Lillard leads Blazers past T-Wolves 108-97

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 23, 2014 at 11:58 pm •  Published: February 23, 2014
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Aldridge wasn't the only Blazer hurting: The team was also without forward Joel Freeland because of a right knee sprain and center Meyers Leonard because of a left ankle sprain.

The Timberwolves continued to miss center Nikola Pekovic because of a sore right ankle and Kevin Martin because of a fractured bone in his left thumb.

"A night like tonight hurts a lot," Love said. "It's a reminder to us that we need all our guys back. We need our depth. Even without LaMarcus, we needed all our guys tonight."

Love got off to a fast start with seven points as the Timberwolves built an early 18-9 lead. By the end of the opening quarter, Love had 13. Minnesota extended the lead to 43-28 early in the second quarter on Shabazz Muhammad's short jumper.

The Timberwolves stretched the lead to 52-34 after a short jumper and a pair of free throws from J.J. Barea.

Portland then got back into the game with an 18-8 run capped by Robinson's two layups and Nicolas Batum's 3-pointer, closing the gap to 60-52 at the half.

A pair of 3-pointers from Lillard and Batum put Portland in front 74-73. It was short-lived and Love drained a 3 to give Minnesota an 80-76 lead before the Blazers' furious fourth-quarter surge.

Portland was coming off a 102-94 victory over the Jazz on Friday night. Lillard had 28 points, including 14 in the fourth quarter.

NOTES: Love is from Lake Oswego, just outside of Portland. ... Adelman coached the Blazers from 1989-94, guiding the team to two Western Conference titles. ... Love has at least 25 points and 10 rebounds in 10 straight games, the longest run of 25-10 games since Shaquille O'Neal had 13 in a row in 2001.