NBA Game Summary - Minnesota at Toronto|
(Friday, January 17th)
Final Score: Toronto 94, Minnesota 89
Toronto, ON (SportsNetwork.com) - With the Minnesota Timberwolves in the midst
of a losing streak, Toronto was one of the last places they wanted to see
in order to get back to their winning ways.
Kyle Lowry had 24 points on 6-of-9 shooting from beyond the arc with six
assists and five rebounds to lead the Raptors to a 94-89 win, Toronto's 10th
consecutive home victory against the T-Wolves.
Amir Johnson added 19 points, Terrence Ross had 16 and DeMar DeRozan chipped
in with 15 points for the Raptors, who picked up their sixth consecutive win
overall at Air Canada Centre.
"I thought Amir Johnson did a yeoman's job down low and our bigs did well,"
Toronto coach Dwane Casey admitted. "You have to command the paint against
them and box out."
Meanwhile, Minnesota has lost three straight overall and was paced by
Kevin Martin, who finished with 18 points. Kevin Love recorded a double-double
of 16 points and 12 rebounds, while Jose Juan Barea added 14 off the bench in
Lowry buried two deep 3-pointers as part of a 13-2 run midway through the
third to help the Raptors increase their halftime lead to 67-53.
Barea countered with six straight points and the Timberwolves trailed 69-61
going into the fourth.
Greivis Vasquez canned a three with 8:44 left in the game to stretch the
Raptors lead to 73-63.
Minnesota, however, stormed back with a 9-2 sprint over the next two minutes
led by Barea. The reserve guard made a pair at the line to start the
sequence and added two assists, highlighted by a halfcourt feed in transition
to Luc Mbah a Moute.
The margin was five in favor of Toronto when Martin raised up from 30-feet
away and buried a trey to make it 85-83. DeRozan answered at the other end
with a turnaround jumper from inside to make it a two possession game with
Barea had two chances to cut into the deficit, but his first attempt at a
three was short and his second attempt was blocked by Johnson inside.
On the subsequent Toronto possession, Lowry put the game away with a corner
three with 14.9 seconds left to make it 90-83.
"We played with a better effort," said Timberwolves guard Ricky Rubio.
"Offensively we missed some shots, we fought back. They are a very good team."
DeRozan scored six points during a 12-2 burst out of the gate for the hosts,
however, Minnesota followed with six straight to close the gap.
The Timberwolves cut the deficit to two after a Martin jumper, but the Raptors
scored the final five points of the frame to take a 22-15 lead into the
Toronto pushed its margin to 13 after a Lowry three with 3:42 remaining in the
half, but the Wolves ended the stanza on a 9-0 run to cut the deficit to 44-40
at the break.
The Raptors wore their special Canadian Forces jersey as part of Canadian
Armed Forces Night. Toronto is now 3-5 all-time when wearing the camouflage
uniforms ... The last time Toronto won six consecutive games at home was Jan.
17 - Feb. 10, 2010 when the team won eight straight ... Patrick Patterson
finished with 11 points off the bench, while Jonas Valanciunas had 11 rebounds
in the win ... Nikola Pekovic had 13 points and six rebounds in the setback.
01/17 22:22:42 ET