Minnesota shoots for fourth straight win in Portland
(Sports Network) – The Minnesota Timberwolves try to extend their season-best
winning streak to four games this evening when they wrap up a four-game road
trip against the Portland Trail Blazers at the Rose Garden.
On Monday, Wally Szczerbiak scored 10 of his 26 points during a key fourth-
quarter run, as the Timberwolves beat the Utah Jazz, 91-77, at the Delta
Center. Kevin Garnett added 21 points for Minnesota, which has won five of
Eddie Griffin recorded 14 points, 11 rebounds and eight blocks for the
Timberwolves, who have won five of six overall and four straight on the road.
Minnesota led for most of the contest and was ahead by just three points,
70-67, early in the fourth. However, the Timberwolves went on a 21-9 surge to
take control. Szczerbiak had 10 points during the run and Troy Hudson ended it
with a three- pointer with two minutes remaining for a 91-76 lead.
Minnesota, which will host the Los Angeles Lakers on Saturday, is 4-2 away
from home this season.
Portland, meanwhile, comes into tonight’s tilt riding a five-game losing
streak after getting humiliated by the Phoenix Suns, 130-85, on Tuesday at
America West Arena. Zach Randolph scored 15 points and Jarrett Jack added 14
for the Trail Blazers,who have dropped seven of nine.
Sebastian Telfair had 12 points and Juan Dixon scored 10, but Portland made
just 38 percent of its field goal attempts.
Portland, which will be starting a three-game homestand tonight, is 3-4 in its
arena this season.
The Timberwolves topped the Blazers earlier in the season and has won five
straight and nine of the last 12 meetings. Minnesota has also won four of its
last six and six of its last nine at Portland.