The Portland Trail Blazers won yet another Northwest Division contest at the Moda Center with a 115-104 victory against the Minnesota Timberwolves Saturday night. With the victory, the Trail Blazers matched their win total from last season with three months to go in the regular season.
While the matchup was billed as a showdown between the NBA’s two best power forwards, LaMarcus Aldridge and Kevin Love, it was Trail Blazers small forward Nicolas Batum who provided the highlights early.
Batum, who the Timberwolves tried to acquire via restricted free agency two summers ago, scored Portland’s first five points and finished the first quarter with 11 points, five rebounds and three assists. He would finish the night with 13 points, eight rebounds and five assists in 35 minutes.
Full recap and post game audio: trailblazers.com