Minnesota at Portland

Trail Blazers, behind Aldridge, Roy, sweep aside T-Wolves

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PORTLAND, Ore. -- LaMarcus Aldridge and Brandon Roy kept the Portland Trail Blazers perfect this season against Minnesota.

Aldridge scored 26 points, Roy had 25 points and eight assists, and the Blazers beat the Timberwolves 107-96 Saturday night to sweep the four-game season series.

"We're playing through them and off them," Blazers coach Nate McMillan said of Aldridge and Roy. "Tonight they both had it going."

Travis Outlaw broke out of a four-game slump with 17 points and James Jones added 13 for the Blazers, who hung on to their dwindling playoff hopes, winning the first game on a three-game homestand.

Marko Jaric scored 19, Al Jefferson had 18 points and 11 rebounds, and Ryan Gomes had 16 points for the Timberwolves, who are last in the Western Conference but had won three of four entering the game.

Corey Brewer had 12 points and seven rebounds, and Randy Foye, traded for Roy in a 2006 draft-day deal, had nine points, 10 rebounds and nine assists for the Timberwolves.

Jarrett Jack had 10 points and eight assists, while Joel Przybilla had 13 rebounds for the Blazers. But it was Roy and Aldridge who carried the Blazers from beginning to end.

"By now we know each other and each other's shots that we're going to take," Aldridge said. "The coaches know what we both can do so we can incorporate both things now. I think we have a good rhythm."

Aldridge put together his fifth straight 20-plus-point game and seems to have moved past the swoon that caused McMillan, who won his 300th NBA game Saturday, to order him to spend more time down on the block.

Portland is 10th in the Western Conference, seven games behind Golden State for the last playoff spot.

Gomes, who had 23 points and 15 rebounds in Minnesota's victory at Seattle on Friday, scored 12 points in the first quarter. Minnesota shot 54 percent in the first half and led by as many as seven before the half.

Roy found Aldridge for a 22-footer with 3:10 left in the second quarter to give the Blazers their first lead at 48-47, and Portland took a one-point lead into the break.

The game was tied at 61 before the Blazers went on a 13-4 run to take a 74-65 lead with 4:46 remaining in the third.

Jones knocked down two 3-pointers in the fourth that put Portland up by 13.

"We didn't bounce back and that's where they got us," Jaric said. "Roy and Aldridge are very confident players. They play well together. It's very tough to double-team those guys because they have a good shooter (Jones) who sets up in the corners."

Outlaw had games of zero, six, six and eight points during the Blazers' recent road trip.

The teams were playing for the second time in five days. Portland clinched the season series with a 103-96 victory at Minnesota on Tuesday.

Notes

  • Roy earned the first technical foul of his two-year career for arguing a foul call with referee Marc Davis in the first quarter. "I think I was talking to him too much when I said 'Boo' to his call," Roy said. "That was the last straw."
  • Portland has won just six of its last 12 at the Rose Garden.
  • Minnesota has lost seven of its last 10 to Portland.
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LaMarcus Aldridge scores 26 and Al Jefferson posts a double-double in a battle of budding stars. (AP)
LaMarcus Aldridge scores 26 and Al Jefferson posts a double-double in a battle of budding stars. (AP)

Scoreboard
Minnesota (15-50) 2924212296
Portland (35-32) «28262924107
MIN:M. Jaric 19 Pts
MIN:A. Jefferson 11 Reb
MIN:R. Foye 8 Ast
POR:L. Aldridge 26 Pts
POR:J. Przybilla 13 Reb
POR:B. Roy 9 Ast
Players of the Game
PortlandMinnesota

B. Roy

A. Jefferson
PtsRebsAstPtsRebsAst
252918112
Minnesota
M. Jaric, SF387-115-504119
A. Jefferson, PF359-160-0112418
R. Foye, PG354-91-210829
R. Gomes, PF336-124-463116
K. Snyder, SG151-30-00232
C. Brewer, SF316-110-072312
R. McCants, SG254-90-022310
C. Smith, PF184-70-21318
C. Richard, PF91-30-01102
A. Walker, SFDid Not Play
G. Buckner, SGDid Not Play
M. Doleac, CDid Not Play
M. Madsen, PFDid Not Play
S. Telfair, PGDid Not Play
Totals 42-8110-1338271896
 51.9%76.9% 
Portland
J. Przybilla, C361-21-113023
B. Roy, SG3610-191-329325
L. Aldridge, PF3111-194-451026
S. Blake, PG233-60-12716
M. Webster, SG222-51-10205
J. Jack, PG303-73-318210
J. Jones, SF265-70-120113
T. Outlaw, SF178-131-131117
C. Frye, PF120-22-22022
S. Rodriguez, PG60-10-01400
R. LaFrentz, PFDid Not Play
D. Miles, SFDid Not Play
V. Wafer, SGDid Not Play
J. McRoberts, PFDid Not Play
G. Oden, CDid Not Play
Totals 43-8113-17313212107
 53.1%76.5% 
Other Games
Ind 111 Final
Orl 122
SA 96 Final
Phi 103
LAC 109 Final
Wash 119
Utah 115 Final
NJ 117
Bos 99 Final
Mil 77
Sac 99 Final
Pho 127
Mem 107 Final
GS 110