NBA Game Summary - Portland at Minnesota
(Friday, February 27th)
Final Score: Portland 102, Minnesota 82
Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) - Brandon Roy scored 19 points and Rudy Fernandez provided a spark off the bench with 18 points as the Portland Trail Blazers downed a slumping Timberwolves squad, 102-82, at the Target Center.
LaMarcus Aldridge and Travis Outlaw each added 15 points while the former snagged a game-high 10 boards.
Portland snapped a five-game slide as the visitor and salvaged the final contest in a three-game road trip after losses to a pair of the West's best in Houston and San Antonio.
"I was happy with the way we responded," Portland head coach Nate McMillan said. "We wanted ball movement and we got that with 25 assists. Defensively we did a nice job. We were solid at both ends of the floor."
Mike Miller and Craig Smith led the T'Wolves with 16 points apiece in an extension of the club's losing streak to five consecutive games. Minnesota lost to Portland for a seventh straight time and has dropped the last four at home in the series. It was the team's 10th defeat in its last 11 games and put them at a forgettable 8-21 at the Target Center this season.
"We have to get to the basket. It's different getting in there with these guys. We had to get around it but we didn't," Minnesota forward Rodney Careny said of the Trail Blazers' bigs including Aldridge. "LaMarcus had a good game. They made shots. We didn't have an answer for them."
Bobby Brown chipped in 15 points off the bench.
The Blazers held a 23-21 edge after 12 minutes and outscored the T'Wolves in every frame after. Minnesota did take a brief four-point lead by scoring the opening six points of the second but a pair of three-pointers from Outlaw and Steve Blake had Portland back in front a short time later.
Fernandez and Blake followed with buckets in what amounted to an 21-5 run that put the visitors in front by 12 before finishing the half up eight, 48-40.
A 16-5 surge opened the second half and allowed for a hearty 64-45 lead with Aldridge's seven points leading the way. Portland held that same lead entering the fourth, a 77-58 advantage, and essentially put the game out of reach with an 8-2 spurt midway through the frame as a Channing Frye jumper made it 93-69 with six minutes remaining.
The Blazers shot 50 percent from the floor while Minnesota hit at a 43.3 percent clip...Randy Foye had 13 points for the T'Wolves....Portland's Sergio Rodriguez scored 12 points...The Blazers improved to 13-17 on the road.
02/27 23:38:24 ET