After beating Minnesota 92-79 on Wednesday, Portland defeated the Sacramento Kings 83-81 on Friday.
The only team ahead of Minnesota in the West standings is Sacramento (48-17).
The Trail Blazers’ run comes after losing five of their previous six. Portland, trying to extend its streak of 21 consecutive playoff appearances, is two games behind the Denver Nuggets for the conference’s eighth and final postseason berth.
Theo Ratliff had 11 points, 11 rebounds and eight blocked shots to help Portland fend off the Kings.
“That’s my game,” Ratliff said. “I just go all out like a maniac out there on the court, block shots, get in their heads, get them thinking about me.”
This season, Ratliff has blocked 229 shots for a league-best average of 3.37 per game. In 15 games with the Blazers, he’s averaging 4.2 blocks.
Latrell Sprewell added 16 points as the Timberwolves won for just the third time in seven games.
“When our minds are right, we’re a tough matchup,” said Sam Cassell, who scored 17 points for Minnesota.
The Timberwolves maintained their two-game lead over the San Antonio Spurs in the Midwest Division.
“There’s no question we’ve been very inconsistent over the last 10 days,” Timberwolves coach Flip Saunders said. “We’ve got to play with the same discipline and the same passion that we did tonight.”