Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 11/24/12
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. But it was at the defensive end that coach Terry Stotts saw progress. "I saw an intensity in our guys' faces about how important (defense) was," he said. "I've seen it in spots this season, but the second half, we sustained it for a long period of time." Portland entered the game last in the NBA in opponents' scoring (102.9) and field-goal percentage (.501). Minnesota shot .410 for the game to the Blazers' .538. Over the final three quarters, the Timberwolves scored 62 points and shot 20-for-57 (.351). "We've been embarrassed," Matthews said, "with teams s...
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