Raptors beat Timberwolves

Published 9:07 am Thursday, March 19, 2015

TORONTO — Early in his career, missing 10 of 14 shots would have been too much for DeMar DeRozan to take.

Now he’s found a better outlet for his frustration: contribute any way you can.

Jonas Valanciunas had 15 points and 15 rebounds, DeRozan scored 21 and the Toronto Raptors won their 11th straight home game over Minnesota, beating the short-handed Timberwolves 105-100 on Wednesday night.

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Terrence Ross added 15 points and Patrick Patterson had 14 as the Raptors spoiled the Toronto debut of 2014 top draft pick Andrew Wiggins, who grew up in the city’s north suburbs.

Hampered by foul trouble in the first half, Wiggins wasn’t much of a factor in becoming the 15th Canadian player to face the Raptors. He finished with 15 points, six in the fourth quarter.

“It felt welcoming,” said Wiggins, who got a loud cheer during pregame introductions. “I already love playing in Toronto, I already loving playing where I’m from. Even though we didn’t win the game, I still feel appreciated, and had fun.”

Wiggins picked up two fouls in the first quarter, then was called for a charge 20 seconds after returning in the second, and headed back to the bench.

“He’s got to learn how to play in foul trouble and he was guarding a great player in DeMar,” Minnesota assistant coach Sam Mitchell said. “I thought in the second half he did a much better job of keeping himself in the game and still playing good defense.”

The Raptors have won seven straight meetings with Minnesota and haven’t lost at home to the Timberwolves since dropping a 108-97 decision on Jan. 21, 2004.

Kevin Martin led the Timberwolves with 37 points, and Chase Budinger had 19.

Ricky Rubio returned to Minnesota’s starting lineup after sitting out the previous two games with a sore right ankle, but the Timberwolves were reduced to eight healthy bodies for the third straight game when center Justin Hamilton was ruled out with an illness.