NBA Game Summary - Minnesota at Portland
(Wednesday, January 24th)
Final Score: Portland 101, Minnesota 98 (OT)
Portland, OR (Sports Network) - Zach Randolph scored 22 points and grabbed 15 rebounds as the Portland Trail Blazers edged the Minnesota Timberwolves, 101-98, in overtime.
Sergio Rodriguez scored 18 points, while Brandon Roy and Martell Webster each chipped in 13 for the Trail Blazers, who have won back-to-back games for the first time this season.
Kevin Garnett scored 31 points and grabbed eight rebounds and Ricky Davis had 23 points for the struggling Timberwolves, who suffered their fifth-straight loss and were playing their first game since head coach Dwane Casey was fired on Tuesday. Assistant coach Randy Wittman will take over the head coaching duties for the remainder of the season.
"They laid their hearts on the floor tonight. We did enough to win but just couldn't get a stop at the end," said Wittman. "It�s been a tough 24 hours for us. Sometime life isn't fair. I thought these guys deserved to walk out of the building with a win tonight. If these guys give that effort every night, we'll be okay."
Down 96-93 after two Garnett free throws with 1:31 left in the overtime period, Randolph answered with two from the charity stripe and after Mark Blount was whistled for traveling, Jarret Jack's driving layup gave Portland a 97-96 lead with 28.7 seconds remaining.
Garnett responded with a turnaround jumper to put Minnesota back in front, but Roy's two free throws gave the Trail Blazers a 99-98 lead with 12.3 ticks left on the clock. Davis then had an open look on the Timberwolves' next possession, but his jumper found rim.
Randolph's two free throws with 6.3 seconds remaining made it a three-point game and Garnett's three-pointer at the point was too strong as Portland held on for the win.
"I just thought we were in tune with the game from the beginning," said Portland head coach Nate McMillan. "You could see it with Zach�s facial expressions before the game. He had that frown that showed he was ready to play."
Trailing 85-82 with a minute left in the fourth, Jamaal Magloire hit 1-of-2 free throws and after a Blount miss, Webster's layup tied the game at 85-85 with 28.7 seconds remaining.
Davis' basket put Minnesota back in front with 11.6 seconds left, but Portland had an answer to force overtime. Roy's layup bounced off the rim, but another Portland rookie, LeMarcus Aldridge, collected the rebound and was fouled with 2.8 ticks left on the clock. Aldridge calmly hit both of his shots from the free throw line to tie the game.
With one last chance to win it in regulation for the Timberwolves, Garnett's jumper from the left corner was too short.
Portland led 23-22 after the opening 12 minutes and the score was knotted at 46-46 at the break. Minnesota took a 68-66 advantage into the final quarter as the game remained tight down the stretch.
Randolph shot just 9-of-23 from the field...Jack finished with 12 points and five assists...Blount and Trenton Hassell each scored 10 points for Minnesota...Portland outrebounded Minnesota, 52-40.
01/25 01:42:21 ET