Raptors extend winning streak

Tanya Simon
February 13, 2020

Toronto's 137-126 win Monday night against the Minnesota Timberwolves extends the winning streak to 15.

Toronto, led by 31 points from Pascal Siakam, found a way to prevail in yet another close contest with a 137-126 decision against a Minnesota team that almost won a second straight game against the league's elite after snapping its own 14-game losing streak with a blowout win at home over the LA Clippers on Saturday.

D'Angelo Russell's Timberwolves debut started with a hail of jumpers and a Minnesota offense that was blowing the doors off one of the NBA's best defenses.

Serge Ibaka did not play for Toronto.

Toronto Raptors forward Pascal Siakam (43) dunks the ball for a basket against Minnesota Timberwolves at Scotiabank Arena.

Minnesota in Toronto
1:17 Highlights of the Minnesota Timberwolves trip to the Toronto Raptors in week 17 of the NBA

Minnesota had a season-worst 23 turnovers, leading to 34 points for the Raptors.

Former Raptor James Johnson made two triples when the Timberwolves opened the quarter with a 12-2 run, reducing their deficit to 108-106 with 9:07 left.

Toronto was not much better to take care of the ball. Lowry scored 14 points in the first and Siakam shot 4 for 4 and scored 10 points as the Raptors led 40-36. Lowry had 18 points as Toronto shot 64.3 percent from the field in the first half.

When asked about the production of the players who are healthy, Raptors head coach Nick Nurse said: "they [go] out there and they take it to you, from Kyle [Lowry] to Fred [VanVleet] to Pascal [Siakam] to Rondae [Hollis-Jefferson] to OG [Anunoby]". Chris Boucher and Siakam scored to push Toronto's lead back to six points, and VanVleet and Patrick McCaw hit 3-pointers on either side of Towns' free throw to make it 120-109 with 5:28 remaining. The Timberwolves led by as many as eight before settling for a 75-74 lead at halftime.

Raptors: This was the first 20-point, 10-rebound game of Anunoby's career.

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