Wolves blow early lead, fall short to Portland in home opener


Portland Trail Blazers 106

Minnesota Timberwolves 101

The Minnesota Timberwolves couldn't maintain a quick start and they stumbled on an emotional night at Target Center, falling to the Portland Trailblazers 106-101.

The night began with a stirring tribute to fallen Timberwolves coach and president Flip Saunders, who died last week from complications of Hodgkin's Lymphoma.

1. A fast start fades

The Wolves used some of the emotion from that tribute to Saunders to jump out to a quick start, building a 34-21 lead in the first quarter.

But the energy didn't last, as the Trail Blazers turned the tables in the second quarter.

2. No slowing Damian Lillard

The Wolves didn't have an answer for Portland point guard Damian Lillard. He took the game over, leading the way for Portland with 34 points and seven assists.

Lillard was also 4-of-9 from the three-point line.

This embed is invalid

3. Timberwolves bench

The Wolves bench was the main bright spot for the team, as they combined to score 60 points in the game. Kevin Martin had a team-high 24 for the Wolves.

Gorgui Dieng added 12 points and five rebounds, while Zach LaVine had 10 off the bench as well.

Tweet of the night:

Air Canada!

Up Next:

The Wolves (2-1) host Miami on Thursday night.

Next Up

Karl-Anthony Towns

Timberwolves' defense fuels win over Pelicans

The Wolves' have bought in on the defensive end as part of a 2-0 start.

Minnesota Wild

Ryan Hartman's OT goal helps Wild stay undefeated

The Wild improved to 4-0 with a win over the Ducks.

Mar'Keise Irving / Gopher Football

Gophers pound Maryland to stay in Big Ten West race

Four different players scored a rushing touchdown in a 34-16 victory over Maryland.

Father Paul Kubista at St. Mary of Czestochowa

Controversy after Delano priest shares vaccine misinformation in church bulletin

Father Paul Kubista is pastor at St. Mary of Czestochowa Catholic Church.


Mel-O-Glaze, DreamHaven Books robbed at gunpoint minutes apart

The businesses were hit by three robbers just six minutes apart on Oct. 21.

Cambridge house explosion

Explosion destroys house in Cambridge, 5 injured

The explosion occurred early Saturday morning on the 33000 block of Hillary Circle.


Charges: Lyft driver sexually assaulted woman in her home

The defendant is being held on a $100,000 bond.

Pixabay - black bear

Black bear bites professional baseball player in western Wisconsin

The former MSU-Mankato star was bitten in his back.

mickey moore driver's license shared

Beleaguered Ward 9 city council candidate loses Strib endorsement

Mickey Moore has faced questions in recent days about where he actually lives.