The Minnesota Timberwolves defeated the Portland Trail Blazers for the first time at home since 2007 and also won their fifth straight in their own building for the first time since 2007. The 106-94 win was their third straight overall and improved them to 21-19 and into the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference.
Kevin Love led the way for the Wolves with 29 points and 16 rebounds. Wes Johnson contributed 19 points on 8-for-11 shooting (3-for-4 from long distance). Luke Ridnour added 22 points and 5 assists. Rookie Derrick Williams had nine points and 11 rebounds off the bench.
Minnesota scored 61 first half points and took a seven-point lead into the break. In the second half, Minnesota locked down on defense to only allow 40 points. LaMarcus Aldridge had just five second half points after scoring 17 in the first half.
Minnesota hosts the Lakers -- who have lost two games in a row to two really bad teams -- on Friday.