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The Raptors rally back to hand the Timberwolves a 122-112 loss

The Raptors rally back to hand the Timberwolves a 122-112 loss

Sunday, January 19, 2020

 

Karl-Anthony Towns returned to action last night after missing a month due to a knee injury.  He recorded 27 points on 42% shooting but the Minnesota Timberwolves still fell to Indiana Pacers, 116-114.  Tonight, they will hope to avoid a fifth straight loss as they battle the Toronto Raptors at the Target Center.

The Raptors, on the other hand, just recently defeated the Washington Wizards on Friday, 140-111.  They will try to grab a third straight victory tonight.  This matchup will mark the first of two times that these ball clubs will play each other this season.

A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:

The Minnesota Timberwolves and the Toronto Raptors have met up a grand total of 46 times in the past as the Raptors won 31 games while the Timberwolves were kept to just 15 victories.

INACTIVES:

Toronto Raptors:

-Dewan Hernandez (ankle; 1.0 PPG, 1.8 RPG, 0.0 APG, 20.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Oshae Brissett (G-League; 2.3 PPG, 1.5 RPG, 0.3 APG, 36.7 FG%, 25.0 3P%)
-Malcolm Miller (1.0 PPG, 0.7 RPG, 0.4 APG, 35.0 FG%, 33.3 3P%)
-Paul Watson (G-League; 0.0 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 1.5 APG, 0.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)

Minnesota Timberwolves:

-Jack Layman (toe; 10.5 PPG, 2.9 RPG, 0.8 APG, 46.2 FG%, 35.2 3P%)
-Noah Vonleh (coach’s decision; 4.3 PPG, 4.1 RPG, 0.9 APG, 54.7 FG%, 14.3 3P%)
-Kelan Martin (G-League; 5.8 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 0.5 APG, 35.8 FG%, 26.3 3P%)
-Allen Crabbe (illness; 5.1 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 1.0 APG, 36.4 FG%, 32.3 3P%)
-Jaylen Nowell (G-League; 4.4 PPG, 0.7 RPG, 0.9 APG, 35.5 FG%, 11.8 3P%)

GAMETIME:

The game would be held close in the first half as the Raptors shot fifty-one percent from the field while the Timberwolves shot forty-five percent.  Fred VanVleet chalked up 16 points while knocking down four three-pointers in the process.  He also three defensive rebounds, one assist, and two steals while Kyle Lowry had eleven points, including a three-pointer.

The 2018-2019 Most Improved Player Pascal Siakam helped out 10 points while grabbing two rebounds, giving out two assists, and blocking three shots.  Marc Gasol, who returned to action on Wednesday after being out for nearly a month due to a hamstring injury, had four points.  Rondae Hollis-Jefferson played the most minutes off the bench but only had four points.

On the other end of the court, Jarrett Culver chalked up 16 points which included four three-pointers.  Andrew Wiggins contributed with 15 points while Karl-Anthony Towns dropped 12 points.  Robert Convington and Shabazz Napier combined for eight points.  Josh Okogie played 15 minutes off the bench but only had four points but the Timberwolves still went into halftime with a 62 to 58 lead.

The Raptors would not give in as they came out of the locker room and sparked a 64-50 second-half run, shooting fifty-two percent.  During that run, Lowry dropped 17 points, earning 12 of them from beyond the arc.  VanVleet helped out with 13 points while Marc Gasol was kept scoreless.  Powell had 13 points as he played the most minutes off the bench.

As for the Minnesota team, Convington scored 16 more points while Towns was kept scoreless.  Okogie played 11 minutes off the bench as he had five points but it was the Raptors who came up on top, 122-112.  Fred VanVleet finished the game with 29 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, and 4 steals while Jarrett Culver settled for 26 points, 4 rebounds, one assist, one steal, and 2 blocks.

So…what’s next?

The Toronto Raptors will head down to Georgia to take on Trae Young (29.2 PPG, 4.5 RPG, 8.5 APG, 44.6 FG%, 37.6 3P%) and the Atlanta Hawks (10-32) on Monday at 2:30 p.m.  This will mark the second of four times that these two ball clubs will meet up this season.  The last time they saw each other was on November 23 when the Raptors snuck away with a 119-116 win.  Pascal Siakam finished that game with 34 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, one steal, and 2 blocks while Young had 30 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists, and one steal.

