Timberwolves Blow Lead in Fourth, Fall to Raptors 86-81
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Timberwolves failed to close out yet another game in the final quarter on Friday, resulting in an 86-81 loss to the Toronto Raptors.
Toronto built up a sizeable 28-15 lead in the opening quarter. Minnesota rallied in the second and made up a little bit of ground.
Still trailing 45-35 entering the third, the Timberwolves went off for 29 points and held the Raptors to just 13. That gave Minnesota a 64-58 lead heading in the final frame.
Toronto played a solid 12 minutes, outscoring the Timberwolves 28-17. That push was enough to cover their deficit and more.
Toronto's Norman Powell led all scorers with 31 points. Karl-Anthony Towns led Minnesota with 19 points and 13 rebounds. Malik Beasley added 13 points, and Jordan McLaughlin finished with 11 points.
The Wolves fall to 7-23. They will travel to New York to face the 14-16 Knicks on Sunday. Pre-game starts at 5:30 on AM 1240 and 95.3 FM WJON.