Sports.ws Game Report
[PORTLAND] — The Portland Trail Blazers played host to the Minnesota Timberwolves last night and the Blazers did everything that was asked of them, walking away with the 105-98 victory. The win bumps Portland's record up to 39-40 on the season, while the loss drags Minnesota's down to 31-47. Though a win's a win and Trail Blazers fans will settle for whatever they can get their hands on, there's plenty of room for improvement in the future. Games likes these are essential for any team with bigger aspirations.Unfortunately for Towns, what really matters - the result on the scoreboard - still leans in favor of the Trail Blazers. Perhaps continued performances like this one in the near future will get Minnesota back in the win column before too long.
Also pegged for the loss was Andrew Wiggins, but one might be reluctant to blame him directly either. Wiggins's 36 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists were appreciated but ultimately for nought.
From a personal standpoint, Allen Crabbe made his presence felt from beyond the arc, toying with defenders all night long and connecting on an impressive 8 bombs. Putting a stop to any NBA calibre talent is no easy task, but even more so when they're red-hot from beyond three-point range.
Portland's offensive contributions were complemented from a decent showing on the defensive end of the ball. While they didn't exactly shut down the visiting Timberwolves, they did limit them to a point total in line with their season average. Not every performance can be a home run, so the Blazers will settle for the upper hand in this one.
Up next for the reeling Blazers will be a date with the while the visiting Timberwolves will look to bounce back in a matchup with the Sacramento Kings.
Towns 59.5 FP
Wiggins 54.0 FP
Lillard 48.0 FP
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