D’Angelo Russell scored 16 of his 25 factors within the fourth quarter, Anthony Edwards had 23 and the Minnesota Timberwolves rallied to beat the visiting Toronto Raptors 128-126 on Thursday night time.
Kyle Anderson added 20 factors and 10 rebounds for Minnesota, which was down Rudy Gobert and Austin Rivers and enjoying the second sport of a back-to-back after a fourth-quarter collapse an evening earlier in Denver.
The Timberwolves erased a 14-point deficit halfway by way of the fourth with a defensive effort not sometimes seen from Minnesota, notably with out Gobert making an influence down low. Toronto scored simply seven factors within the last 9:46.
Scottie Barnes had 12 of his season-high 29 factors within the fourth for Toronto, which had received 4 of six. Fred VanVleet added 25 factors and 10 assists for the Raptors. Toronto scored 62 factors within the paint with out Gobert to guard the rim and added 23 fast-break factors.
Edwards, who was 4 of 12 from the sphere by way of three quarters, tied the sport at 124 with 3:56 left. Anderson’s runner within the lane gave Minnesota its first lead since 4:42 remaining within the first, and Russell added a pair of free throws.
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O.G. Anunoby’s three-point try with 0.4 seconds remaining was off the mark. The Timberwolves outscored Toronto 23-7 over the ultimate 9:46.
VanVleet continued his sturdy run, making the most of Gobert’s absence down low by frequently going inside. He was additionally 4 of 6 from 3-point territory.
VanVleet had scored no less than 33 factors in every of the earlier two video games. He scored or assisted on Toronto’s last 16 factors of the primary half
The Raptors host Boston on Saturday.