The Minnesota Timberwolves will host Nikola Jokic (19.2 PPG, 9.9 RPG, 6.4 APG, 51.0 FG%, 33.1 3P%) and the Denver Nuggets (29-12) on Monday at 8:00 p.m.  This will be the third of four times that they see each other this season.  December 20 was the last time they battled each other as the Timberwolves fell to the Nuggets, 109-100.  During that game, Jamal Murray scored 28 points, grabbed 6 boards, dished out 5 assists, and stole the ball 3 times while Andrew Wiggins had 19 points, 3 rebounds, 6 assists, one steal, and one block.

The Timberwolves slip away with a 119 to 116 win over the Thunder

The Timberwolves slip away with a 119 to 116 win over the Thunder

The last time that these two teams met up was on October 22 when the Minnesota Timberwolves pulled out a 115-113 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder off of a game-winning three-pointer by Andrew Wiggins.  In that game, both Wiggins and Karl-Anthony Towns finished with twenty-seven points but Wiggins also ended with seven rebounds and four assists while Towns had twelve rebounds and one assist.  Russell Westbrook would finish with thirty-one points, five rebounds, and ten assists.  The Thunder would seek revenge last night as they visited the Target Center to take on the T-Wolves.

During the first quarter of the game, the Thunder shot fifty-five percent from the field while limiting the Wolves to forty-four percent.  Paul George would heat up for twelve points as he shot eighty percent from the field.  He earned six of those points from beyond the arc while gobbling up one defensive rebound.  Steven Adams would contribute with six points as he shot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  Both Russell Westbrook and Carmelo Anthony would be held to two points each as Westbrook recorded one defensive rebound and three assists.

As for the Minnesota team, former Chicago Bulls’ forward Taj Gibson would chalk up six points while pulling down one defensive rebound and one offensive rebound.  Towns shot only thirty-eight percent from the field as he recorded six points to go along with the three rebounds he collected.  Another former Bulls player, Jimmy Butler, only scored six points in the eleven minutes that he played as Wiggins scored five points with three of them coming from behind the arc.  Jeff Teague would dish off four assists and pull down two rebounds but it was the Thunder who ended the first quarter with a 33 to 26 lead.

The Timberwolves would respond in the second quarter as they go on a 33 to 26 run, shooting fifty-three percent from the field while holding the Oklahoma team to forty-eight percent.  Karl-Anthony Towns ended up putting up nine points in the sixty-seven percent that he shot from the field.  He also gobbled down four defensive rebounds while Teague would score points, as well, earning three of them from beyond the arc and two from the free-throw line.  Butler recorded five points and two assists while Jamal Crawford came off of the bench to contribute with five points, as well, knocking down a three-pointer in the process.

On the other end of the court, Anthony got hot for eleven points while shooting seventy-one percent from the field.  He knocked down a three-pointer in the process while George was held to one three-pointer and two free-throws.  Westbrook only shot thirty-three percent from the field as he scored four points, pulled down four rebounds, and gave out three assists.  Jerami Grant would come off the bench only to be held to two points in the nine minutes that he played as both teams headed to the locker rooms with a tied game, 59 apiece.

The third period of the game would be held closely as the Thunder shot fifty-five percent from the field and the Wolves shot fifty percent from the field.  Towns would heat up for eleven more points while grabbing one offensive rebound and two defensive rebounds.  Gibson also contributed as he recorded six points along with three offensive rebounds and one defensive rebound.  Jeff Teague scored six points with three coming from behind the three-point line while Wiggins was limited to just one three-pointer in the time that he played.  Butler would be held to just one free-throw as he dished off two assists.

As for the Thunder, New Zealand-native Steven Adams ended up with ten points as he shot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field.  Russell Westbrook would chalk up seven points to go along with the two defensive rebounds and two assists that he recorded.  Paul George shot only forty-three percent from the field but did manage to collect six points, two rebounds, and three assists.  Anthony dropped four points while grabbing two defensive rebounds as the Minnesota Timberwolves close the third quarter with a slight 90-89 lead.

