Webster had a season-high 21 points and 13 rebounds and keyed a third quarter rally with three consecutive 3-pointers in the Trail Blazers’ 106-78 victory over the free-falling Minnesota Timberwolves on Saturday night.
“You need a guy who can keep that defense honest,” Portland coach Nate McMillan said. “If they don’t, (Webster) has the ability to hurt them with the 3-point ball.”
Portland rallied after falling behind early in the second half. Roy scored 11 points, and the Blazers went on a 16-0 run to open up the fourth. The Wolves managed just three field goals in the final quarter.
“We’re not secure as a team, we’re not together as a team, and we don’t have enough experience as a team,” Minnesota coach Kurt Rambis said. “When we get in these tough situations, we don’t know what to do.”
“As a team we started playing better defense,” Blake said. “Guys started making shots, Martell was playing great, had a great all-around game. It was a total team effort.”
The Blazers led 23-14 after the first quarter but made just six of 20 field goals in the second. The Wolves started the quarter with a 6-0 run and got to 37-34 on a jumper from Damien Wilkins(notes). They trailed 40-37 at halftime.
The Wolves briefly led, going up 45-44 on a strong move inside by Ryan Hollins(notes). Roy, who was 3-of-10 shooting in the first half, made all five of his shots in the third and the Blazers began to pull away.
The Wolves are in the midst of their longest losing streak since they lost 13 in a row from Nov. 29 to Dec. 23. They have lost eight in a row by more than 10 points.
NOTES: The Blazers are 32-10 at home against Minnesota. … The Wolves lost to Portland for the third time this season. Each of first two losses was by 23 points. … Minnesota made all 18 of its free-throw attempts.