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Lillard has 31 and Blazers beat Timberwolves 123-114

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Damian Lillard figured Portland's 43-point third quarter against Minnesota might be the best span for the Blazers in recent memory.

Lillard had 31 points a day after getting his third All-Star nod and the Trail Blazers beat the Timberwolves 123-114 on Wednesday night.

He called that third quarter a ''showcase.'' It was the most points Portland has had in a single quarter all season.

''When we watch film and when we're in training camp and stuff like that, if we could just watch that whole quarter, they'd say, `This is how we want to play, this is how the ball needs to move, this is how we need to screen, this is the pace we need to have. And what's going to allow us to do that is defending the way we did,''' said Lillard, who had 13 of his points during the period.

CJ McCollum added 28 points in Portland's seventh straight win at home, longest streak of the season. Lillard made six 3-pointers and the Blazers had 17 3s in the game, one shy of their season high.

Andrew Wiggins had 24 points for the Timberwolves, who had won seven of their last nine games but trailed by 19 points early in the fourth quarter.

Lillard was named as an All-Star reserve Tuesday. He also spoke to reporters before the game about making the team after being snubbed in past years.

''It's not my first All-Star game. But I did have to make this one happen. Everybody knows that the last two years I felt like I should have made it and I didn't. But I just had to keep on playing, stay with it and stay positive,'' he said.

Minnesota didn't have Jimmy Butler, who missed a third straight game with a sore right knee. Jamal Crawford returned after missing two games with a strained big toe on his left foot.

''We've got to be able to play through any situation,'' Karl-Anthony Towns said. ''Jimmy's an amazing player, one of the best in the league so when you lose him it puts a huge task at hand for us bit we've got to be able to go out there next man up and get the job done.''

The Timberwolves were coming off a 126-118 victory over the Clippers in Los Angeles on Monday night. Wiggins scored a season-high 40 points in the win that snapped a four-game road skid.

The Trail Blazers lost 104-101 in Denver on Tuesday, snapping a three-game winning streak.

Minnesota led by eight points early, but Lillard's 3-pointer got the Blazers within 27-25 late in the opening quarter. Portland finally caught up with the Timberwolves at the end of the half, pulling into a 54-all tie after Al-Farouq Aminu's 3-pointer and a pair of free throws from Lillard.

Lillard and Aminu each hit 3-pointers to push Portland's lead to 63-60. Aminu's dunk extended it to 76-68 midway through the third quarter. Lillard's two 3s put the Blazers up 88-74.

''We played the kind of game we wanted to play, from the effort standpoint and focus,'' Lillard said.

The Timberwolves won the first two meetings of this season's series, both at home.

''When you're on the road and you're short-handed you've got to play with great intensity the whole time,'' Minnesota coach Tom Thibodeau said. ''If you let up at all you're going to be in trouble.

TIP INS

Timberwolves: With a 3-pointer and free throw in the second quarter, Crawford added to his career four-point play total with 52, an ongoing NBA record. ... Minnesota's Butler and Towns were also named reserves.

Trail Blazers: Portland has won 11 of its last 12 games against the Timberwolves at the Moda Center. ... Jusuf Nurkic sustained a left elbow contusion but returned. ... Lillard was also the Western Conference player of the week.

WHAT RUSS SAID: Lillard also addressed Russell Westbrook's comment Tuesday night that players are ''Talking about getting snubbed until they get in.'' Some thought the comments were directed at Lillard.

''Because he's played against me, he's played against our team, he knows what I've accomplished,'' Lillard said. ''Not just this year, but over my career. So it was a little bit disappointing, but I know that I earned my spot this year.''

CONNAUGHTON'S NIGHT: Portland's Pat Connaughton came off the bench with 12 points, including three dunks and two 3-pointers. ''That's a nice combination,'' Terry Stotts said.

UP NEXT

The Timberwolves were playing the first of a back-to-back, they head south to play the Golden State Warriors on Thursday.

The Trail Blazers visit the Mavericks on Friday night.

