Matthews' seven treys puts Portland over Minnesota 108-98Minnesota Sports
- Wesley Matthews connected on 10-of-18 shots, including 7-of-10 from three-point territory, en route to a career-high 36 points as Portland continued its dominance over Minnesota with a 108-98 win at Target Center.
Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) - Wesley Matthews connected on 10-of-18 shots, including 7-of-10 from three-point territory, en route to a career-high 36 points as Portland continued its dominance over Minnesota with a 108-98 win at Target Center.
LaMarcus Aldridge supplied 28 points, 10 rebounds and four assists while Andre Miller contributed 16 points and 10 assists for the Trail Blazers, who have won 14 straight over the Timberwolves.
Kevin Love put together his 32nd double-double of the season with 30 points and 19 boards while Michael Beasley chipped in with 17 points and four assists for the Wolves, who have lost three in a row and four of five.
Matthews made all six of his shots, five from long distance, for 19 points as the Blazers took a 37-27 lead after the first quarter. The visitors knocked down 13-of-21, including 6-of-9 from three-point territory, in the first 12 minutes.
Matthews added 10 more in the second quarter, hitting two more triples, as Portland took a 63-43 lead at the break. Love had his 23rd consecutive double- double by the half, totaling 15 points and 10 caroms.
Minnesota clawed back to within 14 twice in the third quarter but entered the final stanza trailing 88-72.
Love's three-point play cut the deficit to 96-86 with 3:43 to play in the game before Aldridge scored two buckets to push the lead back to 14.
Minnesota wouldn't go away, as Love stroked a three to trim the lead to 102-93 with 1:34 remaining. Two Aldridge foul shots 30 ticks later made it an 11- point cushion and quieted any further comeback attempt.