Blazers beat undermanned Timberwolves

The Sports Xchange/Reuters

Posted at Feb 09 2014 01:35 PM | Updated as of Feb 09 2014 09:35 PM

Portland Trail Blazers forward LaMaracus Aldridge (12) guarded by Minnesota Timberwolves forward Dante Cunningham (33) (back) and forward Corey Brewer (13) (R) at Target Center. The Trail Blazers defeated the Wolves 117-110. Photo by Marilyn Indahl, USA TODAY Sports/Reuters.

Trail Blazers 117, Timberwolves 110

Forward LaMarcus Aldridge scored 26 points and guard C.J. McCollum came off the bench to score 19 to lead the Portland Trail Blazers to a tougher-than-expected 117-110 victory over the injury-depleted Minnesota Timberwolves.

Minnesota, which played without forward Kevin Love, shooting guard Kevin Martin and center Nikola Pekovic because of injuries, kept the game close for three quarters and led early in the fourth quarter before the Blazers rallied.

Aldridge scored six points in an 11-1 run midway through the fourth quarter that put the game away.

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Rockets 101, Bucks 95

Center Dwight Howard scored 27 points and the Houston Rockets extended their winning streak to five games with a 101-95 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks.

Howard hit three of four free throws down the stretch to close out the game for Houston.

The Rockets also got 22 points from guard James Harden and 18 from point guard Jeremy Lin to finish off a season sweep of Milwaukee.

Undermanned, the Bucks kept pressure on Houston but never could get over the hump.

Point guard Nate Wolters set career highs with 19 points and seven rebounds while Brandon Knight led Milwaukee with 23 points.