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Raptors end regular season with 120-100 win over T-Wolves

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Toronto Raptors are healthy, confident and ready for the playoffs.

Now, all that's left is to find out their opponent.

Kawhi Leonard scored 20 points and the Raptors closed their regular season with a 120-100 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday night.

''I think all of us want to win, get to that promised land,'' Leonard said. ''That's a great group of guys here that are unselfish, want to win, want to play defense, want to do the right things on the floor.''

Fred VanVleet scored 16 points, and Chris Boucher had a career-high 15 points and 13 rebounds off the bench for the Raptors, who finished the regular season at 58-24. They'll be the second seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs and face the Brooklyn Nets, Detroit Pistons or Orlando Magic in the first round.

''Since I've been in the league these last three years, we've been one of the top teams in the league, top teams in the East,'' VanVleet said. ''There's a lot that comes with that. You should take pride in that.''

Andrew Wiggins and Gorgui Dieng each scored 16 points for the Timberwolves, who played without All-Star center Karl-Anthony Towns. Dieng started in Towns' place. It was Dieng's first start since April 12, 2017.

''Starting or playing from the bench, it doesn't really matter to me,'' Dieng said. ''I just want to play and help the team. I think it's good that I get to use this playing time.''

Toronto went on a 20-5 run over the final 5:16 of the second quarter and led 69-47 at halftime.

The Timberwolves never got closer than 15 points in the second half, and the Raptors led by as many as 32 points in the final two periods.

''I looked at little things and after that big second quarter from Toronto, we started trying to, `OK, let's win the next quarter,' and we did,'' Timberwolves coach Ryan Saunders said. ''We won the first quarter, so those were positives to us. But ultimately, we didn't do enough things to be in the game at the end.''

Boucher scored 11 points in 10 minutes in the second quarter. Boucher's previous career best was the nine points he scored Dec. 28 against the Orlando Magic. Boucher, the G-League Most Valuable Player and Defensive Player of the Year, was signed to a standard NBA contract on Feb. 10.

''I just want to play,'' Boucher said. ''When you get in the game, play hard, good things happen.''

Towns did not play because of knee soreness. Saunders said Towns would travel with the team for Wednesday's season finale in Denver and be a game-time decision.

The Raptors set a franchise record with their 26th road victory of the season. The only player who missed Tuesday's game with an injury was guard Patrick McCaw (sprained right thumb). Starting guard Kyle Lowry and forward Serge Ibaka were rested.

''I think we're about as healthy as we could be,'' Raptors coach Nick Nurse said. ''I think it was nice to get Serge and Kyle a night tonight.''

GOOD TIMING

The Raptors were in Minneapolis on Monday night, allowing coach Nick Nurse and his staff to attend Monday night's NCAA title game. Nurse played against Virginia coach Tony Bennett when Nurse was at Northern Iowa and Bennett was at Wisconsin-Green Bay. ''I think I held him to 29 points one time,'' Nurse joked.

TIP-INS

Raptors: G Kyle Lowry (rest), F/C Serge Ibaka (rest) and G Patrick McCaw (sprained right thumb) did not play. VanVleet started in place of Lowry. . Toronto reached 1,000 made 3-pointers in a season for the first time.

Timberwolves: G Jerryd Bayless (right ankle contusion) and F Taj Gibson (strained left calf) did not play. They joined Towns and long-term absentees F Robert Covington (bone bruise on right knee), F Luol Deng (left Achilles soreness), G Derrick Rose (right elbow surgery) and G Jeff Teague (left foot inflammation) in missing the game. . Dieng made his first start since April 12, 2017. . Tyus Jones had his stretch of 129:18 without a turnover snapped.

UP NEXT

Raptors: Hosts Brooklyn Nets, Orlando Magic or Detroit Pistons in Eastern Conference playoffs.

Timberwolves: At Denver Nuggets on Wednesday.

