Portland holds off Timberwolves' rallyMinnesota Sports
-- Dante Cunningham's long jumper as time expired was short and Portland survived a furious comeback by Minnesota, 100-98.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Dante Cunningham's long jumper as time expired was short and Portland survived a furious comeback by Minnesota, 100-98.
The Blazers led by 17 points with six-and-a-half minutes left in the game but Minnesota cut the lead to one on a dunk by Cunningham with 21 seconds left. The Blazers missed three free throws to give the T'Wolves a shot at overtime. Minnesota outscored Portland 40-23 in the final quarter but lost its 12th game in the past 14 to fall to 18-27.
LaMacrus Aldridge led the Blazers with 25 points and 13 rebounds and Wesley Matthews returned from a sprained ankle to score 22 points. Portland improved to 25-23. Cunninghham led Minnesota with 23 points. Ricky Rubio posted a double-double with 15 points and 14 assists.
Phoenix Suns forward Michael Beasley, a former Timberwolves player, was reportedly arrested last month for multiple traffic violations including driving on a suspended license. The Arizona Republic reports Beasley was stopped on suspicion of driving 71 miles-per-hour in a 45 mile-per-hour zone. Police say he was also driving without a license plate or registration. The 24-year-old will appear in court February 11th. Beasley was pulled over for speeding in 2011 in Minnesota and cited for marijuana possession.