Two nights after they put forth an abysmal performance against the Boston Celtics, the Toronto Raptors bounced back and picked up right where they left off. Led by their defense and the play of Kyle Lowry, the Raptors defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves 94-89 Friday night. The Raptors held the lead from start to finish on their way to their sixth straight home win and fourth win over their last five games. They move to 20-18 on the season and are a half game up on the Atlanta Hawks for third in the Eastern Conference. The Timberwolves fall to 18-21 with the loss and have lost three in a row.
Points By Quarter
Here are some notes from the game:
- Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry continued his strong push for an all-star nod as he led the way with 24 points, six assists and five rebounds. Lowry was 6-9 from three point range and drew another charge when the Timberwolves were on a 4-on-1.
- DeMar DeRozan started off strong, but cooled off finishing the game 5-17 for 15 points. DeRozan added five rebounds and five assists. Amir Johnson had 19 points, while Terrence Ross added 16. Patrick Patterson poured in 11 off the bench.
- Kevin Martin was the Timberwolves' leading scorer with 18 points. Kevin Love had 16 points and 12 rebounds, but was limited offensively shooting 7-19 from the field.
- J.J. Barea was a spark off the bench for the Timberwolves as he had 14 points, five assists and four rebounds. Barea played the majority of the fourth quarter over starter Ricky Rubio. Ronny Turiaf also had a solid game off the bench with six points and 10 rebounds.
- Raptors forward John Salmons left the game in the second quarter with back spasms and did not return. He is day-to-day.
NEXT GAME: Sunday, January 19 vs. Los Angeles Lakers. 1 pm. ET
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