Tyus Jones hits go-ahead triple as Timberwolves snap four-game slump with slim win over Raptors
Tyus Jones celebrates after knocking down the go-ahead triple for the Timberwolves. AP

TYUS Jones knocked down the go-ahead triple to lift the Minnesota Timberwolves out of a four-game slump with a come-from-behind win over the Toronto Raptors, 112-109, at the Target Center on Wednesday (Thursday, Manila time).

Andrew Wiggins led the Timberwolves assault against his hometown team with 31 points as Minnesota overcame a 13-point first half deficit against Toronto.

Minnesota even took the lead midway through the third before Toronto regained control with an 18-10 run to close the period. DeMar DeRozan hit a basket to put the Raptors up by four, 105-101, entering the final two minutes. But the Timberwolves countered with a 6-0 blast to take a 107-105 lead. DeRozan tied it up at 107 with a strong drive to the hoop, but Wiggins found Jones open for the crucial triple that put the Timberwolves up for good with 19.5 ticks to play.

Jonas Valanciunas got the Raptors within one with a slam but Wiggins sank a pair from the stripe to put the lead back to three. Kyle Lowry then missed a potential game-tying triple at the buzzer as the Timberwolves escaped with the win.

Karl-Anthony Towns had a double-double for Minnesota (20-33) with 29 points and 14 rebounds, while Shabazz Muhammad scored 20 off the bench.

DeRozan finished with 30 points and Lowry added 20 for the Raptors (32-22), while DeMarre Carroll drilled all five of his triples to end up with 19 markers.

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