21.01.2012 - 21.01.2012
We always thought that going to an NBA game would be one of the highlights of the trip, and it definitely lived up to expectations.
The Los Angeles Clippers were playing against the Minnesota Timberwolves, and even though the Clippers' star player, Chris Paul, was out injured, we thought it would be an easy win for the local team, and so Will decided that that is who he would be supporting for the night and bought a Clippers jersey as a souvenir.
Our prediction looked very likely at half time with the Clippers up by more than 15 points at the half. However, a weak third quarter from the Clippers, and a second tech foul and hence a disqualificaion for their leading point scorer, Mo Williams, gave the Timberwolves hope. And sure enough, with 20 seconds on the clock, the Timberwolves tied it up at 98 all with a clutch 3 pointer from their guard, Ricky Rubio. The Clippers then had a chance to win the game but missed, and the wolves called a time out with 1.5 seconds on the clock. With such a small amount of time left, we all thought the game would go into overtime. But when play resumed, Kevin Love found open space and effortlessly drained a three pointer to take their first lead since early in the first quarter and the win for the Wolves, and leave the home crowd in silence.
Despite the team we were supporting losing on the buzzer, we all enjoyed the game and it was an ideal way to finish our holiday.