PORTLAND — Wesley Matthews has been waiting for a game like this.
PORTLAND — Wesley Matthews has been waiting for a game like this.
Matthews had a season-high 30 points, rookie Damian Lillard had a career-high 28 points and eight assists and the Portland Trail Blazers sent the Minnesota Timberwolves to their fourth straight defeat with a 103-95 win Saturday night.
J.J. Hickson had 14 points and 13 rebounds, returning from a shoulder injury for Portland, which has won four of its last five games. LaMarcus Aldridge had 13 points and sat for stretches in foul trouble. Matthews made five of the Blazers' 11 3s.
Matthews has been steady but not spectacular for Portland this season, averaging 17.3 points while leading the Blazers in 3-point shooting at 44 percent. His previous season high was 22 points.
"There haven't been too many games where I could really just let go — it felt really good," Matthews said.
Love had 24 points and 13 rebounds in his second game back for Minnesota, which is 1-5 after winning three of its first four this season. Nikola Pekovic had 18 points and 10 rebounds and Luke Ridnour added 14 points for the Wolves.
Portland never looked back after going on a 13-0 run that started just before the end of the third quarter. The Blazers led 88-78 at the end of that run and went up 95-84 after Matthews hit a 3-pointer with 6:16 remaining.
"Wes Matthews and Lillard . they just couldn't miss. It's as easy as that," Love said.
This first matchup of the season between the teams was highly anticipated on several fronts. It was supposed to mark a Portland homecoming for former Blazers star Brandon Roy, who came out of retirement to join the Wolves this season but is out after having knee surgery Monday.
Love is still popular in Portland, where he grew up and attended high school. And Minnesota general manager David Kahn, coach Rick Adelman and much of Adelman's staff have strong ties to the city. Kahn signed Portland's Nicolas Batum to an offer sheet in the offseason, forcing the Blazers to match the four-year, $44 million offer to keep the fifth-year Frenchman. Batum finished with nine points and five assists, shooting just 3-of-10 from the field, while fighting flu-like symptoms.
Love made his season debut Wednesday in the Wolves 101-94 loss against Denver, coming back early after suffering a broken hand doing pushups Oct. 18. He had a huge game, with 34 points and 14 rebounds against the Nuggets.
Portland had a three-game winning streak snapped in a 114-87 loss at Phoenix Wednesday night. The Blazers committed 22 turnovers in what was arguably the team's worst performance of the season. They had just 12 turnovers on Saturday.
"I think it's important for us that how we play is important," Portland coach Terry Stotts said. "Sometimes it's not going to be defined by a box score or winning a certain category. It's just playing with a rhythm on the offensive end and with a certain amount of intensity and grit on the defensive end."
Minnesota led 41-28 after starting off the second quarter with an 8-0 run and they led 55-50 at the half. But Portland chipped away at the advantage, shooting 61 percent in the third and pulled ahead 71-69 near the end of the quarter.
Rockets 131, Knicks 103
At Houston, James Harden scored 33 points, and Chandler Parsons had a career-high 31 to help the Houston Rockets coast to a victory over the New York Knicks.
Jeremy Lin added 13 points, seven rebounds and three assists for Houston in the first game against his former team.
Grizzlies 106, Lakers 98
At Memphis, Tenn., Rudy Gay scored 21 points, Mike Conley added 19, and Memphis beat Los Angeles to improve to an NBA-best 9-2.
Zach Randolph had 17 points and 12 rebounds, Marc Gasol added 14 points and eight assists.
The Lakers, playing their third road game in four nights, have lost all four road games this season and their second straight with new coach Mike D'Antoni on the bench.
Celtics 108, Thunder 100
At Boston, Paul Pierce scored 22 of his 27 points in the second half and Boston beat Oklahoma City to snap a two-game losing streak.
Kevin Garnett had 18 points and nine rebounds, and Rajon Rondo finished with 16 assists and eight rebounds for the Celtics.
Kevin Durant scored 29 points for Oklahoma City, which lost for just the second time in its last 10 games. Russell Westbrook had 26 points, eight assists and seven rebounds, and Serge Ibaka added 17 points and 13 rebounds.
Nets 86, Clippers 76
At New York, Brook Lopez had 26 points, including consecutive baskets during the decisive stretch, and Brooklyn shut down Los Angeles in the fourth quarter.
Brooklyn outscored Los Angeles 23-13 during a final period in which Chris Paul had no points, one assist and six fouls.
Spurs 104, Pacers 97
At Indianapolis, Tony Parker scored 33 points and San Antonio overcame a 17-point deficit to beat Indiana to improve to 10-3.
Tim Duncan had 22 points for San Antonio, which closed the game with a 17-2 run. Manu Ginobili scored 19 points. David West scored 22 points for the Pacers, and Paul George finished with 15.
Nuggets 102, Warriors 91
At Denver, Andre Iguodala scored a season-high 29 points — 20 in the second half — and Ty Lawson had 18 points and nine assists to help Denver win its third straight game.
Suns 111, Hornets 108, OT
At Phoenix, Markieff Morris scored a career-high 23 points, including a 3-pointer in overtime, and Phoenix rallied from a 19-point third-quarter deficit to hand New Orleans its sixth straight loss.
Goran Dragic scored 20 points, 12 in the final 61/2; minutes of the third quarter, for Phoenix.
Hawks 101, Bobcats 91
At Charlotte, N.C., Al Horford had 26 points and 13 rebounds to help Atlanta beat Charlotte for its fourth consecutive victory.
Magic 108, Cavaliers 104
At Orlando, Fla., Jameer Nelson had 22 points and six assists, and Arron Afflalo added 19 in Orlando's comeback victory over Cleveland.
Jazz 104, Kings 102
At Salt Lake City, Gordon Hayward hit the winning basket with 4.5 seconds left and finished with 23 points in Utah's comeback victory over Sacramento.
Marvin Williams had 20 points for Utah, Al Jefferson added 17, and Derrick Favors had 16 points, 14 rebounds and a pair of blocked shots. Tyreke Evans led Sacramento with 19 points.
Pistons 91, Raptors 90
At Auburn Hills, Mich., Brandon Knight made a layup with 7.8 seconds left to lift Detroit past Toronto.
Greg Monroe had 19 points and 11 rebounds for the Pistons, and Knight and Tayshaun Prince each had 16 points. Andrea Bargnani scored a season-best 34 points for Toronto.