MINNEAPOLIS — 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.
Minnesota led 87-85 with 9:48 to play before Portland went on its final run to put the game away. Minnesota pulled within 101-96 with 3:29 to play before Matthews scored five straight and Robin Lopez hit a layup to put the game out of reach.
Just minutes before tipoff, the Wolves announced Love would miss the game with a bruised left quadriceps suffered in Friday night’s loss in New Orleans.
Shortly before that, Martin was ruled out indefinitely with a broken left thumb, also suffered against the Pelicans.
Combined with Pekovic, the trio accounts for an average of 60 points and 25 rebounds per game.
Pistons, 126, Nuggets 109: AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Brandon Jennings had a season-high 35 points to go with 12 assists, Josh Smith had 30 points and the Detroit Pistons rolled to a 126-109 win over the Denver Nuggets Saturday night.
The game didn’t quite match Detroit’s 186-184 triple-overtime win over Denver 30 years ago, but still saw 11 players score in double figures and the Pistons put up a season high in points.
Rodney Stuckey added 19 points for Detroit, while Andre Drummond had 18 points and 15 rebounds.
Randy Foye led the Nuggets with 25 points, while Wilson Chandler scored 20 and J.J. Hickson added 15 points and 16 rebounds. Denver lost point guard Ty Lawson to a back strain late in the first half. Evan Fournier replaced him at the start of the second half, with Foye moving from shooting guard to the point.
Spurs 104, Bobcats 100: CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Patty Mills scored 18 of his season-high 32 points in the fourth quarter and Tim Duncan had a double-double to lead San Antonio past Charlotte for its fourth win in five games.
Mills was 10 of 13 from the field, including 5 of 5 in the fourth quarter. He also connected on 8 of 9 foul shots and had four 3-pointers to help the Spurs defeat the Bobcats for the sixth straight time.
Duncan finished with 16 points and 13 rebounds for his 22nd double-double of the season.
The red hot Al Jefferson led the way for the Bobcats (22-29) with 26 points and nine rebounds. Gerald Henderson added 23 points.
Grizzlies 79, Hawks 76: ATLANTA — Zach Randolph scored 20 points and Memphis shut down Atlanta to continue its pattern of winning on the road.
The Hawks set a season scoring low after leading 29-27 following the first period. Atlanta was held to a combined 25 points in the second and third periods.
Paul Millsap had 20 points and 11 rebounds for Atlanta, which has lost three straight. The Grizzlies ended a two-game skid.
Atlanta’s Lou Williams missed a 3-pointer with about 1 second remaining.
Memphis has held eight straight road opponents to no more than 90 points. The Grizzlies, one game under .500 at home, are 14-8 on the road.
Courtney Lee scored 14 points and Nick Calathes had 10 for Memphis.
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