After head coach Terry Stotts was named Coach of the Month, his 38-38 team would travel to Minnesota to take on the 30-45 Timberwolves. These two Western Conference teams have met up three times already this season. In the first game that took place on New Year’s Day, Portland would go to Minnesota and win 95 to 89, with CJ McCollum scoring 43 points. Damian Lillard and Festus Ezeli would not play that game. Their next game was on March 6 but it was postponed due to condensation on the court. They would meet up in Portland on March 25, in which the home team pulled away with a 112-100 score behind McCollum’s 32 points. Damian Lillard did play that game but he only scored 21 points. Tonight’s matchup in the Target Center would mark their third of four meetings.
In the first quarter, the home team started off hot as Andrew Wiggins dropped twelve points including two 3-pointers. Karl-Anthony Towns would also help out by going 5 for 8 in the field, earning himself ten points. The first period would end with Minnesota leading 29 to 23. In the second quarter, the visiting team would go on a huge 34 to 20 run, with Al-Farouq Aminu scoring 11 points including three 3-pointers. While Lillard was only limited to two points, CJ McCollum would contribute to the lead with six points of his own as the visiting team would head into the locker room with a 57-49 lead. In the third quarter, the Timberwolves would go on a run of their own, as Brandon Rush dropped nine, along with both KAT and Wiggins scoring eight points. At the end of the third, the Timberwolves held on to a large 86 to 60 lead. Lillard would not back down, though, as he goes off for twelve points in the fourth quarter, including two 3-pointers. With 30 seconds left, Aminu scores a layup, bringing the Oregon team within one but it was the home team that pulled away with a 110-109 win. Karl-Anthony Towns ended the game with 34 points and 12 rebounds, while Andrew Wiggins ended with 29 points.