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MINNEAPOLIS -- The excuses came ready made for the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday night. Blake Griffin and Jamal Crawford were out with injuries. They were playing their fourth game of a five-game road trip. Chris Paul would have none of that. "I said, Fellas, lets be who we are. We got who we got, lets keep the train moving," Paul told them. "We said, No excuses." And no mercy on a Minnesota Timberwolves team that just wants this massively disappointing season to end. Darren Collison had 28 points and seven assists, and the Clippers didnt miss a beat with Griffin out with a back injury in a 114-104 victory. Paul had 22 points, nine assists and seven rebounds, and Matt Barnes scored 19 points for the Clippers (53-22). Griffin, the teams leading scorer, warmed up before the game but wasnt quite ready after being injured on Saturday night against Houston. Jared Dudley started in his place and scored 16 points, while DeAndre Jordan grabbed a career-high 24 rebounds to help the Clippers pull within two games of Oklahoma City for the second seed in the West. "Everyone keeps track," Dudley said. "We know we have another game against (the Thunder) at home and were just trying to win every game. We want that 2 seed and we know the 1 seed could be tough because San Antonio hasnt lost in a month or so." Kevin Love had 20 points, 13 rebounds and four assists for the Wolves. Crawford was out with a calf injury, but a lacklustre effort by the Wolves starters on the second night of a back-to-back made up for his absence. "Theyve got to bust it," Wolves coach Rick Adelman said. "They owe themselves that. Owe their teammates that; owe the organization, the fans." The Clippers hit 12 of 30 3-pointers and blew the game wide open with a 31-5 run in the third quarter. The Wolves led 59-57 early in the period, but Collison scored 16 points on 7-of-8 shooting in the quarter. The Clippers put their foot on the gas, scoring 13 points in transition during the surge, and punctuating it with a lob pass from Paul to Jordan for an 86-64 lead. Nikola Pekovic left seven minutes into the game when his bothersome right ankle flared up again, and only a spirited effort by Shabazz Muhammad (11 points) and the Timberwolves bench in the fourth quarter kept the game from getting out of hand. The Clippers went 13-2 in March, their second-best month in franchise history, and have won 16 of their last 18 to improve to more than 30 games over .500 for the first time in the teams 44-year history. And Paul has instilled this team with a nastiness that could serve it well in the post-season. With a 14-point lead and just over four minutes to play, the 6-foot Paul went up to swat a dunk attempt by Minnesotas 6-foot-11 rookie Gorgui Dieng. Paul was called for a foul, but he also sent Dieng crashing to the court. Message delivered. "Thats the attitude that we have to have that no matter what the obstacles you just keep playing," coach Doc Rivers said. "We have enough guys, and thats what we talked about today. We didnt mention the injuries. ... You just go out and play and itll work out if you believe that and play well." The Timberwolves were supposed to be in the playoff picture with the Clippers this season, but their 36-37 record to this point makes them one of the biggest disappointments in the league. Ricky Rubio had just three points on 1-for-6 shooting with five turnovers, Love was 8 for 21 and Kevin Martin was a non-factor with 12 points on 4-for-14 shooting. "Its definitely tough right now," Love said. "Weve got to try to finish this thing strong and just try to play well. ... Were a little beat up right now, but we still have to come and play and try to give it our best. But thats a very good team right there." NOTES: The Clippers hosted Iowa coach Fran McCaffery and his 14-year-old son, Patrick, who had a malignant tumour removed from his thyroid last month. Paul has been a vocal supporter of Patricks ever since first hearing about the boys situation. Patrick is a big fan of Paul, and the All-Star guard called him the day before he had surgery. ... Glen Davis had two points in four minutes after getting sent to the locker room against Houston for what Clippers coach Doc Rivers called an attitude problem. ... Love set the franchise record for made free throws in the first quarter, surpassing the 465 made by Tom Gugliotta in 1996-97. Discount Adidas Shoes Online . Hes the same player he always was, only now his efforts are being rewarded. The rookie manager has made a habit of heaping praise on others when things are going well, and accepting criticism when they arent. 