NBA Game Summary - Minnesota at Portland
(Saturday, November 8th)
Final Score: Portland 97, Minnesota 93
Portland, OR (Sports Network) - Brandon Roy scored 24 points, including the go-ahead jumper with 31.9 seconds left, and the Portland Trail Blazers held on for a 97-93 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Roy sank 7-of-15 from the field and doled out nine assists, and LaMarcus Aldridge had 24 points and 13 rebounds for Portland, which won its second straight thriller to get to 3-3 on the season.
"I think defensively we made enough stops to win the game but we are getting breaks," said Blazers head coach Nate McMillan. "Brandon is going to have the ball in his hands in two-point games at the end."
Travis Outlaw and Rudy Fernandez each scored 11 points for the Blazers, who survived Minnesota two days after a 101-99 overtime win over the Houston Rockets.
Al Jefferson scored 27 points but missed two point-blank shots in the final 10 seconds. Mike Miller scored 14 points for the Timberwolves, who have dropped five straight after a season-opening win over Sacramento.
Rookie forward Kevin Love had a tough night for Minnesota, scoring only two points on 0-for-7 shooting, including a missed putback shot that would have tied the game late in the fourth quarter.
After a Jefferson layup tied the game at 89-89 with 1:45 left, Steve Blake drained a long two-pointer from the wing for the lead. Blake's left foot barely grazed the line, preventing a three-pointer.
Jefferson answered with a jumper, though, knotting the score at 91-91 with 1:15 to play. Roy answered with two free throws, and Portland led 93-91. A turnaround jumper by Jefferson tied the game at 93-all with 47.7 seconds left, but Roy had one more answer.
The young Blazers guard crossed over Randy Foye and drained a short stepback jumper with 31.9 seconds left for a 95-93 lead.
Jefferson went to the low post again to try to tie it, but missed a leaner, and Love couldn't sink a putback shot. Jefferson came down with the board and had another shot rim out, and this time Aldridge pulled down the rebound.
"Kevin Love's -- I don't know how it didn't go in," said Minnesota head coach Randy Wittman. "Al's -- I don't know how it didn't go in. It didn't go in but we can move on to the next day knowing that if we play like that, things will take care of themselves."
Outlaw made two free throws with 4.6 seconds left and then stole the inbounds pass, sealing the win.
The T-Wolves led 24-18 after Foye's running jumper closed the first quarter, but Portland took a 49-43 lead into the break. The Blazers trailed 70-69 entering the final 12 minutes.
Portland swept four games from the Timberwolves a year ago and has won six of seven and nine of the last 11 matchups...Minnesota has dropped six in a row at the Rose Garden...Portland outrebounded Minnesota 45-38.
11/09 01:58:21 ET