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TORONTO -- Kyle Lowry and the Toronto Raptors made up for a sub-par road performance by continuing their mastery of the Minnnesota Timberwolves. Lowry had 24 points to lead Toronto to a 94-89 victory before an Air Canada Centre sellout crowd of 19,800, the Raptors 10th straight home win over Minnesota and 17th in 18 head-to-head meetings. More importantly, it came just two nights after a disappointing 88-83 road loss to the Boston Celtics. "It was a bounce-back game for us and we needed it," Lowry said. "We did a good job in executiing our gameplan. "They made it close but we pulled it out." The Raptors captured a season-high sixth straight home victory. The last time they did that was Jan. 17-Feb. 10, 2010 when they won eight in a row. On Friday, Toronto wore its special Canadian Forces fourth jersey -- camo green with black-- as part of Armed Forces Night to improve to 10-8 at home. Amir Johnson added 19 points for Toronto while Terrence Ross had 16 points and DeMar DeRozan scored 15 points. Kevin Martin had 18 points for Minnesota (18-21), which has lost three straight and four of its last five to drop to 7-13 on the road. Kevin Love added 16 points. A big key for Toronto was its long-range shooting. The Raptors hit on 11-of-24 attempts from beyond the arc -- Lowry was 6-of-9 alone -- while Minnesota was just 3-of-18. However, it was Martins three-pointer -- his second of the game -- that helped the pesky Timberwolves pull to within 85-83 with just over a minute remaining. But DeRozans basket gave the Raptors a 87-83 advantage. Then, after Minnesota failed to convert on offence, Lowry cemented the win with a three-pointer with 14.6 seconds remaining for a 90-83 advantage. "It was a big shot," Lowry said. "It was one of those shots where we could finally kind of relax a little bit. "Everyone is just trusting each other, everyone has confidence in each other and if you miss (a three-pointer) you know youll probably get another one." Toronto averaged 108 points and made 43 per cent of its three-pointers in sweeping a three-game homestand before heading to Boston. But the Raptors were also solid defensively against a Minnesota team that was averaging 107.1 points per game. "I thought they bounced back as a team from the other night," Toronto coach Dwane Casey said. "I think we were disappointed that we got ambushed in Boston, they attacked us. "They (Timberwolves) are a very good team, very explosive offensive team. Coach (Rick) Adelman, a lot of coaches in this league steal from him . . . Im still stealing from him. Hes an offensive mind, he doesnt get enough credit for it." Adelman, who coached Lowry for three seasons in Houston, had nothing but praise for his former player. "Hes always played at a high level but hes shooting the ball really well," Adelman said. "A lot better than anytime from the three-point line, the floor and the free-throw line. "Thats a big difference but hes always been a solid player." As for Lowry, he said Adelman is by far his favourite NBA coach. "Nothing against coach Casey but Rick is my favourite coach because he gave me my opportunity to show my skills.," Lowry said. "He really is my favourite coach of all time." Toronto finds itself on a nice roll, having won 13 of its last 18 games. But thats of little solace to Casey. "Im not satisfied and I dont think the players are," he said. "Were not the hunted, weve got to be the hunter. "If we dont play (as) the hungry, desperate team, more nights like Boston are going to happen. I thought we played like an underdog tonight and we didnt play that way against Boston." Johnson had nine third-quarter points to help give Toronto a 69-61 advantage but it was Lowrys two three-pointers that put the Raptors ahead 67-53. They came after DeRozan converted a technical foul on Minnesotas Corey Brewer after he received his fourth personal foul. But Jose Barea hit three straight field goals before Ross countered to put Toronto ahead 69-59 late in the quarter. Bareas two free throws put the Raptors advantage to eight points heading into the fourth. Minnesota ended the second quarter on a 9-0 run to cut Torontos half-time advantage to 44-40. Nikola Pekovic anchored the late run with two field goals and a free throw en route to 11 first-half points while DeRozan and Lowry both added 10 points for the Raptors. Toronto shot 44 per cent from the field (16-of-41) and held Minnesota to 39 per cent shooting (16-of-41). But the Raptors dominated from three-point range, hitting on 5-of-12 shots while Minnesota missed on all six of its attempts beyond the arc. Toronto led 22-15 at the end of the first, hitting on 10-of-21 shots (47.6 per cent) from the field while Minnesota shot just 2-of-23 (26.1 per cent). The 15 first-quarter points was a season-low for a Raptors opponent this season. Toronto surged into a 12-2 lead with a 10-0 run early in the first before Minnesota pulled to within 17-15. But Rosss three-pointer and a field goal from Johnson late in the quarter gave the Raptors their seven-point advantage. NOTES -- Former Raptor Rudy Gay had a season-high 33 points in leading Sacramento past Minnesota on Wednesday night . . . The Timberwolves came into Fridays game with a dismal 3-15 road record against Toronto all-time . . . Torontos next game is Sunday afternoon hosting the Los Angeles Lakers. Minnesota returns home to host the Utah Jazz on Saturday night, a squad theve lost five straight games to . . . Minnesota went 0-2 against Toronto last year, with Love missing both games due to injury. Jacob McQuaide Jersey . And thats good news for Canada. Kelly, who plays No. 8 at the back of the scrum, is captain of the Canadian womens team. Eric Dickerson Jersey . 