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Updated: March 9th, 2014 8:41pm
Wolves' slim playoff hopes take another hit in loss to surging Raptors

Wolves' slim playoff hopes take another hit in loss to surging Raptors

by The Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS -- Kyle Lowry had 20 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists for his fourth career triple-double, lifting the Toronto Raptors to a 111-104 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday night.

DeMar DeRozan added 25 points and seven rebounds and Steve Novak hit five 3-pointers for the surprising Raptors, who have won nine of their last 11 games to climb to third place in the Eastern Conference standings. Toronto shot 58.3 percent (14 for 24) on 3-pointers.

Kevin Love had 26 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists, and Nikola Pekovic added 17 points and 11 rebounds for the Timberwolves. Minnesota has started a crucial four-game homestand with two losses in three games, and the team's hopes of climbing from 10th in the West into the playoff picture are looking bleak.

© The Associated Press
In this story: Kevin Love, Nikola Pekovic
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