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That's a dozen!
posted: Friday, December 28, 2007 at 9:16 PM

The Trail Blazers have defeated the Timberwolves 109-98 and have now won an incredible 12 games in a row.

The Trail Blazers were led by their sophomore stars Brandon Roy and LaMarcus Aldridge. Roy scored 22 points, collected six rebounds and dished out five assists. Aldridge scored 21 points and grabbed eight rebounds.

The Trail Blazers had four other players with double-figure scoring nights: Jarrett Jack with 14 points, Channing Frye with 13, Steve Blake with 12 and James Jones with 12.

The Timberwolves were led by 22 points and seven rebounds from Al Jefferson. Rashad McCants added 21 points and Ryan Gomes scored 16. Sebastian Telfair dished out 11 assists before collecting his sixth foul.

The Trail Blazers dominated the offensive glass, collecting 14 offensive rebounds that led to 21 second-chance points.

The Trail Blazers bench was a major contributor again, as the White Squad scored 46 points.

That's 12 in a row for the Trail Blazers, who are now 6-1 in games against Northwest Division opponents.

The Trail Blazers next take on the Philadelphia 76ers on Sunday at 3:00 p.m. as they go for their 13th in a row!!!

Don't miss it!!!


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Blogger Derek said...

good team ball that why we are still winning we are really unselfish now work on our d and our free throws and maybe we can be a playoff team

rip city baby

9:52 PM  
Blogger Scott Heacock said...

No one can say the TRAILBLAZERS are not hot. Look at the stats.
That’s T.W.E.L.V.E consecutive in the win column. Rebounds, Assists, six players scoring in double digits What’s really impressive is their Defensive stats any team can score but, it's usually the team that stops the other team from scoring that gets the W. Let’s see what the Streaking Blazers can do in January on the road against the often unfairly higher touted eastern conference teams in their house.
Chances are they keep up the "D" and they will keep getting the wins.

9:57 PM  
Blogger Ed said...

BRoy does so many little things well. He steals the ball, blocks shots, hussles to get the loose ball, and feeds his team mates the ball at the right time. He is one of the most unselfish ALLSTARS I have ever seen. What a leader!!!!!

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Blogger GiangioTheGlide said...

Hi. In Italy 13 is a lucky number...so go for 13th!!! Go Blazers!!!

8:38 AM  
Blogger RebbyPDX said...

12 is also the largest point margin of any of their wins. Meanwhile they won an overtime game, a 1-pointer, a 3-pointer, and a 5-pointer. They are winning the close ones. This is good because nothing is more discouraging for a team than to lose close games. For such a young team they are exhibiting the maturity of a veteran team that is used to winning. I hope this continues. I think the keys are teamwork, their deep bench, and being hungry - just like a prize fighter that is getting a title shot at the champion.

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B-Roy finishing it off
posted: at 9:14 PM

Brandon just hit two free-throws while the crowd shouted, "M-V-P! M-V-P!" Brandon has 22 points, five rebounds and five assists tonight. The Trail Blazers are up 104-93 with 46 seconds to play.


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A crazy play
posted: at 9:13 PM

Jarrett was falling out of bounds on the left side at half court... he threw the ball to the right corner to James Jones, who found a cutting LaMarcus for a layup.

The Trail Blazers lead 102-91 with 55 seconds remaining... that means it should be 12 wins in a row!!!


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LaMarcus Aaaallllridge
posted: at 9:10 PM

LaMarcus hit a deep jumper to give the Trail Blazers a 98-86 lead...

McCants answered with a three-pointer, but LaMarcus came right back with another jumper from the same spot to get the Trail Blazers to 100 points!


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12 in a row AND free chalupas?? Whatta team... Watch out Philly!!

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Mr. Jones stops the bleeding
posted: at 9:07 PM

James Jones hit a three to stop the Timberwolves' run, but Corey Brewer answered immediately. The Trail Blazers now lead 96-84 with just over two minutes remaining.


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A "Minny" comeback
posted: at 9:03 PM

The Timberwolves are on an 8-0 run behind two three-pointers and a tip-in layup. The Trail Blazers lead is down to 11 points, so they'll need to shape-up to keep this one wrapped.


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What a run
posted: at 9:00 PM

In the third quarter, the Trail Blazers led 66-63. That means it's been a 27-11 run since then. WOW!


