Toronto 97, Minnesota 87

Boxscore | Recap
Monday, January 9, 2012 7:00 PM
Location - Air Canada Centre, Toronto, Ontario
Officials - #56 Mark Ayotte, #74 Curtis Blair, #23 Jason Phillips
Attendance - 14097

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 T
Minnesota 25 24 20 18 87
Toronto 27 28 18 24 97

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Minnesota 3-6 2-4 1-2 L1
Toronto 4-5 2-2 2-3 W1

Recap


Andrea Bargnani scored 31 points to lead the Toronto Raptors to a 97-87 victory over the visiting Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday.

Toronto opened its back-to-back-to-back stretch with its 10th win in the last 11 meetings with Minnesota, which has dropped three of its last four outings and wraps up its back-to-back-to-back run in Chicago on Tuesday.

Bargnani shot only 1 for 6 from beyond the arc, but consistently drained long two-pointers to stretch the Timberwolves' interior defense. That freed up space for guards Jose Calderon and Leandro Barbosa, who combined for 27 points.

Minnesota’s well went dry for almost a six-minute span in the fourth quarter, missing 10 straights shots to let Toronto grab a six-point lead with just over a minute remaining. The Timberwolves mustered only 38 points in the second half.

Timberwolves center Kevin Love struggled around the hoop, shooting only 3 for 16 and finishing with 13 points – well below his average of 25.4 points. Credit should go to the defense of Raptors forward Amir Johnson, who also dug deep for eight offensive rebounds and 19 points.

The Raptors, who scored only 62 points in their last game, posted 55 in the first half – their biggest first-half total of the season.

Minnesota's point guard trio of Ricky Rubio, J.J. Barea and Luke Ridnour combined for 39 points and 10 assists while rookie forward Derrick Williams chipped in with 13 points.

Top Game Performances

Minnesota   Toronto
Jose Barea 16 Scoring Andrea Bargnani 31
Ricky Rubio 6 Assists Jose Calderon 6
Kevin Love 14 Rebounds Amir Johnson 11
Kevin Love 5 Free Throws Made Leandro Barbosa 9
Ricky Rubio 3 Steals Leandro Barbosa 2
Wesley Johnson 1 Blocks James Johnson 4

Team Stats Summary

Team Points FG% 3PM-3PA FTM-FTA Assists Rebounds Blocks Steals Turnovers
Minnesota 87 33.8 7-24 26-33 14 39 4 8 16
Toronto 97 44.2 3-19 26-28 16 44 9 7 13

Upcoming Games

  • Toronto will play their next game on the road against Washington. The Raptors have a W/L % of .333 after a win and .500 after a loss.
  • Minnesota will play their next game at home against Chicago. The Timberwolves have a W/L % of .250 after a win and .400 after a loss.
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