Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 4)

Series starts 12/28

Game 1: Friday, December 28th
Trail Blazers109
Game 2: Wednesday, January 2nd
Trail Blazers90Final
Game 3: Tuesday, March 11th
Trail Blazers103Final
Game 4: Saturday, March 15th
Trail Blazers107

Timberwolves 98

(4-24, 1-14 away)

Trail Blazers 109

(17-12, 14-3 home)

    7:00 PM ET, December 28, 2007

    Moda Center, Portland, OR

    1 2 3 4 T
    MIN 19 27 23 2998
    POR 25 30 23 31109

    Top Performers

    Min: A. Jefferson 22 Pts, 7 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    Por: L. Aldridge 21 Pts, 8 Reb, 3 Ast, 2 Stl, 2 Blk

    Blazers match team's 2nd-longest win streak with win over Wolves

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Trail Blazers coach Nate McMillan was being cautious, saving guard Brandon Roy for when the team needed him.

    With two fouls, Roy sat the entire second quarter Friday night against the Minnesota Timberwolves. Then he went on to steer the Blazers to a 109-98 victory for Portland's league-leading 12th consecutive win.

    Roy finished with 22 points.

    Big Turnaround
    The Blazers are only the third team in NBA history to go on a winning streak of 10 or more despite being at least seven games under. 500 at the start of the streak.
    Win streak

    The streak matches Portland's best run since winning 12 in a row during the 2001-02 season, the team's second-longest stretch. Portland's longest streak was 16 games in the 1990-91 season.

    "The streak is great, but right now we're doing our best to win basketball games and protect our home court," Roy said. "Tonight was our chance to do that against a team some said we might overlook.

    "That is not how this team is playing. Right now we're focused."

    Al Jefferson had 22 points for Minnesota, which has the league's worst record at 4-24. The Timberwolves fell to 1-14 on the road.

    LaMarcus Aldridge had 21 points and eight rebounds for the Blazers. Jarrett Jack added 14 points and was among six Blazers in double figures.

    Portland, the youngest team in the NBA, started its streak with a Dec. 3 victory at Memphis after going 5-12 to start the season. Nine of the team's 12 wins have come at the Rose Garden, where the Blazers are 14-3 overall.

    The Blazers next host the Philadelphia 76ers on Sunday night.

    Portland was coming off an 89-79 victory over the Seattle SuperSonics on Christmas. The Timberwolves were defeated 105-101 by Golden State on Wednesday night.

    Portland led by as many a nine points early, but the Timberwolves went ahead briefly in the second quarter, when Antoine Walker's layup made it 31-30.

    Jack put Portland back ahead 44-42 with a pair of free throws. That was the start of a 13-4 run to make it 55-46 at the half.

    Roy, last season's Rookie of the Year who was averaging 23 points a game during the streak, had a pair of fouls when McMillan sat him for the second quarter. He returned to start the second half.

    "The game was close," McMillan said of the decision to hold Roy out. "It was a learning experience."

    Minnesota closed the gap early in the second half, narrowing it to 60-59 on Ryan Gomes' 3-pointer. Gomes finished with 16 points, while Rashad McCants had 21.

    Portland went up 78-69 on Jack's layup at the end of the third quarter. Roy opened the fourth with six straight points, kicking off an 11-3 run that ended when his jumper made it 89-72 -- and the game fell out of reach for the Timberwolves.

    "They lost nine out of 10 leading up to this 12-game winning streak. That should tell you right there it's confidence. All of the sudden boom, boom, boom. It filters down," Timberwolves coach Randy Wittman said.

    Roy scored 11 points in the fourth quarter, prompting fans to chant "M-V-P! M-V-P!" He has scored 20-plus points in nine of the Blazers' games during the streak, and he has been named the NBA's player of the week twice during the span.

    Over the 12 games, Roy is averaging 22.9 points a game.

    The Blazers have won four straight against the Timberwolves at the Rose Garden.

    "I was anxious to see how we would respond in this position, as a favorite against a team with a poorer record. I was interested in our approach," McMillan said. "Games like this can be dangerous but all season I have felt that this team doesn't let down and overlook our opponents."

    Game notes

    Minnesota guard Sebastian Telfair was drafted out of high school by the Trail Blazers with the 13th overall pick in the 2004 draft. Telfair finished with four points and 11 assists against his former team, fouling out late in the game. ... The Trail Blazers will honor team founder Harry Glickman on Sunday when they host the Philadelphia 76ers. Glickman retired in 1987. ... Minnesota forward Craig Smith was knocked by Aldridge in the first half and had to leave the court because he was bleeding. When he returned to the game he had a bandage alongside his right eye. ... Portland had a season-high 28 assists.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 98 109
    FGM-FGA 38-82 (.463) 40-81 (.494)
    3PM-3PA 10-24 (.417) 8-19 (.421)
    FTM-FTA 12-15 (.800) 21-29 (.724)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 8-14 9-23
    Assists 22 28
    Turnovers 13 13
    Steals 7 8
    Blocks 1 6
    Fast Break Points 8 14
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 23 (0/0) 14 (1/0)
    Largest Lead 3 19

    Top Performers

    Al Jefferson Jefferson
    Points: 22
    Reb: 7
    Ast: 1
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 1
    LaMarcus Aldridge Aldridge
    Points: 21
    Reb: 8
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 2