Love has 42 in Wolves' 122-110 win over Blazers

ANNE M. PETERSON AP Sports Writer Published:

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Kevin Love scored a season-high 42 points and added 10 rebounds, and the Minnesota Timberwolves snapped a 16-game losing streak to the Portland Trail Blazers with a 122-110 victory on Saturday night.

The Timberwolves had not defeated the Blazers since a 94-93 victory at home on March 25, 2007. The Timberwolves hadn't won in Portland since Dec. 7, 2005, a string of 11 straight games.

Love was just one shy of his career-best 43 points scored at Denver on Dec. 18, 2010.

Former Blazers swingman Martel Webster added 21 points and eight rebounds for the Timberwolves.

Gerald Wallace had 25 points and 14 rebounds for the Blazers, who have lost nine of their last 13 games. Nicolas Batum finished with 29 points.

Blazers All-Star LaMarcus Aldridge, who was averaging 22.1 points and 8.3 rebounds going into the game, was held to 14 points and seven boards before fouling out with just under five minutes left in the fourth quarter.

Minnesota was playing the final game of a four-game West Coast trip. While they opened with a win against the Clippers, the Timberwolves lost two straight to the Lakers and the Suns.

J.J. Barea, who missed Thursday night's 104-95 loss to the Suns with a strained right calf, returned and had six points in 19 minutes for Minnesota.

The Timberwolves jumped on Portland from the start, going up 20-12 on Love's 3-pointer and extending it to 31-17 on Webster's 3.

Portland climbed back in it in the second when Aldridge's hook shot narrowed the margin to 40-36. The Blazers squeezed it to 47-46 after Wallace's jam, then took the lead with Nicolas Batum's 3-pointer.

Portland held a narrow lead until Love's 3-pointer made it 61-60 at the half.

Love hit another 3 near the end of the third quarter to put Minnesota in front 81-73. Both Aldridge and center Joel Przybilla, who was playing in his second game with the Blazers after signing with the team as a free agent last week, got into foul trouble.

Portland's 9-2 run pulled the team within 84-82 to start the fourth quarter, but it was short-lived, and Minnesota went up 99-86 on Derrick Williams' basket and free throw with 7:41 left. The Blazers never posed much of a challenge the rest of the way.

The game got chippy midway through the fourth when Williams and Wallace exchanged words.

Several Timberwolves have ties to Oregon and the Trail Blazers. Love grew up in Lake Oswego, just outside of Portland, while Luke Ridnour played for the Oregon Ducks in Eugene. Webster played five seasons for the Blazers from 2005-10.

Notes: Running back LaMichael James, who has declared for the upcoming NFL draft, was among those at the game. ... Blazers center Marcus Camby suffered a cut on his chin in the first half that required eight stitches. He returned in the second half. ... Blazers forward/center Kurt Thomas was inactive for the second straight game because of a concussion. ... The Blazers were coming off a 107-93 loss at the Rose Garden to the Miami Heat.