Originally posted on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 2/5/13
Close Call Coming off a 105-99 big win against the Utah Jazz that saw the Portland Trail Blazers (25-23)  tighten up the Northwest Division of the NBA’s Western Conference, Portland had to hold out against the Minnesota Timberwolves (18-27) until the very last second in a 100-98 win. Portland entered the fourth quarter leading the T-Wolves 77-58, a relatively large margin by NBA standards. But despite this big lead, the game turned interesting as Minnesota was able to put on an impressive fourth quarter, scoring 40 points along the way. A huge block by LaMarcus Aldridge that stopped what could have been a game-tying shot with the clock winding down. Thrilling as this game turned out to be, the Blazers could have (and should have) pulled away with an easy victory on Monday night in Minnesota. A bevy of turnovers by Portland (28 to be exact) led to plenty of opportunities for the Timberwolves to come back into the game, and the Blazers have to get rid of the turnover bug if they want ...
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