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             === Wolves try to build momentum, take on Blazers ===
 
 (Sports Network) - The Minnesota Timberwolves target a rare winning streak
 when they resume a six-game homestand Monday night versus the Portland Trail
 Blazers.
 
 The Timberwolves ended a six-game slide with a convincing 115-86 victory
 Saturday versus the New Orleans Hornets as Dante Cunningham scored 18 points
 and Nikola Pekovic added 14 points and seven rebounds in the winning cause.
 
 Andrei Kirilenko and Alexey Shved netted 12 points apiece for the
 Timberwolves, who won for just the second time in their last 13 tries and
 improved to 12-9 in the Twin Cities. Minnesota also ended a three-game losing
 streak at home.
 
 "Both sides thought it was a winnable game," Wolves forward Derrick Williams
 said. "D.C. (Cunningham) shot the ball well tonight and that helped. We all
 just felt good."
 
 Minnesota still has San Antonio and New York scheduled to visit the Target
 Center and hasn't won two in a row since a four-game run from Dec. 7-15.
 
 Portland is coming off a split of a home-and-home series with the Utah Jazz
 and recorded a 105-99 triumph Saturday in the Rose City.
 
 Rookie Damian Lillard scored 23 points and Nicolas Batum fell just shy of a
 triple-double with 12 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists.
 
 "I get points and assists very easily. It's rebounds that are really tough to
 get," Batum said. "For me, to get a triple-double, the hardest part is
 rebounds."
 
 J.J. Hickson tallied 21 points with 11 rebounds and LaMarcus Aldridge totaled
 18 points to go along with 11 boards for the Blazers, winners in four of their
 last six games.
 
 The Blazers look to stop a four-game road losing streak and will commence a
 six-game excursion Monday night. They are 7-15 away from the Rose Garden this
 season.
 
 In injury news for Portland, guard Wesley Matthews (sprained right ankle) is
 questionable against the Timberwolves and did not play in the last meeting
 with Utah. Matthews is averaging 15.0 ppg this season.
 
 Portland is 2-0 against the Timberwolves this season and will host them March
 2. The Trail Blazers are 19-2 in the past 21 meetings with the Wolves and 10-3
 in the previous 13 encounters at the Target Center.
 
 02/04 10:35:36 ET

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