The Blazers weren’t feeling good about their win-streak against the Lakers being snapped on Saturday night. Fortunately they were able to get back on the court within 24 hours and get right. Playing a rare back-to-back at home, Portland routed a Timberwolves team in disarray 111-81.
Missing Jimmy Butler, Jeff Teague, and Derrick Rose, the Wolves had little scoring punch besides Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins. The tandem combined to score 40 points on 13-29 shooting, but were the only Minnesota players in double-digits.
For Portland, Jusuf Nurkic led a balanced Portland attack with 19 points and 12 rebounds. Damian Lillard chipped in 18, and CJ McCollum added 16 points. Off the bench, Meyers Leonard had 15 points and 12 rebounds for his first double-double in 24 months. Zach Collins added 11 for the Blazers.
Portland is now 7-3 on the season and faces the talented Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday night.