Review Written by Adam Garfield (@AdamThe6God)
The Timberwolves exploded out of the gates and outscored the Raptors by 8 points in the 1st quarter. Minnesota's Jimmy Butler, Taj Gibson, and Gorgui Dieng combined for 18 points. Toronto was led by Serge Ibaka's 8 points and DeMar DeRozan's 4 assists. The Raptors committed 5 fouls which is part of the reason why they were trailing the T'Wolves. Toronto was down 18-27.
Toronto's Point Guards led the way for the Raptors in the 2nd quarter. Kyle Lowry put up 10 points and Fred VanVleet scored 7. Norman Powell had a humongous block on Deng that electrified the crowd. Powell used his 40.5 inch vertical to block Deng's shot, spiking the ball to VanVleet. Butler and Nemanja Bjelica combined for 11 points, which helped the Timberwolves maintain a lead of 6. The Raptors trailed 51-57 heading into halftime.
DeRozan dropped 11 points coming out of the break, while Jonas Valanciunas added 6. With 6:16 left in the quarter, JV delivered a vicious dunk over Andrew Wiggins, posterizing the former Rookie of the Year. Butler picked the Raptors' defense by scoring 8 points. Toronto cut the lead to 2 points, trailing 78-80 entering the 4th quarter.
The Raptors had 17 bench points in the final quarter, proving once again why they are one of the best benches in the league.The Raptors had excellent ball movement, only committing 1 turnover. Powell had a huge steal on Wiggins, punching in a thunderous fast break dunk with authority. DeMar scored 8 points, which was the icing on the cake for Toronto. The Raptors defeated the Timberwolves 109-104.
DeMar DeRozan: 23pts, 4 rebounds, 8 assists
Jonas Valanciuncas: 18pts, 11 rebounds
Kyle Lowry: 15pts, 9 assists
Serge Ibaka: 15pts, 6 rebounds
Jakob Poeltl: 12pts, 4 rebounds
Fred VanVleet: 10pts
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