RED- HOT RAP­TORS RACK UP NINTH STRAIGHT WIN AT HOME

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DeMar DeRozan poured in 31 points to lift the Toronto Rap­tors to a 114-105 vic­tory over Min­nesota on Wed­nes­day, ty­ing the fran­chise record with their ninth con­sec­u­tive win at home. Kyle Lowry added 21 points, while Cory Joseph had 18 points off the bench. Jonas Valan­ci­u­nas chipped in with 14 points and seven re­bounds for Toronto ( 3818). An­drew Wig­gins led the T- Wolves ( 18- 40) with 26 points, while Gorgui Dieng added 21. The last time the Rap­tors had won nine in a row at home was back in 1999. The Rap­tors put to­gether a nine-point lead in the fourth, but the T-Wolves chipped away at it, and a put­back dunk by Zack LaVine tied the game with 3: 48 to play. But Toronto’s all- stars Lowry and DeRozan drilled con­sec­u­tive three- point­ers, putting the Rap­tors ahead 107-101 with just un­der two min­utes to play. Lowry and DeRozan would sink an­other pair of threes to seal the deal for Toronto and send the ca­pac­ity crowd of 19,800 fans home happy.

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