Toronto Raptors dominate after slow start for a massive 125-102 win over the Timberwolves

Nickeem Khan
FiredUp Network Sports Writer

@nickeemkhan

Wednesday, March 30, 2022


With the season winding down and every game mattering, the Toronto Raptors were able to pull away with a big 125-102 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves. Things weren't looking promising to begin this game as the Raptors started off slow just like they did on Monday against the Boston Celtics. However, from the second quarter onwards, Toronto completely dominated.

At one point the Raptors were down as much as 17 points in the first half. There wasn't much energy offensively, and Anthony Edwards was getting wide-open shots on Raptors breakdowns. Despite a lacklustre start, it was on the defensive end where the tides started to turn in Toronto's favour.

The Raptors decided to throw a double team whenever Karl Anthony-Towns was in the post and it disrupted his groove heavily. Whenever his back was to the basket, Fred VanVleet was probing ready to dig his hand in to steal the ball. VanVleet was stellar in that facet finishing with five steals on the night.

It's no secret that Toronto thrives in transition and tonight was no exception. The Raptors finished with 27 fastbreak points, while the majority of them came on momentum-shifting plays. Gary Trent Jr. was sensational and looked like the player he was pre-All-Star break, finishing with 29 points on 6-8 shooting from three.

Pascal Siakam who was the star of Monday night's win over Boston, couldn't get it going on offense, but impacted the game everywhere else on the court. The Raptors superstar tallied a new career-high in assists with 13 dimes to go with his second career triple-double.

OG Anunoby was also great on the night with 22 points on 69 percent shooting from the field. On the Timberwolves' side, Edwards was the only player that was a consistent offensive threat with 24 points on the night.

The intensity the Raptors played with was amazing and a great sign going into this final stretch of the season. Toronto now sits at 44-32 on the season and is tied for fifth with the Chicago Bulls. Their next game will be on the road against a youthful Orlando Magic team on Friday at 7 PM ET.