PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Terrell Brandon knows how to show his teammates a good time in his hometown.
Brandon scored 25 points to help the Minnesota Timberwolves get their first victory in Portland since 1993, beating the Trail Blazers 96-92 Thursday night.
Brandon also outplayed the Blazers' Damon Stoudamire, winning the matchup of former Portland high school point guards.
''Terrell is like anyone coming home to play,'' Minnesota coach Flip Saunders said. ''He doesn't get up too high, nor down too low. He plays at a steady pace, and tonight he had to be very aggressive. We ran a lot of pick and rolls for Terrell. He's as good as any guard in the league.''
Brandon's consistent playmaking is a big reason the Timberwolves are averaging an NBA-low 13.8 turnovers per game. They had eight against the Blazers, and Brandon committed just one.
After Stoudamire complained about playing time during the playoffs last season, many fans urged the Blazers to trade for Brandon, and this season's head-to-head matchups between the players may revive the grumblings.
Stoudamire, a graduate of Wilson High School, is having one of his best seasons, but Grant High's Brandon has simply been better whenever they get together. In their four meetings, Brandon is averaging 21 points and 8.5 assists, compared to 12 points and six assists for Stoudamire -- who had just nine points Thursday night.
The Timberwolves, who lost the previous 14 straight here and 18 of 19, got a lot of help from their reserves, especially Joe Smith. He scored 12 points in the last 7:05, including a desperate bank shot with 15.1 seconds left that put Minnesota ahead by four points.
''It might have been the game-winner for HORSE,'' said Smith, who was outplayed by Portland's Steve Smith for the first half of the fourth quarter. ''When I got it, I tried to put it as close to the rim as possible.''
Steve Smith, who also had 12 in the quarter, hit a 13-foot baseline jumper to cut Minnesota's lead to 91-89 with 40.3 seconds left.
At the other end, Kevin Garnett had the ball stripped by Scottie Pippen. The ball bounced to Joe Smith, who heaved a 17-foot shot off the glass to barely beat the shot clock and make it 93-89.
''He made an unbelievable shot when we needed it,'' said Garnett, who had 17 points and 12 rebounds. ''I was yelling, 'Yo dog, you got two (seconds),' and he shot it and won it for us.''
After a timeout, Pippen's inbounds pass was picked off by Garnett, who passed to Malik Sealy for the clinching dunk with 5.1 seconds left.
''We got what we deserved,'' Blazers coach Mike Dunleavy said. ''We in no way deserved to win this ball game the way we played in the second half.''
In the final two quarters, Portland was outscored 55-43 and outshot 58 percent to 50 percent. The Blazers' front line of Pippen, Rasheed Wallace and Arvydas Sabonis scored 40 points in the first half on 16-of-20 shooting, but scored just 15 on 6-of-14 shooting in the second half.
Wallace scored 19 points on 9-of-10 shooting for the second straight game, but he was in foul trouble for much of the game and wasn't a factor down the stretch. He didn't take a shot in the final 9 1/2 minutes. And once again, his temper got the best of him. As he argued with the officials after Garnett intercepted Pippen's inbounds pass, Wallace was issued his second technical and ejected.
Szczerbiak 6-9 2-4 16, Garnett 8-17 1-4 17, Garrett 0-1 0-0 0, Sealy 1-5 0-0 2, Brandon 11-20 3-3 25, J.Smith 5-9 6-6 16, Peeler 5-11 0-0 10, Nesterovic 3-6 2-2 8, Jackson 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 40-80 14-19 96.
Pippen 7-14 7-11 21, Wallace 9-10 1-3 19, Sabonis 6-10 2-2 15, S.Smith 9-17 0-1 19, Stoudamire 4-10 0-0 9, O'Neal 1-4 0-0 2, Wells 1-5 2-2 4, Anthony 0-1 0-0 0, Schrempf 1-3 0-0 3, Harvey 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 38-74 12-19 92.
Minnesota 16 25 30 25 -- 96
Portland 25 24 19 24 -- 92
3-Point Goals--Minnesota 2-7 (Szczerbiak 2-4, Peeler 0-1, Brandon 0-2), Portland 4-11 (Sabonis 1-1, Schrempf 1-1, Stoudamire 1-2, S.Smith 1-2, Wells 0-2, Pippen 0-3). Fouled out--Szczerbiak. Rebounds--Minnesota 41 (Garnett 12), Portland 47 (O'Neal, Sabonis 9). Assists--Minnesota 27 (Garnett 8), Portland 21 (Stoudamire, Pippen 4). Total fouls--Minnesota 18, Portland 20. Technicals--Wallace 2. Ejected--Wallace. A--20,060 (19,980).
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