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Raptors 105, Timberwolves 86

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TORONTO - The Toronto Raptors continued their dominance over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday at Air Canada Centre.

The Raptors took the lead in the first quarter and gradually increased it to defeat the Timberwolves 105-86 for their first win of the season in their third game.

It was the 15th win for Toronto in the past 16 meetings between the teams, and the Raptors have defeated the Wolves nine consecutive times at ACC.

Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan led the Toronto attack with 22 points each. Alan Anderson came off the bench to score 18 and Andrea Bargnani added 10.

Andrei Kirilenko led Minnesota with 17 points and Nikola Pekovic added 15. Derrick Williams, J.J. Barea and Chase Budinger scored nine apiece for the Wolves.

The Wolves (1-1) committed 24 turnovers leading to 32 points in the game, while Toronto made 11 turnovers leading to 14 points.

Toronto (1-2) took a six-point lead into the fourth quarter and had the margin up to 12 when Anderson sank a three-point shot with 8:46 to play in the game.

Ed Davis stretched the lead to 14 with a jumper at 8:13, but Minnesota's Alexey Shved responded with a three-pointer.

When DeRozan hit two free throws with 3:40 to play the Raptors were leading by 98-85.

DeRozan was at the line again with 3:05 to play and hit both free throws for a 100-85 Raptors' lead, and Anderson hit a three-pointer to increase the lead to 18.

The Raptors took a nine-point lead into the second half and had it up to 11 when rookie Jonas Valanciunas scored his first two points of the game.

The Wolves whittled the deficit down to five points on a pair of free throws by Brandon Roy and a reverse layup by Williams with 8:21 to play in the quarter.

DeRozan responded with a three-pointer for Toronto 20 seconds later.

The Timberwolves had the lead down to five with two minutes to go in the third on Budinger's layup, but Lowry came back to hit a turnaround jumper.

The Raptors led 79-73 after three quarters after Davis made a layup with six seconds left.

Lowry scored nine of his 15 first-half points in the second quarter as the Raptors took a 56-47 lead into the intermission. DeRozan scored 10.

Bargnani hit a three-point shot with 8.9 seconds to play in the half and finished with six in the half. The Wolves got the final two points of the half on a pair of free throws by Roy.

Minnesota committed 16 turnovers leading to 27 points in the first half, including nine leading to 17 points in the second quarter.

The Raptors made three turnovers leading to two points, all in the first quarter.

Kirilenko led the Wolves with 10 points in the first half. Barea had nine points in the half.

The Raptors led 25-24 after the first quarter, with DeRozan leading the scoring with eight points while Lowry had six points and three rebounds.

Kirilenko led all scorers in the opening 12 minutes with 10 points and added two assists. The biggest lead by either team in the quarter was four points.

Notes: DeRozan has signed a four-year $38 million contract extension that was announced after Wednesday's season-opening loss to Indiana. ....The Wolves were again without Kevin Love (fractured right hand) and Ricky Rubio (left knee). ...The Wolves, who won their season opener 92-80 over Sacramento on Friday, are in Brooklyn on Monday to the play the Nets and are home Wednesday Orlando....It was the 12th consecutive year the Wolves have started at home ... The Raptors, who lost Saturday 107-100 at Brooklyn, play game on Tuesday at Oklahoma City and they play the next night in Dallas.
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