Aldridge, Trail Blazers down Timberwolves 115-104

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 26, 2014 at 12:54 am •  Published: January 26, 2014
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PORTAND, Ore. (AP) — Everyone it seems was talking about the showdown between Portland's LaMarcus Aldridge and Minnesota's Kevin Love.

Except Aldridge and Love.

"All he kept saying was 'All I care about is the win,'" teammate Mo Williams said of Aldridge.

"Much ado about nothing," Love countered.

In the end, Aldridge had 21 points to help the Trail Blazers down the Timberwolves 115-104 on Saturday night. Love, coming off a back-to-back, had 15 points and 13 rebounds.

"We didn't both particularly have a great game," Love said. "Other people stepped up on both of our teams — but he came away with the win."

It was the Trail Blazers' 33rd win — matching their total from all of last season.

Aldridge hit a long jumper and drew a foul to give the Blazers a 100-88 lead midway through the fourth quarter. Damian Lillard's 3-pointer pushed the lead to 105-88 and Minnesota could never catch up. Aldridge is 12-3 in head-to-heads with Love.

Kevin Martin led the Timberwolves with 30 points, while Nikola Pekovic had 23 points and 11 rebounds.

Love, named Thursday as an Western Conference All-Star starter, went into the game against the Blazers averaging 25 points and 13 rebounds, but some Portland fans and players felt Aldridge — averaging 24.7 points and 11.6 rebounds — deserved the starting nod because of his role in the team's success this season.

Aldridge scored a career-high 44 points and had 13 rebounds following the All-Star announcement in Portland's come-from-behind victory at home over Denver on Thursday night. Afterward he said he "definitely" thought he should have made it.

The 6-foot-11 seventh-year veteran can still make the team as a reserve — as he has for the past two seasons — when the coaches' selections are announced later this month.

Love is a first-time All-Star starter after leap-frogging Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard in the final fan balloting.

"I think it's a little sweeter this way because I really didn't expect it," he said following the announcement.

Earlier this season, Love had 29 points, 14 rebounds and nine assists in Minnesota's 120-109 home victory over the Blazers on Dec. 18.



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