In a game that looked like it was going to remain a back-and-forth slugfest, the Wolves elected to go the knockout route in the second quarter. After an 18-foot Andrea Bargnani jump shot cut Minnesota's lead to 36-32 with 4:43 in the half, Jonny Flynn drilled a three, Bargnani missed one from long range, before the Wolves guard hit another triple.
That put Minnesota ahead by 10, part of a 13-0 run that wouldn't be threatened as the Raptors struggled to just 33.7 per cent shooting from the floor.
Just another day at the office for Kevin Love, who picked up his 42nd double-double with 21 points and 12 rebounds. Love attacked the glass, showed great touch around the rim and balanced that out by nailing some wide open threes in transition. He also took some personal pride in his defence after a rough night in Utah on Friday.
"I was really upset with how I played on defense, so I had to step it up tonight, get a few charges, contest shots and play a lot better on the defensive end," said Love. "It wasn't only me. It was everybody else. We need to continue to do that."
Tough night offensively for many of the Raptors, but when a game goes off the rails early as it did on Friday you're looking to see who's still playing hard throughout and Ed Davis was certainly doing that.
Davis went toe-to-toe with Love and held his own on the glass with 11 boards. His 15 points included some second chance opportunities of those rebounds, but also saw him mix up his offence with a pair of jumpers and a confident back to the basket move in the post. Small steps but strong signs from the rookie.
"We didn't make shots. We held this team to 43 percent shooting. Defensively we did some pretty decent things. But I've never been in a game where you miss 67 shots. We took over 100 shots but we just had a hard time making shots in this game. I think the confidence gets on you a little bit there. But to battle this team, as good as they are on the glass, and to have more offensive rebounds than them -- I thought we battled pretty good." - Jay Triano, on the offence
Mon., Jan. 31 @ Indiana
7:00 PM ET, Sportsnet, FAN590
The Raptors continue their road trip at the site of one of their toughest losses of the season. Brandon Rush scored 26 points, Danny Granger added 21 points five other Pacers scored in double figures in a 124-100 victorty on Dec. 6. Indiana is coming off a 110-89 loss to the Bulls and has gone 3-7 in its last 10 games.
|33.7||Shooting percentage for the Raptosr|
|101||Field goal attempts for the Raptors|
|34-24||Points in the paint favouring the Timberwolves|
|18||Wolves points scored off 15 Raptors turnovers|
|8||Raptors points scored off 17 Wolves turnovers|
|"In life you deal with adversity. You grow as a person, and as a basketball player. I'm just taking it as a learning experience."|
- Ed Davis on dealing with losing
|"I was also very pleased at how we were able to put a lot of pressure on DeRozan and Bargnani and forced them to have difficult nights. "|
- Wolves head coach Kurt Rambis on containing the Raptors
|"We shot the ball terrible. Ed (Davis) played a good game, but that's the only one who did something, but the game was long gone. Offensively we were terrible."|
- Andrea Bargnani, on the offence