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Travis goes skywalking
posted: at 8:59 PM

Channing dished to T.O. and then the fireworks began - Travis elevated for a HUGE dunk from the baseline.

Trail Blazers lead by 19, 93-74!!!


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B-Roy at the line
posted: at 8:57 PM

Brandon drove strong to the hole and was fouled by Brewer... he hits the first... and the second... and the Trail Blazers lead 91-74. Brandon now has 20 points - 10 have come this quarter.


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What a run to start the quarter
posted: at 8:54 PM

The Trail Blazers went on a 9-0 run to start the fourth quarter. The run ended minutes ago and Portland now leads 89-74 after a layup by Timberwolves rookie Corey Brewer.


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Brandon Roy shake-n-bake
posted: at 8:52 PM

Brandon Roy just made Marko Jaric go cross-eyed with his crossover, then hit a jumper to give the Trail Blazers an 89-72 lead.


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Channing in charge
posted: at 8:50 PM

Channing grabbed another offensive rebound and drew a foul on the put-back... he converted the three-point play and the Trail Blazers lead 87-69.


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Roy Roy Roy
posted: at 8:48 PM

Another make by Brandon has the Trail Blazers leading 83-69 and the Rose Garden is rocking.

Next possession: Brandon penetrates and draws a foul... he misses the first FT... makes the second... and the Trail Blazers lead by 15.


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B-Roy starts the 4th right
posted: at 8:47 PM

Brandon hit a turnaround inside over McCants and drew the foul... after hitting the free-throw, the Trail Blazers lead 81-69. The 12-point lead is their largest of the game.


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Another run to close out the quarter
posted: at 8:44 PM

Travis Outlaw stuffed Al Jefferson in the last moments of the third quarter and the Trail Blazers will take a nine-point lead into the final quarter.

Five Trail Blazers have double-figures in points: LaMarcus has 13, Jarrett and Steve have 12 each and Brandon and Channing each have 10.

Ryan Gomes and Al Jefferson each have 16 for Minnesota.


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Travis tee's off
posted: at 8:42 PM

T.O. hits a beautiful jumper from the corner...

After a Minnesota turnover, B-Roy finds Jarrett on the break for a layup to give the Trail Blazers a 78-69 lead.


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Boomshakalaka
posted: at 8:40 PM

The Rose Garden crowd rose to its feet after a huge Channing dunk...

Next possession, Channing grabs an offensive rebound and draws a foul... he hits the first... and the second... and the Trail Blazers lead is now 74-67.


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Jefferson needs to be contained
posted: at 8:39 PM

After scoring just six points in the first half, Al Jefferson has scored 10 in the third quarter.


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Channing again
posted: at 8:37 PM

Channing hit a deep jumper and the Trail Blazers are up by five.

Update: another turnaround jumper by LaMarcus gives the Trail Blazers a 70-63 lead.


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Great hustle
posted: at 8:33 PM

After a B-Roy steal, Blake found Channing by the basket for a dunk. After two Telfair free-throws, the Trail Blazers lead 66-63 with four minutes remaining in the third.


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B-Roy breaking ankles
posted: at 8:31 PM

Brandon just left Ryan Gomes frozen with a nasty crossover - then took it all the way to the hole, floating over Al Jefferson for a layup. Brandon has 10 points and the Trail Blazers lead 64-59.


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LA's light touch
posted: at 8:29 PM

LaMarcus hit a sweet turnaround jumper over Craig Smith to increase the Trail Blazers' lead to 62-59. LaMarcus now has 11 points and six rebounds.


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Need leashes for these Wolves
posted: at 8:26 PM

Al Jefferson scored again, giving him 14 points, and Ryan Gomes hit a three to bring the Timberwolves within a point.

The Trail Blazers lead 60-59 with 7:31 remaining in the third quarter. Portland needs to retake control of this game before the Timberwolves really start to roll.


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Tough start
posted: at 8:24 PM

The Trail Blazers have started well, but the Timberwolves have started better.

A LaMarcus layup makes the score 60-54 in favor of the Trail Blazers.


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This is why he was traded for KG
posted: at 8:23 PM

Al Jefferson has scored the first six points of the second half for Minnesota. He now has 12 points and the Trail Blazers lead is down to 57-52.


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B-Roy to LA
posted: at 8:18 PM

Brandon penetrated and kicked out to LaMarcus for a jumper.

Two makes by Al Jefferson has made the score 57-50, Trail Blazers lead.


