Posted at: 01/05/2013 9:50 PM
Batum, Matthews lead Blazers over Wolves
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Nicolas Batum and Wesley Matthews each made five 3s and scored 26 points to lead the Portland Trail Blazers over the injury-depleted Minnesota Timberwolves 102-97 on Saturday night.
The Blazers made a season-high 16 3-pointers and withstood a fourth-quarter rally by the Timberwolves to win for the 10th time in 13 games and finish their four-game road trip with a 3-1 record.
Nikola Pekovic led the Timberwolves with 21 points but left the game in the third quarter because of a left hip strain. Only hours earlier, Minnesota learned it lost star forward Kevin Love to a broken right hand for the second time this season when an MRI confirmed the injury.
The banged-up Timberwolves - who dressed only 10 players - also played without point guard Ricky Rubio, who sat out with back spasms.
Damian Lillard had 20 points for the Blazers.
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