Trent Jr. scores 30 points again as Raptors defeat Timberwolves
Pascal Siakam added 17 points, 8 rebounds and 9 assists
Gary Trent Jr. has no exotic plans for the All-Star break, he's just happy to use the time for bonus bonding with his three younger brothers in Minnesota.
He sure gave his family a good show on Wednesday night, scoring 30 points in his home state to help the Toronto Raptors — who were without All-Star Fred VanVleet — beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 103-91.
"Gary grew up here. He was going to be juiced up for this one, for sure," coach Nick Nurse said.
Karl-Anthony Towns led the Timberwolves with 24 points and 11 rebounds, and Jaden McDaniels pitched in 18 points and seven rebounds, but they were done in by some defensive lapses and icy outside shooting down the stretch.
Trent went 5 for 12 from 3-point range and had 10 points in the fourth quarter for the Raptors in their ninth win in 11 games, while his father — former Timberwolves forward Gary Trent Sr. — sat courtside in a fur coat next to his wide-eyed brothers.
The soft-spoken Trent said he relishes the opportunity for his siblings to watch him in-person, realizing they're too young to appreciate his father's nine-year NBA career.
"I'm the closest thing to the reality of what it can be if they can see the work and be what they are," said Trent, who grew up in the Twin Cities area and won a state championship on the Target Center floor in 2015 with Apple Valley High School. "Any chance I get to showcase that or go out there and play in front of them, I just go out there and play hard."
Each team will enter All-Star weekend in seventh place in their conferences, and the Raptors are on track to return to the playoffs after missing out last season for the first time in eight years.
The Raptors were coming off a 30-point loss to New Orleans in which they shot a season-worst 30.5% from the field. This was a much sharper performance but came without the service of VanVleet, who was sidelined by knee soreness.
'You can just see the fatigue in us'
Siakam made three free throws early in the fourth quarter after a foul on D'Angelo Russell, giving the Raptors a 77-74 advantage. It was their first lead since 49-48, and they never trailed after that. Trent knocked down a step-back 3-pointer to make it 92-84 with 5:08 left.
"He continued to be aggressive," Siakam said. "We need that from him."
Playing the second half of a back-to-back set and their seventh game in 11 days, the Timberwolves faced another test of their progress after a comeback victory over Charlotte.
Anthony Edwards, playing on sprained ankle that had him listed as questionable, had only six points, all from the foul line. Edwards, Russell and Malik Beasley shot a combined 4 for 23 from 3-point range.
"I hope everyone can get some of their legs back or whatever," coach Chris Finch said, "but you know my thought on this: I'm tired of hearing about how tired everybody is."