that helped the Clippers snap a four-game losing streak.
"I was about to pull a 3-pointer, but I knew if I missed they could tie the game," Odom said. "Garnett has so much athletic ability, I just tried to float it over him."
Odom scored five consecutive points to pull the Clippers within 83-80 with 2:42 to play, then Brian Skinner got Los Angeles within a point with a dunk.
Following a Wolves turnover, Michael Olowokandi hit two free throws with 1:30 left to give Los Angeles its first lead since 7:52 remained in the third quarter. After Kevin Garnett missed at the other end, Eric Murdock converted a three-point play with 49.5 seconds left to cap a 9-0 run.
Joe Smith hit a jumper to pull Minnesota within two, but dom answered at the other end.
"Lamar, to be a rookie and only 20 years old, has so much confidence," Murdock said. "I think all great players have a certain cockiness about them that allow them to think they can't be stopped."
Timberwolves coach Flip Saunders said Odom "showed why he's probably going to be rookie of the year."
Tyrone Nesby added 20 points and Olowokandi and Murdock had 16 each for the Clippers.
Garnett scored 23 points for Minnesota and tied a franchise record with 20 rebounds. Malik Sealy added 17 points off the bench.
"If you don't put teams away, this is what happens," Garnett said. "They hung around for a while and they gained confidence. Confidence is everything in this league."
After the teams ended the first half tied at 45, the Wolves outscored the Clippers 25-16 in the third quarter, ending it with a 16-6 run for a 70-61 lead. Wally Szczerbiak scored 10 of his 11 points in the quarter.
Minnesota shot only 39 percent from the field and finished with its lowest scoring output of the year.
"Our defense was absolutely excellent from the seven-minute mark on," Clippers coach Chris Ford said. "That's what won the game for us."
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