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Key Players
K. Leonard
2 SF
K. Towns
32 C
33.1 Min. Per Game 33.1
24.4 Pts. Per Game 24.4
3.4 Ast. Per Game 3.4
12.4 Reb. Per Game 12.4
49.6 Field Goal % 51.8
49.6 Three Point % 51.8
85.4 Free Throw % 83.6
  Defensive rebound by Jared Terrell 0:35
+ 3 Keita Bates-Diop made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Jared Terrell 0:58
  Bad pass turnover on Chris Boucher, stolen by Keita Bates-Diop 1:04
  Offensive rebound by Eric Moreland 1:11
  Jordan Loyd missed driving layup 1:15
+ 2 Cameron Reynolds made jump shot, assist by C.J. Williams 1:35
  Defensive rebound by Jordan Loyd 1:49
+ 3 Jordan Loyd made 3-pt. jump shot 2:09
  Bad pass turnover on Eric Moreland, stolen by C.J. Williams 2:27
+ 2 Keita Bates-Diop made driving layup, assist by Jared Terrell 2:47
  Defensive rebound by Mitch Creek 2:55
Team Stats
Points 120 100
Field Goals 46-88 (52.3%) 38-91 (41.8%)
3-Pointers 16-37 (43.2%) 13-42 (31.0%)
Free Throws 12-17 (70.6%) 11-14 (78.6%)
Total Rebounds 64 39
Offensive 7 5
Defensive 47 30
Team 10 4
Assists 24 26
Steals 10 10
Blocks 5 9
Turnovers 18 12
Fouls 17 16
Technicals 0 0
15 PTS, 13 REB, 2 AST
16 PTS, 7 REB, 5 AST
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away team logo Raptors 58-24 26432922120
home team logo Timberwolves 36-45 28193122100
Team Stats
away team logo Raptors 58-24 106.6 PPG 42.3 RPG 22.5 APG
home team logo Timberwolves 36-45 PPG RPG APG
Key Players
K. Leonard SF 30.5 PPG 9.1 RPG 3.9 APG 49.0 FG%
G. Dieng C PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
K. Leonard SF 20 PTS 6 REB 1 AST
G. Dieng C 16 PTS 7 REB 5 AST
52.3 FG% 41.8
43.2 3PT FG% 31.0
70.6 FT% 78.6
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
K. Leonard 20 6 1 8/14 4/7 0/0 0 23 1 1 1 0 6 +10 29
F. VanVleet 16 2 4 6/12 2/5 2/2 1 27 3 0 1 0 2 +4 28
P. Siakam 10 4 2 4/6 1/2 1/2 4 17 1 0 2 0 4 -2 17
M. Gasol 9 6 1 3/5 2/3 1/4 1 23 1 0 2 2 4 +4 16
D. Green 7 2 4 2/5 1/3 2/2 0 23 1 1 1 0 2 +10 18
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
K. Leonard 20 6 1 8/14 4/7 0/0 0 23 1 1 1 0 6 +10 29
F. VanVleet 16 2 4 6/12 2/5 2/2 1 27 3 0 1 0 2 +4 28
P. Siakam 10 4 2 4/6 1/2 1/2 4 17 1 0 2 0 4 -2 17
M. Gasol 9 6 1 3/5 2/3 1/4 1 23 1 0 2 2 4 +4 16
D. Green 7 2 4 2/5 1/3 2/2 0 23 1 1 1 0 2 +10 18
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
C. Boucher 15 13 2 7/10 1/3 0/0 2 24 0 2 2 1 12 +16 32
N. Powell 10 5 2 4/10 2/4 0/0 3 19 1 0 1 0 5 +22 19
O. Anunoby 9 5 2 4/6 1/2 0/0 2 18 0 0 2 1 4 +24 16
J. Lin 8 4 5 2/8 0/4 4/4 2 19 1 0 3 1 3 +14 20
J. Meeks 7 1 1 3/5 1/3 0/0 1 17 0 0 1 0 1 +20 9
J. Loyd 6 1 0 2/4 1/1 1/1 0 7 0 0 0 0 1 -8 7
M. Miller 3 1 0 1/2 0/0 1/2 1 8 0 0 0 1 0 -6 4
E. Moreland 0 4 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 7 1 1 2 1 3 -8 4
K. Lowry - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Ibaka - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
P. McCaw - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 120 54 24 46/88 16/37 12/17 17 232 10 5 18 7 47 +100 219
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
G. Dieng 16 7 5 5/9 1/1 5/6 2 28 1 1 2 2 5 -13 33
A. Wiggins 16 3 3 7/17 2/6 0/0 0 28 0 2 1 0 3 -11 26
D. Saric 15 9 0 5/12 2/6 3/3 2 24 0 0 1 2 7 -15 23
T. Jones 11 1 10 5/9 1/4 0/0 0 28 1 0 1 0 1 -11 32
J. Okogie 3 1 1 1/4 1/3 0/0 4 17 1 0 0 0 1 -9 7
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
G. Dieng 16 7 5 5/9 1/1 5/6 2 28 1 1 2 2 5 -13 33
A. Wiggins 16 3 3 7/17 2/6 0/0 0 28 0 2 1 0 3 -11 26
D. Saric 15 9 0 5/12 2/6 3/3 2 24 0 0 1 2 7 -15 23
T. Jones 11 1 10 5/9 1/4 0/0 0 28 1 0 1 0 1 -11 32
J. Okogie 3 1 1 1/4 1/3 0/0 4 17 1 0 0 0 1 -9 7
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
C. Reynolds 8 1 1 3/10 2/7 0/0 1 19 1 0 1 0 1 0 11
K. Bates-Diop 7 4 1 2/7 1/5 2/2 2 24 1 2 3 0 4 -11 13
C. Williams 7 2 0 3/6 1/2 0/1 1 18 3 0 1 0 2 -9 11
A. Tolliver 6 4 1 2/5 2/4 0/0 2 22 1 3 0 0 4 -5 16
M. Creek 6 2 1 3/6 0/1 0/0 0 11 1 0 1 1 1 -1 10
J. Terrell 5 1 3 2/6 0/3 1/2 2 15 0 1 1 0 1 -15 12
J. Bayless - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Rose - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Gibson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Teague - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Covington - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Towns - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Deng - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 100 35 26 38/91 13/42 11/14 16 234 10 9 12 5 30 -100 194