Toronto, ON, Canada (4E Sports) – Kyle Lowry scored 24 points, including six 3-pointers, as the Toronto Raptors beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 94-89 at Air Canada Centre.
He got a lot of help from Amir Johnson who had 19 points, Terrence Ross who scored 16 and DeMar DeRozan who added 15 points.
Lowry is 29 for 56 from 3-point range this month and has led Toronto in scoring three times in the past five games.
Wolves coach Rick Adelman, who was Lowry’s coach with the Rockets, said Lowry was shooting the ball a lot better than any time from the 3-point line, from the floor and from the free-throw line.
“That’s a big difference, but he’s always been a really solid player,” said Adelman.
Timberwolves power forward Kevin Love also thinks highly of Lowry’s game.
“On any given night, especially at the point guard position, which is so tough in the NBA, he can get the best of anybody,” Minnesota’s Kevin Love said of Lowry.
But Lowry does not want to grab all the credit for Toronto’s success, which he said boils down to ball movement.
“Everyone is just trusting each other, everyone has confidence in each other,” he said. “If you miss one, you know you’re going to get another one and nobody’s mad that you took that shot.”
Lowry and Johnson each scored nine points in the third as the Raptors made four 3-pointers and pushed their lead back to 69-61 heading into the fourth.
The Raptors led 73-63 on a 3-pointer by Greivis Vasquez with 8:44 left before the Timberwolves answered with a 9-2 run.
Kevin Martin’s 3-pointer with 1:27 left moved the Wolves within three at 85-82.
DeRozan hit a jump shot and later grabbed a rebound that he fed Lowry for a 3-pointer with less than 15 seconds to go.
The Timberwolves were led Kevin Love’s 16 points and 12 rebounds and Kevin Martin who added 18 points.