Raptors topple Timberwolves

Jonas Valanciunas of the Raptors battles for rebound position with Nikola Pekovic of the Minnesota...

Jonas Valanciunas of the Raptors battles for rebound position with Nikola Pekovic of the Minnesota Timberwolves last night. Valanciunas continues to draw praise for his fine play. (Getty)

FRANK ZICARELLI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:46 PM ET

In a season full of close calls, non-calls and calls that went against them, the Raptors finally caught a break Friday night.

Big picture, Toronto’s 95-93 win over the host Timberwolves isn’t going to mean much, but any late-season momentum going into a potentially impactful off-season of change must be viewed as a positive.

The breaks would occur late in a competitive game when Minnesota couldn’t convert from the line.

The breakthrough arrived when Toronto used its superior perimeter game to topple a T’Wolves team that simply did not deserve to win.

In contrast, the Raptors showed a resolve and a resiliency as their three-game road trip takes them to Milwaukee for a Saturday night tip against the Bucks.

When Minnesota had a chance to pull away from the Raptors, they couldn’t, unable to sustain their level of play, incapable of extending a double-digit lead.


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