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Raptors 94, Timberwolves 89

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TORONTO -- Guard Kyle Lowry scored 24 points and added six assists and five rebounds and the Toronto Raptors defeated Minnesota Timberwolves 94-89 on Friday to extend their home winning streak to six.

It was the Raptors' 10th win in a row over the Timberwolves at Air Canada Centre. Minnesota last won at ACC on Jan. 21, 2004. The Raptors (20-18) have won 17 of 18 from the Timberwolves (18-21).

Forward Amir Johnson added 19 points for the Raptors while guard/forward Terrence Ross had 16 points and guard DeMar DeRozan had 15. Forward Patrick Patterson came off the bench to score 11 points with five rebounds while center Jonas Valanciunas led Toronto with 11 rebounds to go with four points.

Guard Kevin Martin led Minnesota with 18 points, 14 in the fourth quarter, and forward Kevin Love added 16 points with 12 rebounds. Guard J.J. Berea scored 14 points for the Timberwolves while center Ronny Turiaf had six points and 10 rebounds and center Nikola Pekovic scored 13.

The Raptors led by eight points entering the fourth quarter, but when forward Luc Mbah a Moute scored on a layup with 6:34 to play, the lead was reduced to three points. A short jumper by Valanciunas bumped the lead to 83-76 with 3:34 to play. Johnson picked up his fifth personal foul with 1:59 to play and Martin made both free throws to cut the lead to five.

Martin came back to score on a 3-pointer to cut the lead to two but DeRozan had the lead at four points on a jumper with 1:11 to play. The Raptors defense held and Lowry hit his sixth 3-pointer of the game to put Toronto ahead by seven with 14.6 seconds to play.

The Timberwolves cut the Raptors' four-point lead to one point when Love opened the third quarter with a 3-point shot, but when Lowry hit a 28-foot 3-pointer with 3:50 play in the quarter, Toronto's lead was 62-53. Lowry hit another 3-pointer, his fifth of the game, to give Toronto a 14-point lead. Berea scored six consecutive points to cut the lead to 67-59. The Raptors led 69-61 after three quarters.

The Raptors led 44-40 at halftime after the Timberwolves scored the final nine points of the second quarter. DeRozan and Lowry had 10 points each at the half. Pekovic had 11 points to lead the Timberwolves, who outscored the Raptors 20-6 in the paint in the second quarter.

DeRozan scored seven points to lead the Raptors to a 22-15 advantage after the first quarter. Love had seven points and seven rebounds to lead the Wolves, who shot 6-for-23 from the field and 3-for-8 from the free-throw line in the opening quarter.

The Raptors lost reserve guard/forward John Salmons after the first half with back spasms. He had two points and three assists in 10:29.

NOTES: Raptors F Tyler Hansbrough (left ankle sprain) did not play for the eighth consecutive game on Friday. ... Timberwolves F Kevin Love was in the lineup on Friday night after his knee was hit during a 111-108 loss on Wednesday night to the Sacramento Kings. Though the knee tightened as the game progressed, he finished with 27 points and 11 rebounds. Love missed both games last season against the Raptors, who were 2-0 against Minnesota. ... The Raptors wore their camouflage uniforms to commemorate Canadian Armed Forces Night. ... The Raptors are home Sunday afternoon to face the Los Angeles Lakers for their next game. ... The Timberwolves' next game is against the Utah Jazz on Saturday at the Target Center.
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