------The Portland Trail Blazers magic number is now two as they come from behind to defeat the Minnesota Timberwolves 105-98 Thursday night at the Moda Center.
The Blazers magic number is now two after their 105-98 win over the Timberwolves Thursday night at the Moda Center. Allen Crabbe played his best game when his team needed him most. Crabbe scored 10 points in a 48-second span of the fourth quarter during a Blazers 17-4 run that finished off the Timberwolves. Crabbe finished the night with 25 points and hit a career-high eight three pointers.
The Blazers dominated the final quarter outscoring the Wolves 25-11. Minnesota made just three shots in the quarter, and Portland controlled the glass pulling down 16 defensive rebounds. Crabbe's offense ignited the Blazers defense and the crowd.
The Blazers defense in the fourth forced Minnesota out of the paint. Karl-Anthony Towns had 22 points and 12 rebounds entering the fourth, but he took only two shots in the final twelve minutes finishing with 24 and 16 rebounds.
The Blazers struggled in the first half missing shots, failing to convert in transition, and playing poor defense allowing the TImberwolves to score 61 points on 56.5% shooting. The Wolves extended their lead to as much as 15 points in the third quarter, but a 15-2 Blazers run got them within striking distance and energized the crowd entering the fourth quarter.
Portland (39-40) has three games remaining on the season. They host Utah on Sunday, San Antonio on Monday, and finish up the season on Wednesday against New Orleans.
Chad's Take- Allen Crabbe was special tonight. He had his best game as a pro when the Blazers needed him most. He hit a career-high eight three-pointers and scored 10 points during a 17-4 Blazers run to start the fourth quarter. Lillard and McCollum needed someone else to take pressure off of them and Crabbe was the one who provided the boost. I give the Blazers credit for the win. They are a battered unit, but they found a way to battle back in the second half to get the win showing some grit and toughness.