Minnesota 97, Portland 102

Boxscore | Recap
Saturday, January 5, 2013 8:00 PM
Location - Target Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Officials - #27 Dick Bavetta, #43 Dan Crawford, #7 Kevin Fehr
Attendance - 16220

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 T
Portland 23 30 26 23 102
Minnesota 21 22 18 36 97

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Portland 18-15 11-4 7-11 W2
Minnesota 15-15 9-5 6-10 L1

Recap


Trail Blazers 102, Timberwolves 97: Nicolas Batum and Wesley Matthews each made five 3-pointers en route to 26 points as visiting Portland completed its four-game road trip with its 10th win in 13 overall contests.

Damian Lillard scored 20 points and LaMarcus Aldridge added 14 and nine rebounds for the Trail Blazers, who were 16-of-24 from 3-point range. Matthews finished 5-for-7 from beyond the arc after going 5-for-8 in Friday's victory over Memphis.

Nikola Pekovic had 21 points and 15 rebounds, Dante Cunningham added 10 and 12 and Derrick Williams scored 18 points off the bench for Minnesota, which was without forward Kevin Love due to a broken hand suffered in Thursday's win at Denver.

Portland ended the first quarter with a two-point lead and quickly stretched it to 14 as it began the second with four 3-pointers, including three by Matthews. The Trail Blazers were 7-of-10 from beyond the arc in the period and took a 53-43 advantage into the break.

The 3-point barrage by Portland continued in the third as Lillard began the quarter with his third of the night and Batum made long shots 42 seconds apart to give the Trail Blazers a 73-51 lead with 4:06 remaining.

After Portland's first three baskets of the fourth were made from beyond the arc, Minnesota used a 19-3 run to get within four with 5:15 left. The Timberwolves scored seven straight points to make it a two-point game with 1:19 to go, but Aldridge hit a turnaround jumper with 37.1 seconds remaining to seal the win.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Portland went 3-1 on its road trip. ... Williams scored nine straight points for the Timberwolves in the first three minutes of the fourth quarter. ... Minnesota fell to 15-30 at home against Portland. ... Batum and Matthews were a combined 10-of-13 from 3-point range, while the entire Timberwolves team was 5-of-16.

Top Game Performances

Portland   Minnesota
Nicolas Batum 26 Scoring Nikola Pekovic 21
LaMarcus Aldridge 6 Assists Jose Barea 7
J.J. Hickson 11 Rebounds Nikola Pekovic 15
Wesley Matthews 5 Free Throws Made Luke Ridnour 7
LaMarcus Aldridge 2 Steals Dante Cunningham 2
Nicolas Batum 3 Blocks Dante Cunningham 3

Team Stats Summary

Team Points FG% 3PM-3PA FTM-FTA Assists Rebounds Blocks Steals Turnovers
Portland 102 43.0 16-24 12-13 22 39 8 3 13
Minnesota 97 41.8 5-16 16-18 22 52 8 6 13

Upcoming Games

  • Minnesota will play their next game at home against Atlanta. The Timberwolves have a W/L % of .438 after a win and .571 after a loss.
  • Portland will play their next game at home against Orlando. The Trail Blazers have a W/L % of .529 after a win and .562 after a loss.