Matthews helps Blazers top Timberwolves 103-95

Matthews helps Blazers top Timberwolves 103-95
November 24, 2012, 12:37 am
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Minnesota Timberwolves' Nikola Pekovic (14) shoots against Portland Trail Blazers' LaMarcus Aldridge during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Friday, Nov. 23, 2012. (AP Photo/Greg Wahl-Stephens)


PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Wesley Matthews scored 30 points, rookie Damian Lillard had a career-high 28 points and eight assists and the Portland Trail Blazers beat Minnesota 103-95 on Friday night to send the Timberwolves to their fourth straight loss.

J.J. Hickson returned from a shoulder injury and had 14 points and 13 rebounds for Portland, which has won four of its last five games. LaMarcus Aldridge scored 13 despite missing stretches of the game due to foul trouble. Matthews made five of the Blazers' 11 3s.

Kevin Love had 24 points and 13 rebounds in his second game back for Minnesota, which is 1-5 after winning three of its first four this season. Nikola Pekovic had 18 points and 10 rebounds, and Luke Ridnour added 14 points.