During the fourth quarter, the Timberwolves ended up shooting fifty percent from the field while the Thunder were held to forty-one percent.  Jimmy Butler would get hot for thirteen points while shooting eighty percent from the field.  He ended up grabbing two offensive rebounds and two defensive rebounds while dishing off two assists.  Karl-Anthony Towns played for the entire quarter as he scored seven points, knocking down a three-pointer in the process.  He also managed to gobble up four offensive rebounds and five defensive rebounds while Wiggins would be held to just a three-pointer.

On the other end of the court, Westbrook would add fourteen more points to his scoring total as he shot sixty-three percent from the field.  He earned three of those points from beyond the arc while Carmelo Anthony dropped six points in the ten minutes that he played.  Raymond Felton would come off of the bench to post up four points as Paul George was held scoreless in the eight minutes that he played.  Adams managed to collect four rebounds as the Minnesota Timberwolves were able to hold on for a 119 to 116 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder, taking a 2-0 lead in the season series.  Karl-Anthony Towns would finish the game with thirty-three points and nineteen rebounds.  Russell Westbrook finished with twenty-seven points, eight rebounds, and nine assists.

The Oklahoma City Thunder would sneak away with a victory against the Minnesota Timberwolves

The Oklahoma City Thunder would sneak away with a victory against the Minnesota Timberwolves

Tonight will mark the fourth and final time that the 46-34 Oklahoma City Thunder and the 31-49 Minnesota Timberwolves battle each other on the basketball court.  The first game was played on November 5 in Oklahoma as the home team would win with a huge 112-92 score.  In that game, Russell Westbrook would earn twenty-eight points, six rebounds and eight assists.  Karl-Anthony Towns would end with thirty-three points and six rebounds.  The second meeting was held on Christmas Day in the Chesapeake Energy Arena as the Thunder team would pull away with a 112 to 100 win.  Russell Westbrook would score thirty-one points, grab seven rebounds and dish out fifteen assists.  Karl-Anthony Towns would score twenty-six points and grab eight rebounds.  The last time they faced each other was on January 13 in Minnesota as the home team would sneak away with a 96-86 win.  Karl-Anthony Towns would collect twenty-nine points, seventeen rebounds and one assist.  Russell Westbrook would collect twenty-one points, eleven rebounds and twelve assists.  Enes Kanter would collect twenty-one points, eight rebounds and two assists.  The Timberwolves would look to end the regular season series with a 2-2 even record.

The Oklahoma City Thunder would start the game off hot as former Pistons player, Kyle Singler, scores nine points which would include one 3-pointer.  The first-round pick in the 2016 draft, Domantas Sabonis, would drop six points, as well as Steven Adams.  The 2016 Rookie of the Year, Karl-Anthony Towns, would score four points for his home team but it would still be the Thunder who ended the first quarter holding onto a large 33-16 lead.  Things would start to look slightly bright for the Timberwolves as Towns would drop eight more points.  Gorgui Dieng, Ricky Rubio and Shabazz Muhammad would each go for four points but it was still the visiting team that would go into halftime with a 56-43 advantage.  The third period belonged to Minnesota as they would go on a 29 to 15 run.  Dieng would add nine points to his scoring total as the 2015 Rookie of the Year, Andrew Wiggins, would drop eight points.  Rubio would also come through with five points along with Towns’ four points as the home team would finally grab a 72-71 lead at the end of the third.  Karl-Anthony Towns would chalk up ten points in the last quarter while former Magic player, Victor Oladipo, would put up nine points for the Thunder team.  With only 44 seconds left in the game, the Timberwolves would lead 98-97.  Two-time NBA champion, Norris Cole, would be sent to the free-throw as he knocks down only one of his foul shots, tying the game up at 98.  After Minnesota calls a 20-second time-out, Towns would miss a lay-up as Oladipo would make a 21-foot jump shot on the other end to give his team a 100-98 lead.  The Timberwolves would be forced to call another time-out.  Once they come out of the time-out, Wiggins would attempt a three-point shot but it would not go in as the Oklahoma City Thunder would crawl away with a 100 to 98 win.  Victor Oladipo would finish with twenty points, nine rebounds and six assists.  Karl-Anthony Towns would end with twenty-six points, twelve rebounds and one assist.  Russell Westbrook would not play in this game.