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North Dakota States reign as the three-time FCS national champion was pushed to the limit by South Dakota State on Saturday, but freshman R.Miami, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Justin Thomas accounted for four touchdowns and No. 10 Georgia Tech gouged eighth-ranked Mississippi State for an Orange Bowl record 452 rushing yards in a 49-34 rout on Wednesday night. Thomas finished with 121 yards on the ground with three touchdowns and also threw for 125 yards with a score and an interception, earning Orange Bowl MVP honors. Synjyn Days rushed for 171 yards and three scores for the Yellow Jackets (11-3), who responded from a close loss to Florida State in the ACC Championship Game and broke down a solid SEC defense. Dak Prescott went 33-of-51 passing for 453 yards with three touchdowns and an interception for the Bulldogs (10-3), while also rushing for 47 yards and a touchdown. Josh Robinson, who declared for the NFL Draft prior to the game via his Instagram account, rushed for a team-high 75 yards in the setback. DeRunnya Wilson hauled in nine passes for 105 yards and two touchdowns. Although Georgia Tech allowed an improbable Hail Mary as time expired in the second quarter, the Ramblin Wreck scored on their first three drives and opened the game up in the third quarter. Georgia Tech opened the third with a swift scoring march that lasted 55 seconds. Following a short run by Charles Perkins, Days sprinted off the left guard and tip-toed down the sideline for a 69-yard touchdown which gave the Yellow Jackets a 28-20 lead. Thomas then concluded an 81-yard trek on Georgia Techs next touch with a 32- yard TD run for a 35-20 lead with under eight minutes left. He added a 15-yard scoring run to give the Yellow Jackets a commanding 22-point edge. Mississippi State finally got on the board in the second half with Prescotts 7-yard TD pass to Wilson on the first play of the fourth quarter, but Days answered with a 4-yard touchdown scamper on the next drive for a 49-27 edge. Prescott and Wilson hooked up for a 12-yard touchdown to account for the final margin late in the fourth. Mississippi State scored 13 straight points after going down by two touchdowns entering the second. Evan Sobiesk kicked a 32-yard field goal to cap a 13- playy, 60-yard drive and get the Bulldogs on the board.dddddddddddd After a quick three-and-out from Georgia Tech, it took Mississippi State just four plays to reach the end zone. Prescott hit Joe Morrow for a 32-yard strike on the first play of the sequence, then rushed for a 5-yard score with under 10 minutes left in the half. The Ramblin Wreck orchestrated a drive on the next possession, but Thomas was picked off by Beniquez Brown. That turnover set up Sobiesks 30-yard field goal to make it a 14-13 game. Georgia Tech had an answer, however, when Thomas 13-yard touchdown run on a rollout to his right capped a drive of 4:43 and gave the Yellow Jackets a 21-13 lead. Just when it looked like Georgia Tech halted the momentum, the Bulldogs dealt what could have been a crushing blow just before the half. Mississippi State got the ball back with 29 seconds left and moved the ball just past midfield to set up a Hail Mary attempt on the final play. Prescott dropped back, fired to the end zone and the ball deflected off a handful of players prior to a trailing Fred Ross getting his arms underneath it and securing the 42-yard touchdown catch. Prescott got off to a rough start, throwing an interception to Chris Milton on the second pass of his night. The Yellow Jackets took advantage with their patented rushing attack as Perkins bolted for a 23-yard gain two plays later, then Days capped the four-play series with a 3-yard TD. The Bulldogs responded with a drive to the Georgia Tech 32, but Prescott tossed an incompletion on 4th-and-4. Late in the first, Thomas went up top to Darren Waller for a 41-yard touchdown and a 14-0 lead. Game Notes The Bulldogs fell to 10-8 in bowls, while Georgia Tech is now 24-19 all-time during bowl season ... Ross caught six passes for 102 yards in the loss ... Mississippi State had 152 yards rushing ... The Yellow Jackets held the ball for 34:47 ... Waller led the Yellow Jackets with 114 yards receiving ... This was the seventh trip for Georgia Tech in the Orange Bowl, the last of which was a 24-14 loss to Iowa in 2010. ' ' '

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