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Philadelphia is ranked 29th out of 30 NHL teams with just nine points this season on a 4-10-1 record. Edmonton has 10 points, but, at 4-11-2, the Oilers have played two more games than the Flyers. This is Edmontons first game in Philadelphia in over two years. The Oilers last visited the Wells Fargo Center on March 8, 2011 and dropped a 4-1 decision to halt a four-game road winning streak in this series. Edmonton is 7-1-0 with a tie in the past nine overall meetings against the Flyers. While in Philadelphia, Edmonton announced the signing of former Flyers goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov, whose tumultuous tenure in the City of Brotherly Love ended this summer with a massive buyout. Bryzgalov, who has yet to play this season in the NHL, agreed to terms on a one-year deal with the Oilers on Friday. According to reports, the 33-year-old Russian will spend time with the Oilers AHL affiliate in Oklahoma City for conditioning before joining the big club. Bryzgalov joined the Flyers in the summer of 2011, signing an 8-year, $51 million deal. However, perceptions of inconsistent play along with off-ice and locker-room behavior issues contributed to the buyout -- one which saved the current basement dwellers in the Metropolitan Division an estimated $6 million on the salary cap for the remaining six years of the deal. "We get a goaltender that has a history of being a high performer in parts of his career, and we get a guy thats very motivated and hes going to have a chance to be a good goalie," said Oilers general manager Craig MacTavish. Edmonton starting goaltender Devan Dubnyk has struggled to a 3-6-1 record, 3.80 GAA and .878 save percentage this season. Backups Richard Bachman and Jason LaBarbera have combined to go 1-5-1 in their nine appearances. The Flyers enter Saturday having lost two straight and four of their last five games. Philadelphia has scored a total of four goals over that five-game stretch and is dead last in the NHL with an average of 1.47 goals per game this season. Philadelphias most recent setback, a 3-0 home loss Thursday night against the New Jersey Devils, prompted a playerrs-only meeting to be called by team captain Claude Giroux, who is still without a goal in 15 games this season.dddddddddddd "Well, were definitely frustrated, but the bright side is we have a good group," said Flyers goaltender Ray Emery after Thursdays loss. "We have a lot of guys who really enjoy playing together." Emery was outdueled Thursday by Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur, who posted a 22-save shutout against the punchless Flyers. Adam Henrique, Cam Janssen and former Philadelphia forward Jaromir Jagr each scored a goal for New Jersey. The Devils had been shut out in their previous two games, including a 1-0 defeat to the Flyers last Saturday. Emery, who had blanked the Devils on Saturday, stopped 22 shots for the Flyers in Thursdays setback. Philadelphia went 0-for-3 on the power play against the Devils and has scored just once on 17 chances with the man advantage over the last four games. The Flyers are ranked 27th in the league with a 10-percent success rate on the power play this season. "On a consistent, nightly basis you have to outwork the penalty killing of the other team and you have to create momentum for your team, and they did not do that tonight," said Flyers head coach Craig Berube. Edmonton enters Saturday as the bottom team in the Western Conference standings and has dropped six of its last seven games. The Oilers, who are making the third stop on a four-game road trip this afternoon, last played on Thursday in Tampa and lost a 4-2 decision to the Lightning. Steven Stamkos victimized Edmonton for two goals, as the Oilers fell to 3-6-2 as the visiting team this season. "We made three mistakes tonight and two of them went to the wrong player," Oilers head coach Dallas Eakins said, referring to Stamkos. Edmonton did manage to fire 40 shots on net Thursday, but Ben Bishop turned aside 38 of those attempts to frustrate the Oilers offense time and again. "Its one of those nights where I loved the way we played. We played with passion," Eakins added. Taylor Hall returned from a knee injury to register one of Edmontons two tallies, with Taylor Fedun accounting for the other. Dubnyk stopped 22- of-25 shots in the loss. The Oilers are set to close their four-game swing Sunday in Chicago. 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