Lowry Scores 22, Raptors Beat Wolves 105-86
TORONTO (AP) — One seriously sloppy half was too much for the Minnesota Timberwolves to overcome.
Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan each scored 22 points, Alan Anderson had 18 and the Toronto Raptors earned their first victory of the season Sunday night, beating Minnesota 105-86.
Toronto took advantage of 24 Minnesota turnovers — 16 in the first half — to score 32 points and leave Timberwolves coach Rick Adelman fuming.
“The first half is where we got killed,” Adelman said. “Sixteen turnovers, you can’t do that on the road. You can’t succeed, you open up the door for them.”
Andrea Bargnani scored 10 points as the Raptors extended Minnesota’s miserable record against Toronto. The Raptors have won 15 of the past 16 meetings, including nine straight at home. Minnesota has not won in Toronto since Jan. 21, 2004.
Brandon Roy was the biggest culprit, giving the ball away five times, but there was plenty of blame to go around. Luke Ridnour and Chase Budinger each had four turnovers, while Alexey Shved and Nikola Pekovic both made three.
Andrei Kirilenko scored 17 points and Pekovic had 15 for the Timberwolves. Kirilenko said the flood of miscues meant Minnesota “kind of lost our composure.”
Trailing 79-73 to begin the fourth, Minnesota was outscored 26-13 in the fourth quarter, making just four of 16 field goal attempts.
Derrick Williams had nine points and eight rebounds for Minnesota, who are without injured forward Kevin Love (broken hand) and guard Ricky Rubio (left knee).
The Timberwolves lost another player when guard Jose Barea hit his head midway through the second. Barea was diagnosed with concussion-like symptoms and did not return.
Barea appeared to take an accidental kick in the face from teammate Dante Cunningham as he fell and also had a large red bump on the left side of his head. He said he couldn’t remember the incident.
Barea said he hoped to play Monday when the Timberwolves make their first visit to Brooklyn to face the Nets.
Winless in two games coming in, Toronto was playing the second game of two straight. The Raptors lost 107-100 at Brooklyn on Saturday night, the Nets’ first game in their new home.
The Raptors scored 27 points off of 16 Minnesota turnovers in the first half, and got seven points from Lowry in a 12-4 run over the final 3:10 of the second quarter to open a 56-47 lead at the intermission.
The Timberwolves were more careful in the third, committing just three turnovers and cutting the deficit to 79-73 heading into the fourth. Kirilenko scored seven points in the third and Pekovic had six.
Landry Fields opened the fourth with a dunk and Toronto scored nine of the first 12 points of the quarter, opening an 88-76 lead on Anderson’s 3-pointer with 8:47 left.
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