TIMBERWOLVES AT RAPTORS PREGAME NOTES: The Raptors won their franchise record 14th straight game (Jan. 15 – Feb. 8) Saturday night against Brooklyn. Over the past 14 games, the Raptors are averaging 120.1 points and shooting .499 (621-1244) from the field, including .399 (202-506) from three point range. Toronto also has a +72 (185-to-257) turnover differential during this stretch and leads the NBA in points per game off turnovers (22.4). The Raptors’ win streak is the longest in Toronto sports history (NBA, NHL, MLB, MLS and CFL).

INJURY REPORT 1:30 P.M. MONDAY

MIN@TOR Minnesota Timberwolves Evans, Jacob Out G League – On Assignment
Layman, Jake Out Injury/Illness – Left Toe; Sprain
Russell, D’Angelo Questionable Injury/Illness – Right Quad; Contusion
Spellman, Omari Out Not With Team
Turner, Evan Out Not With Team
Toronto Raptors Brissett, Oshae Out G League – Two-Way
Gasol, Marc Out Injury/Illness – Left Hamstring; Tightness
Hernandez, Dewan Out Injury/Illness – Right Ankle; Sprain
Lowry, Kyle Questionable Injury/Illness – Neck; Whiplash
Powell, Norman Out Injury/Illness – Left Finger; Fourth; fracture, metacarpal

RAPTORS NOTES
• The Toronto Raptors welcome the Minnesota Timberwolves to Scotiabank Arena on Monday night. This is the second meeting between the two teams this season, as the Raptors defeated the Timberwolves last month 122-112 in Minnesota. Fred VanVleet led all scorers with 29 points, while Kyle Lowry finished with 28 in the win. Toronto has won 15 consecutive games against Minnesota at home and four straight overall.
• The Raptors won their franchise record 14th straight game (Jan. 15 – Feb. 8) Saturday night against Brooklyn. Over the last 14 games, the Raptors are averaging 120.1 points and shooting .499 (621-1244) from the field, including .399 (202-506) from three point range. Toronto also has a +72 (185-to-257) turnover differential during this stretch and leads the NBA in points per game off turnovers (22.4). The Raptors’ win streak is the longest in Toronto sports history (NBA, NHL, MLB, MLS and CFL).
• With Saturday night’s win over the Nets, the Raptors improved to 39-14. It is their best record after 53 games in franchise history. The Raptors’ 39 victories are tied with the Lakers for second-most in the NBA.
• Rookie Terence Davis II made his second career start Saturday, finishing with 20 points (7-15 FG, 5-8 3PT, 1-1 FT) and eight rebounds in 30 minutes. It was the fourth consecutive game Davis has scored in double digits (Feb. 2-8), averaging 19.8 points (third on team) and shooting .607 (17-28) from behind the arc during this stretch. He is the only Raptor to appear in every game this season, and currently ranks second among all rookies with a .429 three-point percentage and sixth with a .488 field goal percentage.
• Toronto shot .400 (14-35) from 3-point range Saturday vs. the Nets and are shooting .399 (202-506) beyond the arc over the 14-game win streak. The Raptors rank third in the NBA with a .376 3-point percentage this season and score 36.2 per cent of their points via the 3 – fourth highest in the league
• Serge Ibaka has scored in double figures in 10 straight games (Jan. 22 – Feb. 8), scoring 12 points Saturday night. He is averaging 19.3 points (second on the team) and shooting .602 (80-for-133) from the field during this stretch.
• Toronto outscored Brooklyn 25-8 in fast break points Saturday night. The Raptors currently rank third in the NBA, averaging 18.3 fast break points. Milwaukee leads all team with 19.0 fast break points per game.
• Nick Nurse and his staff will coach Team Giannis at the 2020 NBA All-Star Game in Chicago. Nurse will
become just the third active head coach to coach in the All-Star Game in their first or second year as an
NBA head coach, joining Steve Kerr (first year) and Mike Budenholzer (second year) – both in 2015.
• Kyle Lowry has been named a reserve for the 2020 NBA All-Star Game. Lowry will participate in his sixth All-Star Game (2015-20), the most in franchise history. He is the first player in NBA history to be selected
to at least six All-Star teams after not being picked in any of his first eight seasons. Lowry will join forward Pascal Siakam in Chicago, who was voted a starter. Siakam’s selection extends a streak of six consecutive years that a Raptor has been voted into the starting five – Lowry (2015, 2016), DeMar DeRozan (2017, 2018) and Kawhi Leonard (2019). It also marks the fifth straight year (2016-20) two players will represent Toronto in the All-Star Game.


POSSIBLE STARTERS


F – OG ANUNOBY #3

MIN: 34.9 REB: 7.6 AST: 3.4 STL: 1.0 TO: 2.4 BLK: 0.9 PTS: 23.4


• Totaled five points, four rebounds and two steals in 29 minutes Feb. 8 vs. Brooklyn.
• Toronto is 20-4 this season when Anunoby scores 10 or more points.
• Averaging a career-high 10.1 points and shooting a career-best .492 from the field this season.


