Sunday , Jan , 16 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Portland Trail Blazers Team Report – January 16

=== Portland Trail Blazers Team Report – January 16 ===

(Sports Network) – Portland suffered a 92-84 loss at the hands of the
Minnesota Timberwolves on Saturday night at the Target Center.

Ruben Patterson scored 25 points and Nick Van Exel added 19 with eight assists
for Portland, which lost its seventh contest in eight tries. Damon
Stoudamire, who scored a career-high 54 points on Friday, finished the contest
with 18, six rebounds and four assists.

Portland fell to 0-2 against Minnesota this season. The Timberwolves
outrebounded the Trail Blazers 44-32 for the game.

Minnesota came out in the third quarter and scored the first seven points to
jump ahead, 51-44. Portland didn’t get a field goal until the 8:19 mark when
Van Exel knocked down a two-point bucket.

The Trail Blazers stormed back, though, to make it a four-point spread, 67-63
heading into the fourth.

Stoudamire nailed a three-pointer at 7:51 of the final stanza to trim the
Minnesota lead, 73-72.

After the two clubs traded baskets for the next three minutes, Troy Hudson and
Kevin Garnett put the Timberwolves up for good. Hudson connected on a three-
pointer, while Garnett followed on the next Minnesota possession with a lay-in
to make it 88-80.

Portland has the next two days off before closing out its season-high six-game
road trip at ARCO Arena in Sacramento.