Minneapolis, MN (Learfield) -- For the second time this season the Minnesota Timberwolves led Portland by 17 points -- and still lost the game.  

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A late rally by the Wolves fell short at home in Saturday's 109-103 loss.  Some good individual performances were wasted.

Karl-Anthony Towns scored a game-high 27 points and took down 12 rebounds.  Point guard Ricky Rubio had 15 assists.  Damian Lillard's 19 points led a balanced Blazer attack.  Portland had six in double figures, hitting over half of their shots from the field.  Minnesota led 63-46 in the third period before Portland came back.  

The Timberwolves host the Los Angeles Clippers tomorrow (Monday) night.