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                 === Blazers survive late rally by T-Wolves ===
 
 Minneapolis,  MN  (Sports Network)  - LaMarcus Aldridge  scored a game-high 25
 points  and  grabbed 13 rebounds  and Wesley Matthews  added 22 points, as the
 Portland   Trail  Blazers  held  on  for  a  100-98  win  over  the  Minnesota
 Timberwolves on Monday.
 
 The  Blazers  led by  19 points  at the start  of the  fourth quarter, but the
 Wolves cut their deficit to 91-80 with just under five minutes left. Minnesota
 then opened a 16-6 run, capped with J.J. Barea's falling layup, to pull within
 97-96 with 36.9 seconds left.
 
 Aldridge, though, buried a deep jumper over Nikola Pekovic nine seconds later.
 Minnesota, though, pulled back within 99-98 six seconds later when Ricky Rubio
 found Dante Cunningham in the lane for a slam.
 
 The  Wolves quickly fouled  Luke Babbitt on the inbounds pass and he split the
 free-throw attempts.
 
 Rubio  then  dribbled off nearly  14 seconds  before firing up an off-balanced
 jumper  that was swatted away by Aldridge, who was fouled after corralling the
 rebound.
 
 Aldridge,  though,  missed a pair  of free throws to  give the Wolves one last
 chance to either tie or win the game.
 
 Following  a  timeout, Rubio took the  inbounds pass and dribbled to his right
 before  kicking  it to  Cunningham at the  top of the  key. Cunningham shook a
 defender  with  a pump fake, but  his jumper at  the buzzer fell short and the
 Blazers held on for the win.
 
 Cunningham,  who went  9-for-9 from the field  in his last game,  knocked down
 11-of-17 shots en route to a season-high 23 points.  Rubio added 15 points and
 14 assists for the Wolves, losers in 12 of their last 14 games.
 
 "I think, even though we turned the ball over a lot, we didn't let it bother
 us. We just stayed in the moment and got the job the done," said Blazers guard
 Damian Lillard, who finished  with 21  points on  9-of-17 shooting.
 
 Portland  led  25-18 after  the first quarter  and took a  49-38 lead into the
 break.  The Blazers  outscored Minnesota, 28-20, in the third period to take a
 77-58 lead into the final frame.
 
 "We had no urgency at the start (of the game), we came out and pretty much let
 them do what they wanted to do," said Wolves coach Rick Adelman. "In the
 fourth quarter, we turned it up and the energy was high. We got some turnovers
 and made some shots, but when you get that far down it gets too hard to come
 back."
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 The Blazers  shot  58.6 percent (41-for-70) from  field goal range, but gave
 up 33 points  on 28  turnovers, the most turnovers  from an NBA team this
 season ... Pekovic scored 13 points and pulled down 11 rebounds in the
 setback.
 
 02/04 23:17:50 ET

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