MINNEAPOLIS – The Portland Trail Blazers avoided a massive collapse and get their first road win in four tries by taking down the Minnesota Timberwolves 100-98 for the third time this season. Their last victory on the road came against this very team back on Jan. 5.
The Trail Blazers (25-23) never trialed in tonight's game and it was due to their 58 percent shooting from the field, eclipsing their 56 percent performance Jan. 23 against Indiana.
Every Trail Blazers shot 50 percent or higher from the field with the exception of Will Barton who was 1-for-4.
LaMarcus Aldridge had 14 points and 10 rebounds in the first half, finishing with 25 and 13. Damian Lillard orchestrated the offense tallying 21 points, four rebounds and six assists.
Wesley Matthews was a game-time decision entering tonight and he decided to give it a go after pre-game warmups. Thankfully for the Trail Blazers he did. He wasn't anywhere near 100 percent but he played like it providing 22 points and five assists.
The only knock on the Trail Blazers this evening was their season-high 28 turnovers.
Midway through the first, Nicolas Batum reaggravated his right wrist in transition guarding Andrei Kirilenko. He got it re-taped during the next timeout. When he returned, after every shot he took and whenever he had to use his hands to push off, you saw him grimacing and messaging his wrist.
He ended the game with four points, three rebound and two assists.
Andrei Kirilenko (right quad strain) left the game with a minute left in the first half and did not return.
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