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Williams helps lead Raptors past Timberwolves 113-99

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Lou Williams scored 18 points to lead a balanced Toronto offense as the Raptors defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves 113-99 on Wednesday.

Six players scored at least 13 points for the Raptors, who shot 55.3 percent from the field. DeMar DeRozan had 17 points, Terrance Ross 16, Jonas Valanciunas 15, Greivis Vasquez 14 and James Johnson chipped in 13 for Toronto.

Andrew Wiggins scored 25 points, Zach LaVine had 22 and Chase Budinger added 19 for Minnesota, which lost its fourth straight.

Toronto led by as much as 31 in the fourth quarter.

The game was tied at 24 late in the first quarter before Toronto blew it open with a 26-7 run. Vasquez, who went 4-for-5 on 3-pointers, opened the second quarter by scoring the Raptors’ first eight points, and Johnson added six straight to help push Toronto’s lead to 50-31.

The Timberwolves cut the lead to 14 at the half, but the Raptors erased all doubt with a 17-4 run to open the third quarter. After hitting 10 of 19 3-pointers in the first half, the Raptors went to work inside, with Valanciunas hitting four baskets in the low post early in the third quarter.

TIP-INS

Raptors: Toronto finishes its season with five of its last seven games against teams fighting to get into the playoffs. Head coach Dwane Casey said he welcomes the challenge. “I think that’s going to be good for us because that’s going to let us know how hard the playoffs are going to be,” Casey said. “These teams are going to be playing at a high level.” … The Raptors hit 3-pointers on three consecutive shots in the first quarter. Vasquez, Terrence Ross and Amir Johnson connected before Ross missed on their next trip down the floor. … G Kyle Lowry (back) sat out his fourth straight game. … The Raptors have won 20 of their last 21 against Minnesota.

Timberwolves: G Kevin Martin (hamstring) missed his sixth consecutive game. Minnesota also had F Gorgui Dieng (concussion), G Ricky Rubio (ankle), G Gary Neal (ankle) and F Kevin Garnett (knee and illness) on the injured list. … Wiggins continued his ironman streak, playing in his 75th straight game. “About halfway through (the season) he made it a point that he wanted to play 82 games,” Minnesota head coach Flip Saunders said, “and he’s kind of been set on doing that.”

UP NEXT

Raptors: Visit Brooklyn on Friday.

Timberwolves: Host Orlando on Friday.

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