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Blazers vs. Timberwolves Final Score: 107-93; Portland Stifles Minnesota

LaMarcus Aldridge and Wesley Matthews were hot in a rebound win versus Minnesota.

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Wesley Matthews scored 23, LaMarcus Aldridge had 26 and 15 rebounds, and the Blazers rebounded from a loss to Memphis to defeat the Minnesota Timberwolves 107-93 Sunday night at Moda Center.

Mo Williams outscored Damian Lillard 21 to 17, but a team effort by Lillard, Matthews and Aldridge made the difference for the night. Along the way, Aldridge and coach Terry Stotts reached significant Blazer milestones:

Portland struggled to contain former Blazer Mo Williams at the outset of the game, as he scored 11 in the first.  LaMarcus Aldridge countered with 10 in the period on 5-of-8 shooting, but the other starters combined to shoot 2-of-8 in the period.  With the outside shots not falling for the starters, Minnesota took a four point lead into the second quarter.

The defense for the Blazers cracked down on the Timberwolves in the second quarter, holding Minnesota to just 14 points.  Williams and Andrew Wiggins combined for just two in the period after combining for 16 in the first.  The Portland offense got a boost from Allen Crabbe off the bench, who drilled two of his three first-half threes in the period, and the Blazers closed the first half on a 17-4 run to take a 48-40 lead at halftime.

The good defense for Portland continued into half number two, and Wesley Matthews decided to put on a shooting display in the period.  Matthews for 4-of-5 for 11 points in the period, and Portland expanded their lead to 14 after three.

Minnesota refused to go away in the fourth, as the teams traded baskets back-and-forth.  Damian Lillard had 13 in the period to help Portland seal the game.

Lillard finished with eight assists, and Allen Crabbe had nine points off the bench.


Gameday Thread Comments of the Night

For all the layups they gave up, the Blazers still held MInny to 43% shooting, and 22% from 3. Lots of flaky offense tonight though.
by Epimenides

My was this a frustrating, but highly entertaining game. Oh well, good way to round out my Sunday.
by Bradley James McEachern

Once again: No trade proposals which include Wesley Matthews will be considered. That is all.
by occassia

Post-game Reaction