DeAndre Jordan is the common thread the Clippers have been able to cling to these past 75 games.

The team has been without Chris Paul, J.J. Redick, Jamal Crawford, Matt Barnes, Darren Collison and Jared Dudley at times. And Monday in Minneapolis, the Clippers were without Blake Griffin for the first time this year.

But Jordan, he was there, and by the end of the Clippers’ 114-104 victory over the Timberwolves, everyone in the building was well aware of his presence.

Jordan pulled down a career-best 24 rebounds to go with 11 points and four blocks in the team’s third win in a row.
“His energy is amazing,” Paul said. “He’s just so durable. He plays every night. Tonight, it was pretty much just him in there rebounding, and he managed to do it.”

Jordan is the only Clipper who hasn’t missed a game this season for injury, and he has played 232 consecutive games – the longest active streak in the NBA.

“It’s something that’s rare in this league. I’ve never played 82 games in a season,” Paul said. “It’s amazing.”

It’s one thing to just show up to work and another to do your job well, and right now, Jordan’s doing his job well.

“My job doesn’t change when Chris or Blake go down,” Jordan said. “… My job is going to continue to be the same – set screens, get guys open, rebound the basketball and play defense.”

The last two, rebounding and defense, helped the Clippers pick up their 53rd win of the season, as the team was able to run away from Minnesota in the third quarter. Putting together a string of stops, the Clippers outscored the Timberwolves, 34-15, in the third.