Chase Budinger and Jordan Clarkson exchange clutch points that harm their teams (video)

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The Lakers deny tanking, and so do the Timberwolves.

But both teams should be jockeying for draft position. That outweighs the value of a March win in a lost season.

The Lakers, who entered the game with the NBA’s fourth-worst record, faced second-worst Minnesota tonight.

Trying to hold a three-point lead late in regulation, the Lakers played horrendous defense and allowed Chase Budinger an open corner 3-pointer:

That gave the Lakers another chance to blow the game in overtime, but Jordan Clarkson destroyed the Lakers’ ability to make up lottery ground with his clutch free throws:

I know Budinger and Clarkson aren’t tanking. Why would they help their team draft a player who could replace them?

But both, through no fault of their own, hurt their franchises tonight. Clarkson just did so a little more.