MINNEAPOLIS -- History will have to wait for a while.
The Timberwolves entered Friday's game with Toronto at Target Center in position to give coach Rick Adelman his 1,000th career victory.
But inconsistent offense at one end coupled with leaky defense at the other end translated into a 95-93 Toronto victory. Wolves guard Ricky Rubio went to the line with 1.7 seconds left and the Wolves down two. He made the first one, missed the second to seal the Raptors win.
Rudy Gay scored 26 points -- he was held scoreless in the first quarter -- and DeMar DeRozan added 25 for the Raptors, who won for the 16th time in the last 17 meetings between the two teams.
Wolves center Nikola Pekovic had 24 points and eight rebounds, Andrei Kirilenko had 20 points and Ricky Rubio had 12 points and 12 assists. But the Wolves just couldn't put together enough offense late to pull out the victory, and so a modest two-game winning streak ended.
Two free throws by Raptors rookie center Jonas Valanciunas with 4:05 left gave the Raptors an 87-84 lead.
The Wolves responded with a 6-2 run to take a 90-89 lead on Pekovic's basket with 2:35 left. But DeRozan responded with a 3-point play to give the lead for good. Minnesota missed three of six free throws in the closing moments.
With unselfish ball movement, the Wolves used a 12-4 run -- with Kirilenko scoring six of those points -- to take a 24-15 late in the first quarter before Toronto closed to within six entering the second.
The Wolves couldn't distance themselves from Toronto in the second quarter, and Gay was the reason. He scored 12 second-quarter points as the Raptors pulled within 48-42 by halftime.
Each team had big third-quarter runs. After DeRozan scored the first four points of the second half to give Toronto a two-point lead, Rubio had five points in a 13-0 run that gave them a 61-50 lead on Kirilenko's trey.
But the Raptors responded with a 17-5 run to take a 67-66 lead on Valanciunas' basket. Kirilenko's baseline jumper at the third-quarter buzzer gave the Wolves a 73-71 lead.
NOTES: Valanciunas was named the Eastern Conference rookie of the month for March after averaging 11.4 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.1 blocks in 15 games. In the three games before Friday he had averaged 19.6 points and 8.6 rebounds. "He's having fun," Toronto coach Dwane Casey said. "That's what this part of the season is for, for him to learn, get experience -- get that growth." ... More and more it appears Kevin Love will not play in a game again this season. Love has not played since breaking his right (shooting) hand for a second time Jan. 3 in Denver. He had surgery on Jan. 15. The Wolves announced Friday that Love's was once again not cleared for contact. The plan is to give him another examination checkup early next week. But by then the team will be on a road trip with three games in four days, so there would be no practice time for Love even if he was cleared. Still, Wolves coach Rick Adelman would like to see him play, even for just a few games. "But until (he's cleared) it's a moot point," he said. ... Rubio was averaging 14.9 points, 5.3 rebounds, 8.3 assists and 2.64 steals in the 14 games prior to Friday's game.