By ANNE M. PETERSON – AP Sports Writer
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Karl-Anthony Towns had 23 points and 10 rebounds, and the Minnesota Timberwolves ended a five-game losing streak with a 116-111 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Sunday night.
Anthony Edwards had 24 points for Minnesota, which also ended an eight-game losing streak in Portland.
“Everyone was so tense so this win made everyone take a deep breath, calm down,” said Edwards. “So now we’re fine. We came back to ourselves.
The loss was Portland’s fifth in a row. Season-high Blazers benched Anfernee Simons 26 points and Damian Lillard came back from an abdominal injury to score 24 points and take 11 rebounds.
Minnesota led up to 12 points in the third quarter, but Portland reduced the lead and increased to 100-93 with 7:51 remaining when Nassir Little called a 3-point with a two-handed dunk.
D’Angelo Russell’s 3-point pointer tied at 104 and Towns’ basket gave Minnesota a 106-104 lead with 3:04 to go.
Larry Nance Jr. dunked for the Blazers but Jarred Vanderbilt responded with a dunk for the Timberwolves. After Edwards made free throws, Patrick Beverly’s layup took Minnesota’s advantage to 112-106 with less than a minute to go and Portland couldn’t catch up.