Maybe that 29-point pounding the Timberwolves put on New Orleans a couple of nights earlier was not such a good thing after all.

Whatever momentum the Wolves built in that win was a late arrival Monday night, Feb. 4, against Portland at Target Center.

The Wolves scored 40 points in the fourth quarter, their highest total in any period this season, yet it wasn't enough to spare them from the misery of a 100-98 loss in front 13,446 fans at Target Center.

Reality came down hard on the Wolves (18-27) and coach Rick Adelman was just as heavy-handed.

"We are not good enough right now to come out and think we can just ease into a game," Adelman said. "I hope it's a lesson learned. We have to play with a lot more intensity and a lot more urgency than we played tonight."

This six-game homestand has not been the springboard the Wolves expected. The Wolves, who have lost 12 of their last 14 games, are 1-3 so far and face San Antonio on Wednesday and New York on Friday. San Antonio has the NBA's best record and New York is No. 2 in the Eastern Conference behind Miami.

The Wolves are staring at a difficult challenge to break even on this homestand, which they had hoped to use to make up some ground in the Western Conference playoff chase. Before Monday's game, the Wolves were 12th in the standings behind Dallas, the Los Angeles Lakers, Portland and Houston in the battle for the eighth and final playoff spot.