LaMarcus Aldridge put up 26 points and added 9 rebounds to lead the Portland Trail Blazers to a victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves, 117-110. The Trail Blazers were on fire, finishing 40-82 (48.8%) from the field and 29-38 (76.3%) at the free throw line. Portland (36-15) gets one in the win column after losing to Indiana on Friday.
Aldridge went 12-16, in a solid performance. Wesley Matthews contributed 21 points and 6 assists for Portland as well. Corey Brewer had a big game for Minnesota despite the loss, putting up 26 points on 11-23 shooting from the field and 4-6 from the free throw line. He also registered 7 rebounds. Ricky Rubio added 25 points and 9 assists and Dante Cunningham finished with 14 points and 10 rebounds.
In addition to 29.4% from 3-point range, the Timberwolves tallied an eFG% of just 43.8%. They are 1-10 on the season when registering marks below 30% and 45%, respectively, in those statistics. The Trail Blazers, conversely, are undefeated (4-0) when holding the opposition to such dismal shooting numbers.
Minnesota (24-27) has now dropped their last three in a row.
Coming up next, the Trail Blazers square off with the Oklahoma City Thunder, who are 40-12 on the year. The Timberwolves match up against the Houston Rockets, currently 34-17 this season. The Trail Blazers came away with a victory in two of their last three games against Oklahoma City. The Timberwolves have a 0-1 record against Houston this season.