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Raptors win 7th straight at home, beat Timberwolves 

Pascal Siakam (No. 43) of the Toronto Raptors drives to the net against Naz Reid (No.11) and Kyle Anderson of the Minnesota Timberwolves during the second half of their NBA game at Scotiabank Arena on March 18, 2023 in Toronto, Canada. AFP PHOTO

TORONTO: Pascal Siakam had 27 points and 10 rebounds and the Toronto Raptors extended their season-high home winning streak to seven by beating the Minnesota Timberwolves 122-107 on Saturday (Sunday in Manila).

Jakob Poeltl had 14 points and 11 rebounds, matching his career high with his fourth straight double-double, to help the Raptors improve to 24-4 all-time in home meetings with Minnesota.

Fred VanVleet scored 28 points for Toronto, while Gary Trent Jr. added 19, O.G. Aunoby 15 and Scottie Barnes 10.

Rudy Gobert had 14 points and 12 rebounds and Naz Reid scored 22 points for the Timberwolves, who were playing the second game of a back-to-back. Minnesota lost in double overtime at Chicago on Friday.

The Wolves played without guard Anthony Edwards, who left in the first quarter Friday because of a sprained right ankle. Coach Chris Finch said Edwards is using a walking boot, adding there's no timetable for his return. A first–time All-Star this season, Edwards was injured when he landed awkwardly after jumping while throwing a pass.

Jaden McDaniels scored 18 points and Mike Conley and Kyle Anderson each had 12 as the Wolves lost for the fifth time in six games.

The Timberwolves have not won north of the border since Jan. 21, 2004, when Sam Cassell, Kevin Garnett and Latrell Sprewell were the Wolves' leading scorers in a 108-97 victory.

Toronto's only home loss in the series since was a 116-112 defeat on Feb. 14, 2021, when the Raptors were playing in Tampa, Florida, because of border restrictions related to the Covid-19 pandemic.

VanVleet shot 6 for 9 and scored 15 points in the first. Poeltl shot 6 for 6 and scored 12 points as Toronto led 32-26 after one.

Siakam scored 10 points in the second and Anunoby had 11, including a 3-pointer with less than a second remaining that gave the Raptors a 66-58 halftime edge.

Reid's basket with 4:16 left in the third gave Minnesota its first lead since the opening minutes of game, but Toronto closed the quarter with an 11-2 run to take a 94-85 lead to the fourth.

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