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Lillard's 35 leads Portland over Timberwolves

Minnesota Timberwolves guard Jeff Teague (0) passes around Portland Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic (27) in the first half at Moda Center on Thursday, March 1. (Jaime Valdez / USA TODAY Sports)1 / 2
Minnesota Timberwolves forward Taj Gibson (67) shoots over Portland Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic (27) in the first half at Moda Centeron Thursday, March 1. (Jaime Valdez / USA TODAY Sports)2 / 2

PORTLAND, Ore. — Damian Lillard shook off a poor shooting start to score 35 points as the Portland Trail Blazers rallied for a 108-99 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves Thursday night at Moda Center.

CJ McCollum added 19 points and Jusuf Nurkic and Shabazz Napier 16 apiece for the Trail Blazers (36-26), who won their fifth straight game overall and 12th of 13 at home.

Karl-Anthony Towns scored 34 points and grabbed 17 rebounds for the Timberwolves (38-27), who had won two straight. Andrew Wiggins added 21 points for Minnesota.

Lillard missed his first nine shots from the field — six of them from 3-point range — but scored 22 points in the second half, sinking 7 of 10 shots. The Blazers outscored the Wolves 33-21 in the fourth quarter.

Towns had 21 points and eight rebounds as Minnesota took a 49-44 lead into intermission, but it could have been more. Portland shot .327 in the half, going 0-for-13 from 3-point range.

Portland scored the first seven points of the third quarter to go ahead 51-49. The Wolves climbed back to go on top 76-66 late in the quarter. The Blazers cut it to 78-75 heading into the final period.

Towns hit a pair of free throws to give Minnesota an 86-84 lead with 6:30 remaining. Lillard's jumper tied it at 86-86.

Al-Farouq Aminu, McCollum and Lillard sank consecutive 3-point shots, the latter giving Portland a 95-86 advantage with 3:01 to go. The Wolves got no closer than seven points the rest of the way.

The Timberwolves hit 10 of their first 17 shots but still led only 20-15. The Blazers finished 6-for-24 from the field — missing all 7 3-point attempts — yet trailed only 24-19 heading into the second quarter.

Minnesota extended the margin to 32-23. Portland closed to within 40-35, but the Wolves stepped it back up to 47-36. They settled for a five-point bulge at the half.