F – PASCAL SIAKAM #43

MIN: 34.9 REB: 7.6 AST: 3.4 STL: 1.0 TO: 2.4 BLK: 0.9 PTS: 23.4


• Finished with 20 points, seven rebounds and four assists in 34 minutes of action Feb. 8 vs. Brooklyn.
• Ranks 15th in the NBA in scoring (23.4) and 12th in +/- rating (+297).
• Has scored 30+ points 12 times; had five 30-point performances in 80 games played last season.


C – SERGE IBAKA #9

MIN: 27.0 REB: 8.0 AST: 1.4 STL: 0.5 TO: 1.9 BLK: 0.8 PTS: 15.9


• Recorded 12 points and six rebounds in 32 minutes of play Feb. 8 vs. Brooklyn.

• Averaging 18.7 points, 8.9 rebounds and 31.8 minutes in 20 games as a starter this season.
• Is the only player in NBA history with 500+ three-point field goals and 1,500+ blocks.


G – TERENCE DAVIS II #0

MIN: 17.4 REB: 3.6 AST: 1.8 STL: 0.6 TO: 1.0 BLK: 0.2 PTS: 8.2


• Scored 20 points and collected eight rebounds in 30 minutes Feb. 8 vs. Brooklyn
• Has scored in double figures in four straight games (Feb. 2-8), averaging 19.8 points during this span.
• Became the first Raptors rookie to score 30+ points as a reserve in a game Feb. 2 vs. Chicago (31 points).


G – FRED VANVLEET #23

MIN: 35.9 REB: 3.8 AST: 6.9 STL: 1.9 TO: 2.3 BLK: 0.3 PTS: 17.9


• Finished with a team-high 29 points and six assists in 33 minutes Feb. 8 vs. Brooklyn.
• Ranks fourth in the NBA in steals per game (1.91); has registered multiple steals in 21 games.
• Has totaled 49 assists, compared to 13 turnovers, over the last six games (Jan. 30 – Feb. 8).



INJURY REPORT
Marc Gasol (Left hamstring; tightness) – Out
Dewan Hernandez (Right ankle; sprain) – Out
Kyle Lowy (Neck: whiplash) – Questionable
Norman Powell (Left hand; fourth metacarpal – fracture) – Out


TONIGHT’S GAME DETAILS
Opponent: Minnesota Timberwolves
Date: Monday, February 10
Tip-Off: 7:30 p.m. (ET)
Venue: Scotiabank Arena
Television: Sportsnet

Radio: TSN 1050 Toronto


SERIES RECAP VS. MINNESOTA
OVERALL HOME ROAD
2019-20 1-0 0-0 1-0
ALL-TIME 32-15 21-3 11-12
STREAKS Won 4 Won 15 Won 2
LAST WIN:
January 18, 2020 (122-112)
LAST HOME WIN:
October 24, 2018 (112-105)
LARGEST MARGIN OF VICTORY:
+23, February 10, 2008
LARGEST MARGIN OF DEFEAT:
-32, March 19, 2002
LAST TIME VS. MINNESOTA
GAME 42 – JANUARY 18, 2020
TORONTO 122, MINNESOTA 112
MINNEAPOLIS — Fred VanVleet led Toronto with 29 points as the Raptors beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 122-112 on Saturday night … Kyle
Lowry added 28 points and seven assists while Norman Powell scored 20
points off the bench for the Raptors, who have won three straight games
… Minnesota’s Andrew Wiggins recorded his first career triple-double …
He had 18 points, a career-high 11 assists and 10 rebounds … Rookie
Jarrett Culver had 26 points for the Timberwolves … VanVleet’s injury
sidelined him for five games before Saturday … He was 11 of 16 from the
field and 7 of 8 from 3-point range … VanVleet scored 10 points in the
fourth quarter … Toronto took a five-point lead into the fourth quarter
thanks in large part to Lowry’s efforts in the third … Lowry scored 17
points in the quarter to erase a four-point halftime deficit … The Raptors
pushed the lead to as many as 22 in the fourth … Serge Ibaka and Powell
each had six points off the bench during a 21-6 stretch to open the period
… Minnesota got big first quarters from Wiggins and Culver … Wiggins
had 11 points on 4-of-4 shooting and added five assists in the quarter …
Culver led Minnesota with 14 points in the first, including 4 of 6 from deep.
1 2 3 4 TOT
TORONTO 32 26 31 33 122
MINNESOTA 39 23 22 28 112


NEXT GAME DETAILS
Opponent: Brooklyn Nets
Date: Wednesday, February 12
Tip-Off: 7:30 p.m. (ET)
Venue: Barclays Center
Television: TSN
Radio: TSN 1050 Toronto


