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Timberwolves beat Portland, snap 6-game skid

MINNEAPOLIS -- Rookie forward Andrew Wiggins scored 23 points and had 10 rebounds and the Minnesota Timberwolves snapped a six-game losing streak with a 90-82 win over the Portland Trail Blazers Wednesday at Target Center.

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USA TODAY Sports Portland guard Damian Lillard, right, dribbles past Minnesota forward Jeff Adrien during the second quarter Wednesday at Target Center in Minneapolis.

MINNEAPOLIS - Rookie forward Andrew Wiggins scored 23 points and had 10 rebounds and the Minnesota Timberwolves snapped a six-game losing streak with a 90-82 win over the Portland Trail Blazers Wednesday at Target Center.
Wolves guard Corey Brewer chipped in with 19 points, eight rebounds and five steals and was a perfect 10 of 10 at the line. Minnesota had five players score in double figures.
Point guard Portland guard Damian Lillard led the Trail Blazers with 23 points. Star forward LaMarcus Aldridge was held to 10 points on 3-of-14 for Portland, which had a five-game winning streak stopped and also lost for the second time in its last 16 games.
The Timberwolves won for the second time in the last 10 games and led by as many as 20 points in the third quarter, but the Trail Blazers rallied late in the frame, pulling to within 10.
Trailing by 12 in the final seconds of the period, Portland had a four-on-one fast break but could not capitalize. Wiggins forced a turnover and got the ball to Brewer, who drained a three-pointer as time expired, pushing the Minnesota lead to 15.
The Timberwolves held Portland to 16 points in the first quarter, tying the Blazers season-low for points in a quarter. Their 15 points in the third established a new low-water mark.
Minnesota shot only 35 percent from the floor in the first quarter but led 20-16. Shabazz Muhammad, playing with a sore left ankle, had six points in the opening 12 minutes.
A dunk by Muhammad with 8:40 left in the second pushed the Wolves lead to seven and a dunk by Wiggins gave Minnesota its first double-digit lead of the game at 40-29.
Wiggins led the Wolves with 12 points in the first half as Minnesota led 44-36.
Minnesota started the second half on a 10-2 run to open up a 16-point lead. The Wolves led by double digits until the middle of the fourth quarter, when back-to-back threes by Aldridge and Wesley Matthews brought Portland to within six. Center Robin Lopez’s lay-up made it a four-point game with 5:13 to play but five straight points by Wiggins put the Timberwolves ahead by nine with under three minutes remaining.
Minnesota 90, Portland 82
Portland 16 20 15 31 - 82:
Minnesota 20 24 22 24 - 90:
PORTLAND (82)
Lillard 9-24 3-3 23, Batum 1-6 2-2 5, Aldridge 3-14 3-4 10, Matthews 7-13 0-0 18, R.Lopez 4-8 0-0 8, Blake 0-1 0-0 0, Kaman 4-9 0-1 8, Crabbe 2-3 0-0 6, Freeland 0-0 0-0 0, D.Wright 0-1 2-2 2, T.Robinson 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 31-80 10-12 82.
MINNESOTA (90)
Wiggins 9-16 5-10 23, Brewer 4-11 10-10 19, T.Young 6-20 1-1 13, Lavine 4-9 2-2 10, Dieng 2-3 2-2 6, Muhammad 4-14 3-4 11, Adrien 3-7 2-4 8, Bennett 0-1 0-0 0, Hummel 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 32-81 25-33 90.
3-Point Goals: Portland 10-35 (Matthews 4-10, Crabbe 2-3, Lillard 2-12, Aldridge 1-3, Batum 1-5, Blake 0-1, D.Wright 0-1), Minnesota 1-12 (Brewer 1-2, Muhammad 0-1, Lavine 0-2, Wiggins 0-2, T.Young 0-5). Fouled out: Matthews. Rebounds: Portland 43 (Aldridge 9), Minnesota 65 (Adrien 11). Assists: Portland 20 (Batum 6), Minnesota 22 (Lavine, Brewer 5). Total Fouls: Portland 25 (Matthews 6), Minnesota 19 (Brewer, Dieng 4). A-10,337.

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