Raptors keep defying the odds in win over Timberwolves

Jonas Valanciunas defends against Nikola Pekovic of the Timberwolves during Sunday night's game at...

Jonas Valanciunas defends against Nikola Pekovic of the Timberwolves during Sunday night's game at Minneapolis. Kyle Lowry had a triple-double as the Raps won 111-104. (USA TODAY SPORTS)

RYAN WOLSTAT, QMI AGENCY

, Last Updated: 9:56 PM ET

A man down, the Toronto Raptors stuck to what has been a successful script.

 

Minus injured sixth man Patrick Patterson, the rest of the team stepped up, beating the streaking Timberwolves 111-104 eclipsing last season's win total with victory No. 35.

It wasn't always a work of art, but slowing down the gigantic Wolves, a team that came in with wins in seven of nine games, takes a lot of effort and scrappiness. But the Raptors have Minnesota's number, now having claimed wins in 18 of the past 19 meetings. Kyle Lowry once again provided tenacity in droves, picking up his fifth triple double and second of the season in a masterful performance.

Each starter scored at least 15 points besides Jonas Valanciunas, who picked up nine rebounds in a quietly effective outing.


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