Posted February 05, 2013 on
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LaMarcus Aldridge had 25 points and 13 rebounds to help the Portland Trail Blazers avoid a late collapse and hang on to beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 100-98 on Monday night.
Wes Matthews scored 22 points and Damon Lillard added 21 points for the Blazers, but they each had five of the team's season-high 28 turnovers. The Blazers never trailed in the game, but the Wolves had a chance to tie or win in the end. Ricky Rubio swung the ball to Dante Cunningham, whose 19-footer fell short.
Rubio had 10 of his career-high-tying 14 assists in the fourth quarter and finished with a season-high 15 points in a season-high 34 minutes. Cunningham scored a career-high 23 points on 11 for 17 shooting, and J.J. Barea added 17 points.
This wasn't the best way for the Blazers to start a six-game road trip, but a win is a win. Matthews has 78 points in three games against the Wolves this season. Nicolas Batum, his sore right wrist clearly still bothering him, finished with four points and a...
BEST OF MAXIM
The Portland Trail Blazers have begun to establish a bit of a history with the Dallas Mavericks. Whether it’s Game 4 of the 2011 playoffs, LaMarcus Aldridge‘s game-winner in 2012 or the most recent matchup that involved both an improbable comeback and a last-second shot in Portland’s favor.
Matchup: Portland (25-23) @ Dallas Mavericks (20-28)
You know you got some skills with the basketball when you can fake out trained, professional NBA cameramen sitting on the sidelines. That is exactly what happened during Minnesota's recent game versus the Hornets courtesy of, who else, Ricky Rubio. During the third quarter, New Orleans coughed up the ball and Rubio was on the spot to gather the loose ball. Ricky proceeded to...
ON ANOTHER LEVEL
The Timberwolves crushed the Hornets last night 115-86. Ricky Rubio stole the show once again with his passing. This time it was a pass to himself though. A fake behind the back pass to himself to be exact. Pretty awesome skills this guy has. Check out the video below. Check out our Home Page for more stories and follow us on Twitter and Facebook
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