Aldridge leads Blazers past Timberwolves

Blazers head coach Terry Stotts reacts to a call against the Minnesota Timberwolves, Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014 in Minneapolis.(AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King)
Blazers head coach Terry Stotts reacts to a call against the Minnesota Timberwolves, Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014 in Minneapolis.(AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King)

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — LaMarcus Aldridge scored 16 of his 26 points in the second half and Wesley Matthews added 21 to help the Portland Trail Blazers hold off the injury-depleted Minnesota Timberwolves 117-110 Saturday night.

Aldridge had six points during Portland’s game-deciding 13-1 run in the fourth quarter.

Corey Brewer led Minnesota with 26 points and Ricky Rubio scored a career-high 25 for the Wolves, who were without All-Star Kevin Love, Nikola Pekovic and Kevin Martin.

Despite trailing for much of the game, the short-handed Wolves showed plenty of grit, getting 19 points from Chase Budinger, 14 from Dante Cunningham and a season-high 12 from rookie Shabazz Muhammad.

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