“Hey, listen, yeah, we’re the favorites,” Rivers said. “But as you know, every night you still play the game and our guys will be ready. I was saying this earlier, just because you’re ready, there is no guarantee you play well.”No problem. After going through the motions and trailing by three points after one quarter, the Clippers absolutely walloped the Timberwolves 127-101 before a sellout crowd of 19,060 at Staples Center.The Clippers (12-5) have now won five consecutive games and seven of eight after a 16-point home loss to Chicago on Nov. 17.Blake Griffin and J.J. Redick scored 23 points apiece to lead the way. Griffin shot 8 of 14 from the field, while Redick shot 7 of 11 — including 4 of 5 from 3-point range. Spencer Hawes scored 14 points off the bench, Chris Paul contributed 12 points and eight assists and DeAndre Jordan came through with 11 points, 13 rebounds and four blocks. Shabazz Muhammad scored 18 points and grabbed 10 rebounds off the bench to pace Minnesota, while Andrew Wiggins had 14 points. Minnesota (4-12) led 34-31 after one quarter, the Clippers led 65-50 at halftime and 101-68 after three quarters. The Clippers led by as many as 37 points (109-72) with 9:41 left in the game.Even after a poor first quarter, Rivers said he didn’t feel the need to say anything to his players.“No, I didn’t say much at all,” he said. “We were scoring, but our defense was not great. The second unit was great, though. They saw what we were not doing and they came in and did it and then everyone joined in.“Listen, it takes time sometimes to win a game. You don’t just jump out and win a game, no matter who you’re playing.”Redick did not mince words when assessing his team’s early play.“We were missing a little bit of edge in the first half,” he said. “We gave up 30-plus points in the first quarter, but once we got our edge back, we moved the ball, got some stops and got out and ran.”The Clippers shot 51.3 percent from the field, 44.1 (15 of 34) from 3-point range. Six different players made baskets from beyond the arc. Hawes, who was 4 of 7 from there, said that really helped the offense.“It opens so much stuff up,” he said. “With Blake and D.J. (Jordan) and the pressure they put on the defense, and when you can stretch teams out like that, you kind of have to pick your poison when we’re shooting the ball like that.”Muhammad praised the Clippers’ offense.“They were really moving the ball,” he said. “We tried to mix it up and play some zone, some man. They were just really moving the ball really well.”But Hawes wasn’t crazy about the way his team played the first 12 minutes when it allowed Minnesota to shoot 56.5 percent from the field.“What did we give up, 33 in the first?” he said; it was 34. “That’s not a good recipe for us, so kind of buckling down a little bit on the defensive end and then when we can get out and run a little bit, that just made things easier for us on offense.”Jordan admitted his team did not come out strong.“It was tough earlier in the first quarter,” he said. “We gave up a lot of points and we were a little sluggish coming out. After we gave up (34) points in the first quarter, we picked ourselves back up, got some stops and converted.”Minnesota ended up shooting 42.7 from the field, just 16.7 (2 of 12) from 3-point range.This was the beginning of a four-game homestand for Los Angeles. Next up is the Orlando Magic on Wednesday. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The Clippers were primed for a letdown. They just finished a seven-game road trip and won six of them, and on Monday they played host to a Minnesota Timberwolves team that entered just 4-11 and was missing three players — including leading scorer Kevin Martin — due to injury.A reporter asked Clippers coach Doc Rivers if he planned on talking to his team to guard against taking a poor team lightly. His response was at first funny.“Can you talk to them? That would be very helpful,” he said to the inquiring mind. “Go ahead and talk to them.”He got serious.