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Notes from the first half
posted: at 8:09 PM

The Trail Blazers have shot 7-15 from behind the three-point arc already this game, more than their average for made three-pointers per game this season.

The Trail Blazers continue their strong rebounding. They lead Minnesota 9-3 in offensive rebounds.


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End of the first half
posted: at 8:05 PM

The Trail Blazers made a late run to take a nine-point lead into the locker room at the end of the first half, 55-46. Steve Blake leads the Trail Blazers with 10 points and four assists. Brandon Roy scored seven points in the first quarter, but sat out the entire second quarter because of foul trouble. LaMarcus Aldridge leads Portland with six rebounds and has scored five points.

The Timberwolves have been led by a trio that came over in the KG trade. Ryan Gomes leads Minnesota with nine points. Gerald Green has scored eight points on two three-pointers and a spectacular windmill dunk. Al Jefferson has scored just six points, but played well at the end of the half.


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LaMarcus at the line
posted: at 8:02 PM

LaMarcus drew a foul on Jefferson while posting up... he hits the first... but misses the second. Portland leads 55-46 with under 30 seconds remaining in the half.


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Blake's butckets
posted: at 8:01 PM

Steve Blake has two three-pointers and an assist on the last three possessions. The Trail Blazers now lead 54-46 behind Blake's 10 points and four assists.


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Jarrett all the way
posted: at 7:57 PM

JJ came around a screen and took it all the way to the basket for a layup. The Trail Blazers lead 46-44, but Al Jefferson is at the line for the T-Wolves.

Update: Jefferson hit both of his shots and the score is tied, 46-46.


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LaMarcus says no
posted: at 7:56 PM

McCants tried to elevate for a dunk... but he couldn't get up over LaMarcus. Big LA absolutely rejected him, protecting the 44-42 Portland lead.


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Steve sprinting
posted: at 7:54 PM

Steve Blake has been hustling all over the court. He missed a shot, ran down his own rebound, then got the ball back to hit a three that tied the game at 42-42.

The Trail Blazers need to get a hold on Gerald Green and Rashad McCants, who have combined for 15 points in the second quarter.


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Joel jams
posted: at 7:51 PM

Joel got a dish from Steve inside and threw it down in traffic. His dunk ties the game at 39-39.


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Mr. Jones shooting three...
posted: at 7:48 PM

James was fouled by Gerald Green while shooting a three and will shoot free throws after this timeout. The Trail Blazers are down by one, but will likely have the lead in just a moment. Jones is 32-34 from the free-throw line this season.


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More from the corner
posted: at 7:45 PM

Mr. Jones hits a two from the corner to tie the game at 35-35. Jones has five points and Jack has six.


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JJ for three - which one?
posted: at 7:42 PM

Jarrett hit a three from the corner to give the Trail Blazers a 33-31 advantage.

The lead was quickly erased by a Rashad McCants layup.


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Slam Dunk Champ
posted: at 7:41 PM

Gerald Green, last year's dunk contest champion, put down a crazy windmill dunk on a fast break for the Timberwolves.

The Timberwolves have gone on a bit of a run, taking the lead 31-30. The Trail Blazers have looked a little sloppy - a timeout called by Nate will hopefully sharpen things up.


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James Jones loves the corner
posted: at 7:39 PM

Mr. Jones loves the corner three-pointers - he hit another one, just business as usual.


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Channing hits
posted: at 7:37 PM

Channing looked off his man and was left wide open. He took advantage and hit a deep jumper. Channing has played well the last few games and seems to be continuing his strong play.


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End of the first quarter
posted: at 7:34 PM

The Trail Blazers lead 25-19 at the end of the first quarter. Brandon Roy's seven points lead the Trail Blazers, but he will be on the bench for much of the second quarter with two fouls. Eight points from Ryan Gomes has kept the Timberwolves in the game.


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White Squad in the game
posted: at 7:31 PM

The entire White Squad has entered the game for the Trail Blazers - Sergio, Jarrett, James, Travis and Channing.

The score is 25-19, Trail Blazers leading with under 30 seconds to go. Travis just buried a jumper.


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Who was that?
posted: at 7:30 PM

Was that Jarrett or Martell???

JJ just buried a three from the corner, like Martell loves to do.


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LaMarcus leaping
posted: at 7:27 PM

Brandon fed LaMarcus, who took off about 15 feet from the basket and slammed it home. The Trail Blazers currently lead 20-14 with 2:43 remaining in the first quarter.