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Key Players
K. Towns
32 C
D. Lillard
0 PG
36.7 Min. Per Game 36.7
25.2 Pts. Per Game 25.2
6.6 Ast. Per Game 6.6
4.8 Reb. Per Game 4.8
53.9 Field Goal % 43.8
53.7 Three Point % 43.7
84.1 Free Throw % 91.9
+ 1 Cole Aldrich made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:17
  Team rebound 0:17
  Cole Aldrich missed 1st of 2 free throws 0:17
  Shooting foul on Jake Layman 0:17
  Defensive rebound by Cole Aldrich 0:24
  Shabazz Napier missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:27
+ 2 Aaron Brooks made jump shot 0:40
  Out of bounds turnover on Noah Vonleh 0:54
+ 1 Shabazz Muhammad made free throw 1:09
  Shooting foul on Noah Vonleh 1:09
  Offensive rebound by Shabazz Muhammad 1:09
Team Stats
Points 114 123
Field Goals 45-84 (53.6%) 45-82 (54.9%)
3-Pointers 6-16 (37.5%) 17-31 (54.8%)
Free Throws 18-22 (81.8%) 16-21 (76.2%)
Total Rebounds 42 43
Offensive 5 6
Defensive 28 31
Team 9 6
Assists 20 24
Steals 7 4
Blocks 2 1
Turnovers 6 10
Fouls 14 16
Technicals 0 0
24 PTS, 2 REB, 2 AST
31 PTS, 4 REB, 6 AST
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away team logo Timberwolves 31-19 29253030114
home team logo Trail Blazers 26-22 25294326123
Team Stats
away team logo Timberwolves 31-19 101.6 PPG 45.2 RPG 22.4 APG
home team logo Trail Blazers 26-22 105.5 PPG 43.5 RPG 19.0 APG
Key Players
A. Wiggins SF 15.8 PPG 5.2 RPG 2.0 APG 44.1 FG%
D. Lillard PG 18.5 PPG 4.5 RPG 4.8 APG 35.2 FG%
Top Scorers
A. Wiggins SF 24 PTS 2 REB 2 AST
D. Lillard PG 31 PTS 4 REB 6 AST
53.6 FG% 54.9
37.5 3PT FG% 54.8
81.8 FT% 76.2
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
A. Wiggins 31 24 2 2 0 1 1 1 11/17 2/4 0/2 0 2 30 -24
K. Towns 30 16 9 1 0 0 1 3 6/9 2/4 2/2 2 7 26 -14
J. Teague 27 15 2 3 1 0 2 1 4/12 0/1 7/7 0 2 22 -15
T. Gibson 28 11 4 2 1 0 1 1 5/8 0/0 1/2 1 3 19 -16
N. Bjelica 35 9 7 0 2 0 0 4 4/11 1/3 0/0 0 7 18 -8
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
A. Wiggins 31 24 2 2 0 1 1 1 11/17 2/4 0/2 0 2 30 -24
K. Towns 30 16 9 1 0 0 1 3 6/9 2/4 2/2 2 7 26 -14
J. Teague 27 15 2 3 1 0 2 1 4/12 0/1 7/7 0 2 22 -15
T. Gibson 28 11 4 2 1 0 1 1 5/8 0/0 1/2 1 3 19 -16
N. Bjelica 35 9 7 0 2 0 0 4 4/11 1/3 0/0 0 7 18 -8
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Crawford 20 19 0 5 0 0 1 1 7/10 1/2 4/4 0 0 28 -10
G. Dieng 17 6 5 2 2 1 0 1 3/4 0/0 0/0 0 5 18 +5
T. Jones 20 6 1 5 1 0 0 2 2/7 0/0 2/2 1 0 18 +6
S. Muhammad 3 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 2/2 0/0 1/1 1 0 6 +10
A. Brooks 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1/1 0/0 0/0 0 0 2 +6
C. Aldrich 3 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 1/2 0 2 3 +10
M. Georges-Hunt 19 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/3 0/2 0/0 0 0 0 +5
J. Butler - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Brown - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Jefferson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Patton - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 234 114 33 20 7 2 6 14 45/84 6/16 18/22 5 28 190 -45
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Lillard 32 31 4 6 0 0 0 2 9/17 6/11 7/7 1 3 47 +11
C. McCollum 35 28 3 5 0 0 0 0 12/20 4/5 0/2 0 3 41 +19
A. Aminu 26 15 7 0 2 0 2 0 6/9 3/4 0/0 0 7 22 +11
E. Turner 25 9 0 6 2 0 0 0 4/6 0/1 1/2 0 0 23 +12
J. Nurkic 20 6 3 0 0 0 1 4 2/6 0/0 2/2 0 3 8 +3
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Lillard 32 31 4 6 0 0 0 2 9/17 6/11 7/7 1 3 47 +11
C. McCollum 35 28 3 5 0 0 0 0 12/20 4/5 0/2 0 3 41 +19
A. Aminu 26 15 7 0 2 0 2 0 6/9 3/4 0/0 0 7 22 +11
E. Turner 25 9 0 6 2 0 0 0 4/6 0/1 1/2 0 0 23 +12
J. Nurkic 20 6 3 0 0 0 1 4 2/6 0/0 2/2 0 3 8 +3
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
P. Connaughton 22 12 3 2 0 1 1 3 5/9 2/3 0/0 1 2 19 +9
E. Davis 24 11 10 2 0 0 0 2 3/3 0/0 5/7 4 6 25 +14
Z. Collins 18 8 5 0 0 0 1 1 3/4 2/3 0/0 0 5 12 +6
S. Napier 22 3 1 3 0 0 3 1 1/7 0/3 1/1 0 1 7 0
M. Harkless 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 -10
M. Leonard 2 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 -10
J. Layman 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 0 0 -10
N. Vonleh 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 -1 -10
C. Wilcox - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Swanigan - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
W. Baldwin IV - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 232 123 37 24 4 1 10 16 45/82 17/31 16/21 6 31 203 +45