There were comebacks. There were technicals. There were dazzling individual efforts. And there were enough jaw-dropping highlights to fill an entire “SportsCenter” segment. But more than anything, as the Trail Blazers dispatched the Minnesota Timberwolves 108-97 Sunday night before 19,458 at the Moda Center, there was one incredible and indelible performance by Thomas Robinson. The power forward who can’t seem to keep his powerful body on the court, had a career night against the Timberwolves, using a mix of hustle and muscle to record 14 points, a career-high 18 rebounds, two blocks and two assists. Three-time All-Star LaMarcus Aldridge missed his third consecutive game with a strained left groin, but it sure didn’t look like it Sunday night as the Blazers (38-18) inched another step away from their worst slump of the season. “We were joking when we got back in the locker room, called him Thomas Aldridge,” Damian Lillard said of Robinson. “He was huge.” He was also important. For much of the first half, the Blazers looked lethargic and listless as Kevin Love (31 points, 10 rebounds) punished them all over the floor and the Timberwolves — who led by as many as 18 points — made minced meat of their shaky defense. But just before the halftime buzzer, Robinson made a few hustle plays — chasing offensive rebounds, leading the charge on defense — and the Blazers fed off the energy, using a quick 8-0 burst to take some mojo into the locker room. From then on, it was a different game, as the Blazers — starting with that run — outscored the Timberwolves 56-26, a streak that lasted all the way until the 5:56 mark of the fourth quarter.
Trail Blazers beat Minnesota Timberwolves thanks to a beastly, career-night from Thomas Robinson
Oregonian | Feb 24