DeRozan, Lowry overcome cold start to lead Raptors past Timberwolves 31 Jan 18

TORONTO — If Fred VanVleet was tired after the birth of his daughter Sanaa Marie, it didn’t show.

Arriving at Air Canada Centre an hour before tipoff and on a few hours of sleep, VanVleet had 10 points in 21:19 of play as the Toronto Raptors rallied to a 109-104 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday.

DeRozan finished with 23 points and eight assists and Kyle Lowry scored 15 with nine assists as Toronto (34-15) rallied to a win. Centre Jonas Valanciunas had a double-double with 18 points and 11 rebounds. CJ Miles, typically the Raptors’ best player off the bench, missed the game with soreness in his right knee.

Jimmy Butler led Minnesota (32-22) with 25 points, five rebounds and six assists. Canadian Andrew Wiggins scored 15 with eight rebounds as the Timberwolves lost their 14th straight game at Air Canada Centre.