clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Recap: Toronto Raptors Annihilate Minnesota Timberwolves, 113-99

New, comments

Was that even a road game?

Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports

This won't take very long.

Seven Raptors scored in double-figures as Toronto laid the smackdown on the Minnesota Timberwolves like they were Triple H at WrestleMania 31, winning 113-99.

Lou Williams led the way with 18 points, while Tyler "Psycho-T" Hansbrough chipped in a double-double of 10 points, 11 rebounds and one shot to the gut by Adreian Payne in the final moments.

Toronto led by as many as 31 points, so don't let that 14-point win fool you. Things got ugly in a big way, at least for the opposition.

The sweet science of basketball was on full display as the Raptors finished with 25 assists, including 16 in the first half. Players were spreading the floor, moving the ball from side to side with slick precision and a willingness to get teammates open looks.

It was a solid reminder of how effective the offense can be. Whether it's working inside-out or around the perimeter, Toronto is just so much more fun to watch when players aren't succumbing to "hero ball" and going iso every chance they get.

The Timberwolves aren't the most imposing squad the NBA has to offer, so it was nice to see the Raptors make quick work of a team that is young, developing and not much of a threat to anyone.

Things got so out of hand, even Bruno "The Franchise" Caboclo saw some action.

By the way, just how awesome are Raptors fans? I'm no longer surprised to see large portions of the crowd wearing red and white in opposing arenas. The "We The North" movement is real and it's spectacular, folks.

"Future of Canadian Basketball" Andrew Wiggins Line: 25 points, five rebounds, five assists and two blocks in 43 minutes.

Not too shabby, kid. It didn't mean much in the grand scheme of things, but it was still impressive.

With seven games left on the schedule, Toronto will need to go 3-4 to match its record from last season and 5-2 to reach 50 wins for the first time in franchise history.

The evil Brooklyn Nets await on Friday.