Kyle Lowry earned a triple-double with 20 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists to lead the Toronto Raptors to a victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves, 111-104. The Raptors shot lights out in this one, going 37-76 (48.7%) from the field, including 14-24 (58.3%) from three-point range. Toronto (35-26) has now won three straight.
Lowry finished 5-13 (1-3 from three-point range) and 9-10 from the free throw line. Other top performers for Toronto were DeMar DeRozan with 25 points and 7 rebounds, and Greivis Vasquez with 12 points and 6 rebounds. Kevin Love had another strong performance for Minnesota in the loss, scoring 26 points on 9-22 shooting, including 4-9 from behind the arc. He also tallied 11 rebounds and 9 assists. Corey Brewer added 17 points and 6 steals and Nikola Pekovic finished with 17 points and 11 rebounds.
The Raptors combined an eFG% of 57.9% with 58.3% 3-point shooting. They are 5-1 this year when registering marks above 55% and 40% in those respective statistics. The Timberwolves, on the other hand, are 2-10 when allowing opponents to hit those marks.
This drops Minnesota (31-31) to 0-2 against Toronto on the year.
Coming up next, the Raptors battle the Brooklyn Nets, who are 31-30 on the year. The Timberwolves match up against the Milwaukee Bucks, currently 12-50 this season. The Raptors emerged victorious each of the last two times against Brooklyn. The Timberwolves are 1-0 versus Milwaukee this season.