SERIES RECAP VS. BROOKLYN
OVERALL HOME ROAD
2019-20 3-0 2-0 1-0
ALL-TIME 56-40 33-15 23-25
STREAKS Won 6 Won 10 Won 2
LAST WIN:
February 8, 2020 (119-118)
LAST ROAD WIN:
January 4, 2020 (121-102)
LARGEST MARGIN OF VICTORY:
+37, November 2, 2007
LARGEST MARGIN OF DEFEAT:
-25, January 15, 1996
LAST TIME VS. BROOKLYN
GAME 53 – FEBRUARY 8, 2020
TORONTO 119, BROOKLYN 118
TORONTO — Fred VanVleet scored 10 of his 29 points in the fourth quarter, Pascal Siakam scored 20 points, including the tiebreaking free throw
with 22 seconds remaining, and the Raptors extended their franchise-record winning streak to 14 by beating the Brooklyn Nets 119-118 on
Saturday night… Terence Davis scored 20 points in his first home start,
Matt Thomas had a career-high 15 and Serge Ibaka added 12 as the
Raptors won despite playing without All-Star guard Kyle Lowry, earning
their 10th consecutive home victory over the Nets… Toronto has won 18
of 19 in the series, including six straight… Caris LeVert scored a career-high 37 points, going 6 of 7 from long range, but missed a 3-pointer with a
second left that would have given Brooklyn the win… Spencer Dinwiddie
had 21 points and 11 assists and DeAndre Jordan had 15 points and 14
rebounds… The Nets trailed by 12 points to begin the fourth but LeVert
scored on three straight possessions to tie it at 118 with 35 seconds left…
Siakam restored Toronto’s lead by splitting a pair of free throws with 22
seconds remaining… The Nets let the clock run down and gave LeVert a
chance to win it, but his pull-up 3 bounced off the rim. Brooklyn’s Joe Harris grabbed the rebound, but missed a layup as the buzzer sounded.
1 2 3 4 TOT
BROOKLYN 36 18 34 30 118
TORONTO 33 33 34 19 119

Timberwolves Last Game Starters:

Pos. No. Player Ht. Wt. 2019-20 Averages

F – 20 Josh Okogie 6-4 212 8.6 pts (41.1%), 4.3 reb, 1.5 ast

F – 41 Juancho Hernangomez 6-9 214 3.5 pts (36.2%), 2.7 reb, 0.7 ast

C – 32 Karl-Anthony Towns 7-0 248 26.6 pts (51.1%), 10.8 reb, 4.3 ast

G – 5 Malik Beasley 6-4 187 8.3 pts (39.1%), 2.1 reb, 1.2 ast

G – 6 Jordan McLaughlin 6-0 170 6.9 pts (45.6%), 1.8 reb, 3.9 ast

Status Report:

Guard D’Angelo Russell: Missed Saturday’s game against the Clippers with a right quad contusion. His status will be reevaluated prior to tonight’s game against Toronto.

Forward Jake Layman: Has missed the last 37 games with a left toe sprain. He is listed as out for Saturday’s game against the Raptors.

Recent Transactions: Feb. 6: Acquired forward James Johnson from Miami in exchange for Gorgui Dieng as part of a seven-player, three-team trade involving the Timberwolves, Miami Heat and Memphis Grizzlies.

Feb. 6: Acquired guards D’Angelo Russell and Jacob Evans and forward Omari Spellman from the Golden State Warriors in exchange for forward Andrew Wiggins, a 2021 First Round Pick and a 2022 Second Round Pick.

Feb. 5: Acquired guard Malik Beasley and forwards Juancho Hernangomez and Jarred Vanderbilt from the Denver Nuggets along with forward Evan Turner and a 2020 First Round Pick from the Atlanta Hawks in exchange for guard Shabazz Napier and forwards Keita BatesDiop and Noah Vonleh to Denver and center Jordan Bell and forward Robert Covington to Houston.

Feb. 4: Recalled guard Jaylen Nowell from Iowa (G League).

Jan. 29: Assigned guard Jaylen Nowell to Iowa (G League). Jan. 25: Recalled guard Jaylen Nowell from Iowa (G League).

…Jan 16: Acquired guard Allen Crabbe from the Atlanta Hawks in exchange for guards Treveon Graham and Jeff Teague.

Last Game: Saturday, Feb. 8 –Minnesota 142, Los Angeles Clippers 115

After a massive first half, the Timberwolves took a 81-59 lead into halftime, the most points scored in any half in team history. They had no trouble staying in control the rest of the way and held to snap a 13-game losing streak. Jordan McLaughlin led the Timberwolves with 24 points on 11-of-15 shooting, 11 assists and four rebounds. Malik Beasley added 23 points, 10 rebounds, four assists and one steal, in his debut with the Timberwolves. Karl-Anthony Towns finished with 22 points, 13 rebounds, nine assists. a steal and a block, while Josh Okogie added 15 points and two steals. Meanwhile, Kawhi Leonard led the Clippers with 29 points on 8-of-17 shooting, six rebounds and three assists. Paul George added 21 points, five rebounds, two assists, three steals and two blocks, while Lou Williams and Montrezl Harrell added 11 points each, off the bench.

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