Published: Thu, February 13, 2020
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Russell’s debut spoiled as Raptors claw Timberwolves 137-126

Russell’s debut spoiled as Raptors claw Timberwolves 137-126

Not that Anunoby was the only one balling out at Scotiabank Arena on Monday night; the Raptors boasted four players with at least 20 points, led by an outburst by Pascal Siakam (34 points) on a night when he and Kyle Lowry (27 points) were presented with their All-Star Game jerseys.

D'Angelo Russell scored 22 points in his Minnesota debut and Karl-Anthony Towns had 23 points and 10 rebounds, but the Timberwolves couldn't build on Saturday's surprise victory over the Clippers that snapped a 13-game losing streak.

Serge Ibaka did not play for Toronto.

The Raptors took a 12-point lead into the fourth quarter, but James Johnson's three-pointer pulled the Timberwolves within two points with 9:10 remaining.

"Their turnovers are as good as two and three for them, the way they push the ball and the way they can score on the open court", said Timberwolves coach Ryan Saunders.

Unfortunately for the Raptors, its 40-14 record is not good enough to be leading the Eastern Conference.

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Toronto was not much better to take care of the ball.

That was as close as Minnesota would be. Pascal Siakam, who leads the Raptors with 23.7 points per game, has been on fire as of late. The Timberwolves led 75-74 at halftime. The Raptors now sit 6.5 games back of the conference-leading Milwaukee Bucks. Milwaukee has also been hot lately, winning nine of its last 10 games. Lowry had 18 points as Toronto shot 64.3 percent from the field in the first half.

Toronto starters combined for a team-record 123 points.

Anunoby scored 16 points in the third quarter in 6 of 7 shots, but the fourth basket came in the last seconds when VanVleet threw an air pass without looking at Hollis-Jefferson for a quick dump.

Despite being one of the most dominant home teams in the National Basketball Association, the Raptors have won eight of its last 15 games on the road.

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