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Minnesota at Portland

Roy, Blazers increase win streak against T-Wolves to eight games

CBSSports.com wire reports
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PORTLAND, Ore. -- The Portland Trail Blazers were looking ahead on the schedule, and Minnesota almost made them pay.

Brandon Roy scored 31 points and the Blazers had to scramble for a 95-93 victory over the Timberwolves on Saturday night.

"I think we kind of overlooked them a little bit, and guys were getting ready for the Lakers," said Roy, whose team hosts Los Angeles on Monday.

Ryan Gomes, who had a season-high 28 points for the Timberwolves, did his best to earn Minnesota its first win since Feb. 18 as his long 3-pointer with 10.6 seconds left got the Wolves within 94-93. Roy made one of two free throws, leaving Minnesota with a final chance, but Randy Foye's open 3-point try missed and the Blazers beat Minnesota for the eighth straight time.

The Timberwolves, with the fifth-worst record in the NBA, have lost nine in a row and 17 of their last 19.

"We have some stuff to keep working on, but I thought the guys worked hard," Minnesota coach Kevin McHale said. "That's all we keep asking: to work hard every night."

LaMarcus Aldridge had 15 points and 11 rebounds, Travis Outlaw had 14 points and nine rebounds and Nicolas Batum added 12 points and six rebounds for the Blazers, winners of 11 straight at home and eight in a row over Minnesota.

The Blazers' winning streak over Minnesota is the longest active run in the NBA.

Portland bounced back from a lackluster 106-90 loss to Denver on Thursday and moved into a tie for second place in the Northwest Division with Utah, a half-game behind the Nuggets.

But Portland played poorly in the first three quarters, never leading by more than six points. With the Western Conference-leading Lakers next up on Portland's four-game homestand, the Timberwolves didn't seem to garner their attention. A fan holding up a "Beat L.A." sign on the big screen during a third quarter timeout received an enthusiastic cheer.

"The message [to the Blazers] is that when you are playing teams below .500, they're not the top teams, but you've got to come with focus and a sense of urgency," Blazers coach Nate McMillan said.

Foye scored 23 points, including 10-for-10 on free throws after sitting out Friday's 110-90 loss to the Lakers with a bruised hip. Playing with a sore groin, Sebastian Telfair had 18 points and seven rebounds against his former team.

There were 25 lead changes in the game. Minnesota's Craig Smith tied it at 77 with a three-point play in the fourth, but the Blazers took an 88-79 lead on a turnaround fadeaway jumper from Roy.

Gomes got the Wolves within one at 90-88 with a bank shot from the side, but Outlaw slammed home a rebound put-back for the Blazers with 1:23 left.

Notes

  • Aldridge was 2-for-14 from the field, but made 11 of 12 free throws.
  • The Blazers are 26-5 in the Rose Garden this season.
  • Portland's Rudy Fernandez has made 3-pointers in 59 of 60 games he has played in this season.
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Minnesota can't stop Brandon Roy's Blazers from increasing the NBA's longest active win streak.  (AP)
Minnesota can't stop Brandon Roy's Blazers from increasing the NBA's longest active win streak. (AP)

Scoreboard
Minnesota (18-44) 2224242393
Portland (39-23) «2621242495
MIN:R. Gomes 28 Pts
MIN:M. Miller 7 Reb
MIN:S. Telfair 7 Ast
POR:B. Roy 31 Pts
POR:L. Aldridge 11 Reb
POR:B. Roy 6 Ast
Players of the Game
PortlandMinnesota

B. Roy

R. Gomes
PtsRebsAstPtsRebsAst
31462841
Minnesota
M. Miller, SF393-50-07547
R. Gomes, PF3412-192-241328
S. Telfair, PG327-133-417318
K. Love, PF253-80-07056
J. Collins, C240-20-07020
R. Foye, PG326-1410-1032423
C. Smith, PF205-91-110111
R. Carney, SF130-20-04010
K. Ollie, PG90-10-01000
B. Brown, PG70-10-00000
S. Williams, PF50-20-00010
B. Cardinal, PFDid Not Play
M. Madsen, PFDid Not Play
A. Jefferson, PFDid Not Play
C. Brewer, SFDid Not Play
Totals 36-7616-1735152493
 47.4%94.1% 
Portland
L. Aldridge, PF402-1411-12110115
B. Roy, SG3813-193-446131
S. Blake, PG353-80-03228
N. Batum, SF234-74-463212
J. Przybilla, C210-00-03020
T. Outlaw, SF317-150-090214
R. Fernandez, SG242-50-00115
C. Frye, PF152-42-25006
J. Bayless, PG71-30-03132
S. Rodriguez, PG51-30-01102
R. LaFrentz, PFDid Not Play
M. Ruffin, CDid Not Play
M. Webster, SGDid Not Play
S. Randolph, PFDid Not Play
G. Oden, CDid Not Play
Totals 35-7820-2245141495
 44.9%90.9% 
Other Games
Det 83 Final
Atl 87
Mia 89 Final
Cle 99
Char 114 Final
NY 105
Phi 110 Final
Mem 105
OKC 90 Final
NO 108
Wash 103 Final
Dal 119
GS 120 Final
Mil 127
Ind 106 Final
LAC 105