NBA Game Summary - Minnesota at Portland
(Saturday, November 4th)
Final Score: Portland 88, Minnesota 86
Portland, OR (Sports Network) - Juan Dixon hit a three-pointer with 6.2 seconds left to put Portland ahead, and Kevin Garnett missed a foul-line jump- shot as the buzzer sounded to give the Trail Blazers a thrilling 88-86 come- from-behind victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Minnesota, which suffered its first loss of the season, squandered a 16-point first-half lead.
Travis Outlaw scored 18 and grabbed 15 rebounds off of the bench to lead all Blazers. Zach Randolph had another stellar game for Portland, scoring 17 and grabbing seven rebounds.
Portland has won two of its first three.
Garnett paced Minnesota with 20 points and 10 rebounds, but he couldn't score the two points the Wolves needed most. Mike James added 19 points and seven assists for Minnesota.
Portland's Brandon Roy, who scored 16, dribbled into the lane, drawing a double-team before dishing to a wide-open Dixon in the corner. Dixon drilled the shot, leaving just enough time for one more Minnesota possession, Garnett's missed jumper as time expired.
The Blazers fought back into the game with a 14-2 run that bridged the third and fourth quarters. The stretch was capped off by a three-point shot by Martell Webster that gave the Blazers a 77-74 lead. Webster finished with 16 points off of the bench.
Ricky Davis, who scored 16 points, canned a three-point shot as the shot clock expired to put the Timberwolves back in the lead, at 84-83 with 3:06 remaining in the game.
After a Randolph lay-up was waived off due to an offensive foul, Minnesota took an 86-83 lead on a James lay-in high off of the glass.
Roy responded by hitting two free throws to keep the Blazers within one at 86-85. James missed a lay-up on the following Minnesota possession, setting up Dixon's game-winner.
Garnett and James came out firing for the Timberwolves, scoring 23 of Minnesota's 30 first-quarter points to take a 30-14 lead into the second quarter.
Randolph scored eight in the second to help the Blazers outscore Minnesota 27-22 in the quarter, cutting into the Minnesota lead.
Outlaw's 15 rebounds marked a career high...Portland's bench outscored Minnesota's, 44-17...Minnesota was 12-for-13 from the free-throw line.
11/05 01:16:35 ET