Wolves Roll Raptors
Timberwolves 103 (11-36) - Raptors 87 (13-35) | Target Center
How it happened:
The Minnesota Timberwolves are starting to figure out that with a little defense, victories are much easier to obtain.
Tonight, the Wolves dominated on both ends of the floor to earn a 103-87 win over the Toronto Raptors.
After both teams struggled offensively in the first quarter, the Timberwolves were able to break the trend by flourishing behind Jonny Flynn who took over controls at the point. Flynn led a controlled, up-tempo style of offense and got everyone involved. Flynn scored eight of his 10 points during a 17-5 second quarter run that sported Minnesota with a comfortable lead heading into the second half.
The Timberwolves continued to frustrate Toronto by playing resilient defense and holding the Raptors to just 33.7 percent shooting. Without Leandro Barbosa, Reggie Evans, and Linas Kleiza, the short-handed Raptors needed Andrea Bargnani and DeMar DeRozan to step up. However, the Wolves honed in and effectively shut down both. Bargnani was held to 15 points on 5-of-24 shooting, while DeRozan scored just six on 2-of-11 from the floor.
The Timberwolves closed out the Raptors with the reserves on the floor, which outscored Toronto's bench 49-23 to help halt a six-game skid.
Kevin Love yet again displayed why he has the “NUMB#RS” by recording his 33rd straight double-double with 21 points and 12 rebounds in just three-quarters of action. After outscoring the Raptors 31-20 in the third quarter, Love was able to relax and watch his teammates close the door on Toronto.
Highlight to Remember:
In the midst of a dominate third quarter run, Martell Webster used a quick crossover dribble to drive around Jose Calderon. Zooming by his defender, Webster’s eyes lit up as he saw the wide-open lane ready for takeoff. The reserve guard raised up and finished with a rim-rattling slam to electrify the crowd inside the Target Center. Webster finished with 15 points and 6 assists.
Wesley Johnson continues to play his role perfectly by providing an essential scoring spark off the bench. With 14 points on the night, the rookie seems to have found his rhythm, reaching double figures for a fourth consecutive game.
The Timberwolves have a few days of practice before facing the Memphis Grizzlies in search of back-to-back wins at home on Wednesday night.
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