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Raptors Post-Game: Defense Shines as Toronto Finishes Strong in an Ugly Win – Toronto Raptors 86 – Minnesota Timberwolves 81

Photo Credit: The Canadian Press

On the second night of a back-to-back, without Kyle Lowry (thumb) and OG Anunoby (calf), the Toronto Raptors were able to grind out a tough win in a low-scoring game against the Timberwolves.

While it was anything but pretty, shooting a season low 33% from the field and recording a season low in points with 86, the Raptors finished the game on an 11-0 run to win their third straight, and get back to 0.500 for the first time this season.

After holding the potent Bucks offence to under 100 points last night, the Raptors held Minnesota to only 35 first half points, which was a season best.

On a night where the offence struggled, Norman Powell led the way for Toronto, recording a season high 31 points and six three pointers, while shooting over 50% from the field.

After trailing the whole first half, the Timberwolves were able to get back into the game during the third quarter when the Raptors got cold… ice cold. After increasing their lead to 16, Toronto went on a stretch of over six minutes without a point, and ten minutes without a made field goal. The Timberwolves went on a 23-1 run in the last eight minutes of the third quarter and led by eight in the fourth.

Both Anthony Edwards, who had a mesmerizing dunk over Yuta Watanabe, and Karl-Anthony Towns, who scored a team-high 19 points, contributed to the scoring run.

With Fred VanVleet shooting 20% on the night, Pascal Siakam scoring only 10 points, and absent Lowry and Anunoby, Nick Nurse switched up the rotation often, playing 12 different players. Terence Davis was able to deliver the spark Coach Nurse was looking for, as he scored all 11 of his points in the fourth quarter, including a game-winning three pointer with 30 seconds left.

Davis offensively and Siakam defensively put forth great performances in the final frame, with Siakam recording three blocks. With tonight’s win, the Raptors have won eight of their past 11 games and sit at sixth place in the Eastern Conference with a 15-15 record.

Having played a league high 18 road games, Toronto will play five of their next six at home, with a two-game set against the Eastern conference leading Philadelphia 76ers this Sunday, at 7:00PM EST.

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