Update: Brandon drew his second foul and will likely come out of the game. The White Squad is already working its way into the game - Channing and Jarrett entered in the last few minutes.


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Martell mash
posted: at 7:24 PM

Blake found Martell inside... and Martell dunked right on top of his man. The Trail Blazers are all over the offensive boards, with six already.


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Balance is best
posted: at 7:21 PM

Steve Blake hit a three and now all 5 starters have scored for the Trail Blazers.

Update: A fast-break by the Timberwolves narrows the Trail Blazer lead to 14-12. B-Roy leads the Trail Blazers with five points and Joel already has four rebounds. Ryan Gomes leads Minnesota with six points and Telfair has three assists.


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Another Gator
posted: at 7:18 PM

Also playing for the Timberwolves is two-time NCAA champion Chris Richard, who just subbed in and will guard LaMarcus.

A B-Roy free-throw gives the Trail Blazers a 9-8 lead.


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Inside passing
posted: at 7:16 PM

LaMarcus grabbed an offensive rebound and immediately found Joel for a big two-handed dunk. A Telfair jumper makes the score 8-6 Trail Blazers.


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B-Roy on the board
posted: at 7:13 PM

B-Roy hits a deep two over his man and the Trail Blazers lead 4-2. The game has been a little sloppy so far, but the Trail Blazers are hitting their shots.

Update: Martell buries a jumper from the corner, and Portland is up 6-2.


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LaMarcus right away
posted: at 7:11 PM

LaMarcus takes advantage of his three-inch height advantage over Smith and hits a jumper on the first possession.


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Starting lineups
posted: at 7:05 PM

The Trail Blazers will start Martell Webster (SF), LaMarcus Aldridge (PF), Joel Przybilla (C), Steve Blake (PG) and Brandon Roy (SG).

The Timberwolves will start Ryan Gomes (SF), Craig Smith (PF), Al Jefferson (C), Sebastian Telfair (PG) and Corey Brewer (SG).

The Trail Blazers will have a size advantage at power forward, where Craig Smith is undersized.

The Trail Blazers are also getting their first look at Corey Brewer, Minnesota's first round draft choice. Brewer won two NCAA championships at the University of Florida, where he was a teammate of Trail Blazers rookie Taurean Green.


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Starters' struggles
posted: at 6:44 PM

While the Trail Blazers have gotten all the contributions they've needed recently (obviously - they haven't lost in over 3 weeks), they could use a return to form by two of their starters. LaMarcus and Martell both struggled mightily against the SuperSonics on Christmas. LaMarcus scored just two points on 1-10 shooting, although he rebounded well and made big plays away from the ball; Martell scored just four points against Seattle.

But if there's any team you want to face to get back on track, it may be the Timberwolves.


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Familiar face
posted: at 6:36 PM

Trail Blazer fans will see a familiar face in the starting line-up of the Timberwolves. Sebastian Telfair was one of the players traded from Boston to Minnesota in the Kevin Garnett trade. Telfair recently entered the Timberwolves' starting line-up and has played well. He leads the team in assists, averaging 5.6 per game. On December 21 against Indiana, Telfair scored 27 points and dished out 11 assists while playing all 48 minutes of the game.


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Delightful Dozen?
posted: at 6:19 PM

The Trail Blazers go for win number 12 tonight against division foe Minnesota. The Trail Blazers' winning streak has put them in second place in the Northwest Division with a record of 16-12. Portland is one game behind Denver for first place. Brandon Roy's penetration, Martell Webster's three-point shooting, LaMarcus Aldridge's post play, Steve Blake's consistency and Joel Przybilla's toughness have keyed this tremendous streak. Equally important has been the tremendous play of the White Squad, the second unit for the Trail Blazers. Jarrett Jack, Sergio Rodriguez, Travis Outlaw, James Jones and Channing Frye are vital participants in the Trail Blazers' success.

The Timberwolves have had different fortunes this season. They are just 4-23 in their first season without Kevin Garnett. The Timberwolves traded Garnett to Boston this offseason, bringing in a crop of young talent. Al Jefferson, the centerpiece of the trade, has done a more than admirable job this year. He comes in to tonight with Garnett-like numbers, averaging 20.3 points and 12.3 rebounds. If Aldridge and Przybilla can shut down Jefferson, the Timberwolves will have a hard time knocking of the Trail Blazers.


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