Aldridge scores 37 to lead Blazers past T-Wolves

LaMarcus Aldridge scored a career-high 37 points and the Portland Trail Blazers won for the 15th consecutive time over Minnesota, beating the Timberwolves 113-102 Monday night.

Aldridge, who scored 36 points Minnesota on Dec. 17, hit 15 of 24 shots in leading the Trail Blazers to their second consecutive win. He also grabbed 12 rebounds and is averaging 34 points and 11 rebounds in three games against Minnesota this season.

Wesley Matthews scored 23 points for Portland. Andre Miller had 15 points and 10 assists for the Blazers.

Portland's 113 points was a season high.

Darko Milicic and Kevin Love each scored 22 points to lead Minnesota, which has lost seven of eight games. Milicic hit 11 of 16 shots in his best scoring game of season. Love grabbed 14 rebounds for the Timberwolves.

The last time Minnesota beat Portland was March 25, 2007.

Portland led 50-46 at halftime. The Blazers shot 41 percent, but rallied to take the halftime lead by scoring the final seven points of the second quarter.

Portland took control of the game during a 38-point third quarter. The Blazers led by 16 points after an 11-2 run midway through the quarter, and led 88-73 heading into the fourth quarter.

Minnesota closed to within 100-92 on a three-point play by Corey Brewer with four minutes remaining, but a rebound dunk by Aldridge ended the Timberwolves' run.

Notes: The Blazers announced that guard Brandon Roy underwent successful arthroscopic surgery on both knees Monday. Roy, a three-time NBA all star, has missed the past 16 games. It is unknown how long Roy will be sidelined Love has 28 consecutive double-doubles, and an NBA-best 37 this season Rudy Fernandez had four steals during the second quarter. He had five in the game, a career high. Portland's 38-point third quarter was its highest of any quarter this season. The Blazers' three highest scoring quarters of the season have come against Minnesota. The Timberwolves' 2-20 road record is the worst in the Western Conference.