Turner makes history with Triple-Double, Blazers beat T-Wolves 132-122
Evan Turner made history Monday night in Minnesota, coming off the bench to notch a triple-double with 13 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists, all while not missing from the floor in Portland’s 132-122 road win over the Timberwolves.
Evan Turner made all 5 of his FG attempts on Monday, finishing with 13 PTS, 11 REB, & 10 AST. He becomes the first player in @NBAHistory to come off the bench and shoot perfect from the floor while posting a triple-double. @EliasSports pic.twitter.com/hqZjv239x0
— NBA.com/Stats (@nbastats) April 2, 2019
“I really thought this game kind of exemplifies the way we need to play,” Blazers coach Terry Stotts said postgame. “We got to depend on different guys, different guys on different nights.”
Turner contributed throughout the night, but the Blazers could not have won without the performances from Seth Curry (19 points, 8 in the fourth quarter), Rodney Hood (21 points), and Enes Kanter’s double-double (20 points, 11 rebounds). Damian Lillard also had a double-double with 15 points and 12 assists for the road team.
Curry’s 19 was part of the 60-point night from Portland’s bench that also featured double-digit nights from Turner and Jake Layman (11 points).
The Blazers trailed by six early in the fourth quarter at 105-99, but were able to overtake the T-Wolves 110-109 with 8:13 remaining on a layup by Al-Farouq Aminu. Portland went on to outscore the home side 35-22 in the final period to grab the victory.
The Blazers shot 50% from 3-point range as a team (15-for-30) and an impeccable 54.9% from the floor (50-for-91). They out-rebounded Minnesota 55-44 and dominated the points in the paint 64-46.
Portland improves to 10-2 in its last 12 games, and have won seven of its last eight. They move into a tie with Houston for the no.3 seed in the Western Conference with five games to go in the regular season. Both teams are 49-28 overall. The Blazers won two of three in the season-series from the Rockets to earn the tie-breaker, if necessary.
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