Led by Brandon Roy and thanks to an extended stretch at home, the Portland Trail Blazers have put together an impressive run over the last month.
The Blazers look to extend their longest winning streak in six years to 12 games Friday when they host the lowly Minnesota Timberwolves.
Portland (16-12) owns the longest current winning streak in the NBA, going unbeaten since falling 100-79 to the San Antonio Spurs on Dec. 2. The Blazers, who have won eight in a row at home, are on their longest winning streak since winning 12 in a row from Feb. 18-March 8, 2002.
Portland's latest victory was a 89-79 win over the Seattle SuperSonics on Wednesday. It improved to 13-3 at home this year and 4-0 on this six-game homestand.
"We're going out there with all the confidence in the world, and a sense of urgency at the same time," forward Martell Webster said. "It's resulting in wins."
Roy and Jarrett Jack each had 17 points, while Joel Przybilla had a season-high 16 rebounds. The Blazers won despite shooting a season-low 38.7 percent from the field.
Roy, Portland's leading scorer, has been held below 20 points in his last two games after averaging 24.2 over the previous nine. Seattle's Kevin Durant, however, told the Blazers' official Web site that Roy is still dangerous even when he's not putting up a lot of points.
"Brandon Roy controls the game," Durant said. "He doesn't have to score, he sets guys up for baskets. With a guy like that, you're going to win."
Roy, who was the sixth overall pick by Minnesota in the 2006 draft, was traded to Portland for Randy Foye and cash considerations on draft day. Foye has yet to play this season because of a left knee injury.
The Northwest Division rivals are playing Friday for the first time. They split four meetings last season, each winning twice at home. Minnesota (4-23) has lost three straight in Portland after winning seven of the previous 10 games there.
Portland is 5-1 against Northwest opponents this season, while Minnesota is 0-3.
The Timberwolves, who own the NBA's worst record, have lost two straight and eight of nine, including a 105-101 loss to the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday. Minnesota, which is two games into a five-game road trip, dropped to 1-13 on the road this year.
The Timberwolves fell behind by as many as 22 points Wednesday before rallying in the fourth quarter. Ryan Gomes brought Minnesota within two with 1:04 remaining, but after Golden State went back up by four, the Timberwolves committed a shot clock violation with 23 seconds left.
"Tonight's game, story of our season," said Rashad McCants, who returned and scored 15 points after missing the previous two games with the flu. "We can't let ourselves get behind by so much. We've come back from large deficits like this but it always seems like we have way too many turnovers."
The Timberwolves committed 22 turnovers which led to 24 Golden State points. Six players scored in double figures, led by Al Jefferson's 20 points and 19 rebounds.
Jefferson has eight straight double-doubles, averaging 21.6 points and 15.1 rebounds in that span.
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