Originally written November 24, 2012 on Pro Sports Daily:
PORTLAND -- Guards Wesley Matthews and Damian Lillard were too much for Minnesota on Friday night, combining for 58 points in Portland's 103-95 victory at the Rose Garden. Matthews scored a season-high 30 points and Lillard added 28 for the Trail Blazers (6-6), who begin a seven-game road trip Sunday at Brooklyn. Kevin Love had 24 points and 13 rebounds for the Timberwolves (5-6), who lost their fourth straight game. Portland closed a five-point halftime deficit to one point twice early in the third quarter. Despite all-star forward LaMarcus Aldridge drawing his fifth foul with 6:50 remaining in the third quarter and departing, the Blazers were able to take the lead at 71-69 on Lillard's 3-point shot with 3:30 left in the period. Lillard hit another 3-pointer to bring Portland even at 78-78, and Nicolas Batum buried another 3-pointer from beyond the arc just before the buzzer sounded to give the Blazers an 81-78 advantage entering the fourth quarter. Portland score...
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