Brandon Roy scored 19 points in another stellar outing against the team that originally drafted him, and the Portland Trail Blazers pounded the Minnesota Timberwolves 102-82 on Friday night.
Roy ran up his total playing just three quarters, and Rudy Fernandez added 18 points for the Blazers, who snapped a five-game road losing streak by sending the sputtering Wolves to their eighth straight home loss.
Travis Outlaw and LeMarcus Aldridge each added 15 points and Sergio Rodriguez had 12 for the Trail Blazers, who built a 19-point lead through three quarters and were never threatened.
Mike Miller and Craig Smith each scored 16 points to lead Minnesota.
Roy entered the game averaging 24 points against the Wolves, who took the 2006-07 Rookie of the Year with the sixth overall pick in that year's NBA Draft. Minnesota wound up trading him for Randy Foye and has been paying for it ever since.
Despite playing better as of late, Foye still went 5-for-15 from the floor and had 13 points, unable to drive the lane against Portland's big frontcourt. Minnesota's point guard entered the game averaging about eight foul attempts but got to the line just once against Portland _ for a technical free throw.
Despite being outshot and outrebounded early, the Blazers caught fire from the field and outscored Minnesota 54-37 in the second and third quarters.
Portland was 8-for-18 from the 3-point line and hit 50 percent (38 of 76) from the floor while committing only nine turnovers in the game.
Notes@: Minnesota coach Kevin McHale inserted Jason Collins into the starting lineup for the first time since Dec. 6 to counter Portland's size advantage. Collins finished with four points. ... Sheldon Williams made his first appearance for Minnesota since being traded from Sacramento with Bobby Brown for Rashad McCants and Calvin Booth on Feb. 19. ... Minnesota had scored 100 points in seven-straight games, but finished with its lowest point total since scoring 70 against Cleveland on Dec. 17 (33 games).
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