Skip to main content

Wolves fade late as Raptors rattle off 15th straight win

Toronto's starting five combined for an unreal 123 points.
Karl-Anthony Towns

Minnesota gave the hottest team in the NBA a fight for nearly 40 minutes before Raptors took control and cruised to a 137-126 win Monday night in Toronto. It's the 15th consecutive win for the Raptors, and the 14th loss in the last 15 games for the Wolves. 

The Wolves' new-look roster, which featured point guard D'Angelo Russell making his debut, can clearly stuff the scoreboard. They scored a franchise record 81 points in the first half of Saturday's 140-point effort in a victory over the Clippers, and they followed it up with 75 points in the first half against Toronto. 

But the second half was a different story as the Raptors took control. 

After only 19 points in the third quarter, the Wolves found themselves trailing by 12 to start the fourth quarter. A 12-2 run cut Toronto's lead to two at 108-106, but that's when the defending champions throttled into high gear and outscored Minnesota 24-7 over the next six minutes to take a 132-113 lead with three minutes to play. 

Toronto's starting five combined for a 123 points, led by 34 from Pascal Siakam. Kyle Lowry scored 27 and O.G. Anunoby finished with 25. 

Russell finished with 22 points and five assists, but he scored just six points in the second half. Karl-Anthony Towns led Minnesota with 23 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists. Malik Beasley finished with 15 points. 

Up next: Wolves vs. Hornets, 7 p.m. Wednesday at Target Center. 

Next Up

Screen Shot 2023-01-29 at 1.54.31 PM

Missing: Minnesota man last seen in Sioux Falls area

Aaron Pearson, 41, was reported missing on Thursday.

Screen Shot 2023-01-27 at 7.45.44 PM

Protest for Tyre Nichols to be held outside MN Governor’s Mansion

Activists groups say they’ll call on Gov. Tim Walz and the Legislature to implement police reforms.

Pool

Minnesota pool contractor banned from industry, must pay $2 million-plus

Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison filed suit against Charles Workman and his company, MN Crete Pools, LLC, in August.

Minneapolis police

St. Paul man identified as victim of north Minneapolis homicide

The shooting occurred on the 2200 block of Emerson Avenue North on Wednesday.

ambulance

Two youths seriously injured after being struck by driver in Bloomington

Police say the boy is in a critical condition, while the girl has severe injuries.

Rosedale Center

Two men sentenced for carjacking in Rosedale Center parking lot

Leon Kismit Bell, 49, and Jack Mitchell Piche, 23, were sentenced in U.S. District Court on Jan. 20.

Screen Shot 2023-01-27 at 3.59.30 PM

Police identify White Bear Lake officer shot while serving warrant

The officer is a six-year veteran of the department.

abortion, planned parenthood

Minnesota Senate passes bill codifying abortion into state law

Having already passed in the House, it will now be sent to Gov. Tim Walz for signing into law.

Screen Shot 2023-01-27 at 7.45.44 PM

Tyre Nichols: Initial police version of events bear similarities to George Floyd killing

Memphis PD said Nichols complained of 'shortness of breath' following 'confrontations' with police, who in reality violently beat him.

Related

Karl-Anthony Towns

Wolves set franchise records in first game with new players

The Wolves made a franchise-record 26 three-pointers in the victory.

Andrew Wiggins

Russell's 52 not enough as Wiggins nets 40 in clutch performance

D'Angelo Russell lit up Minnesota for a career-high 52 points.

Karl-Anthony Towns

Timberwolves' 4th quarter implosion leads to loss against Memphis

The Grizzlies used a 24-4 run to complete the comeback victory.

Karl-Anthony Towns

Timberwolves hang on for another win in Utah

Anthony Edwards and D'Angelo Russell helped the Timberwolves to a 2-0 start.

Karl-Anthony Towns / Timberwolves

Timberwolves hang on for win against Raptors

The Timberwolves earned their first road win over the Raptors since 2004.

Malik Beasley

Beasley gets hot but Wolves squander fast start vs. Nuggets

Minnesota built a 14-point lead in the first half but couldn't finish off the Nuggets.

Karl-Anthony Towns

Karl-Anthony Towns' return can't save Timberwolves from 7th straight loss

The Timberwolves star returned in an overtime loss to the Spurs.