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February 9, 2014

Blazers top short-handed Timberwolves

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.

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