Minnesota Timberwolves Beat Toronto Raptors 101-89, Kevin Love Scores Game High 20 points


After losing the preseason opener the Minnesota Timberwolves came back for their second game of the preseason to beat the Toronto Raptors 101-89.

Coach Rick Adelman wasn’t very happy with the starters on Monday night’s game. But the Wolves came back Wednesday night to put Adelman’s worries at ease.

Kevin Love put in a game-high 20 points to go with nine rebounds as the Wolves avoided another slow start. This time they got out the gate quick in the first quarter.

Nikola Pekovic added 12 points and eight rebounds to the Wolves starters’ total to 52 points before they were pulled late in the third quarter.

But Toronto came back and reversed the tempo in the second quarter and took the lead at halftime 59-55. But Minnesota managed to hold the in the Raptors in the second half to just 30 points. DeMar DeRozan (17 points – 6-of-7) and Toronto’s starting-five ultimately held up against the Wolves with 52 points of their own.

J.J. Barea and Dante Cunningham made their first preseason appearance after sitting out Monday’s opener. Barea returned to the team Tuesday following a brief absence due to personal reasons and Cunningham is finally over the flu.

Barea in 22 minutes and 12 points (5-of-10) and Cunningham had eight points, five rebounds and was 4-of-9.