Aldridge, Blazers hang on to beat Wolves

Aldridge, Blazers hang on to beat Wolves

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Nolan Smith #4 of the Portland Trail Blazers during the game between the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Portland Trail Blazers.

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by DAVE CAMPBELL, AP Sports Writer

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Posted on February 4, 2013 at 8:49 PM

MINNEAPOLIS -- LaMarcus Aldridge had 25 points and 13 rebounds to help the Portland Trail Blazers avoid a late collapse and hang on to beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 100-98 on Monday night.

Wes Matthews scored 22 points and Damon Lillard added 21 points for the Blazers, but they each had five of the team's season-high 28 turnovers. The Blazers never trailed in the game, but the Wolves had a chance to tie or win in the end. Ricky Rubio swung the ball to Dante Cunningham, whose 19-footer fell short.

Rubio had 10 of his career-high-tying 14 assists in the fourth quarter and finished with a season-high 15 points in a season-high 34 minutes. Cunningham scored a career-high 23 points on 11 for 17 shooting, and J.J. Barea added 17 points.

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