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All Eyes North | Wiggins Leads Wolves Over Raptors
About an hour before tipoff, it was announced Jimmy Butler (sore right knee) and Jamal Crawford (left toe sprain) would not play on Saturday night against the third-best team record-wise in the NBA.
It would have been easy for a shorthanded Wolves squad to look ahead to Monday’s game against Clippers. But that’s the exact opposite of what happened.
The Wolves won 115-109 against the Toronto Raptors at Target Center despite being down by as much as 11 points.
Andrew Wiggins, who was born in Toronto, led the Wolves with 29 points and five rebounds. Karl-Anthony Towns added 22 points and 10 rebounds. He has a league-leading 40 double-doubles. Taj Gibson finished with 14 points, eight rebounds and two blocks. Marcus Georges-Hunt, who had played 100 minutes on the season, played 29 minutes and had himself a game, finishing with 12 points. He was great defensively and drew a huge charge from DeMar DeRozan in the final seconds.
Kyle Lowry led Toronto with 40 points, five rebounds and five assists. DeRozan added 20 points and five assists. Serge Ibaka finished with 13 points and five rebounds. Delon Wright had 12 points, six rebounds and six assists.
The Wolves move to 30-18 on the season, a half game back from third in the West. The Raptors fall to 31-14, second in the East.
Highlight of the Night
With 2:30 left in the first quarter, Georges-Hunt hit Wiggins at the 3-point line with a pass. Wiggins stormed by two Raptors’ defenders and threw down a huge slam on center Jakob Poeltl.
The rim lived a good life. pic.twitter.com/AKS3H7M8nL
— Kyle Ratke (@Kyle_Ratke) January 21, 2018
- The Wolves have 30 wins on the 2017-18 season. In 2016-17, they had just 30.
- In seven career games against Toronto, Wiggins is averaging 25.3 points per game.
- This is the third-straight season the Wolves have taken down the Raptors at Target Center.
- The Wolves are 19-6 at Target Center this season.
Player of the Game
Wiggins stepped up huge for a Wolves squad without Butler. Wiggins finished with 29 points, five rebounds and three assists. He shot an efficient 11-for-21 from the field and a perfect 6-for-6 from the free-throw line.
Andrew Wiggins puts 'em in the spin cycle!
— FOX Sports North (@fsnorth) January 21, 2018
The Wolves are back on the road, facing off against the Clippers in Los Angeles on Monday. Tipoff is set for 9:30 p.m. on Fox Sports North Plus, NBA TV and 830 WCCO.