The league’s second-highest scoring team lost its shooting touch and the Raptors capitalized in another victory Friday night at the Air Canada Centre.

The Minnesota Timberwolves shot a miserable 16.7% from three-point range (3-for-18), while the surging Raptors hit at least 10 threes (11 at a 45.8% clip) for the fourth time in a row, one short of a franchise record.

The end result was a 94-89 win by the 20-18 Raptors, who stayed in front of the Atlantic Division and moved back into third place in the conference.

Kyle Lowry snuffed out a Wolves rally with a dagger three-pointer in the dying seconds as Minnesota could not pull out yet another close game. Lowry finished with 24 points, six assists and five rebounds, hitting a career-best six treys, prompting a few “MVP” chants from the sellout crowd.

Lowry’s response: “Didn’t hear them, but you’ll see some pigs flying over there (the other side of the locker room) if I win MVP,” he said with a smile.

DeMar DeRozan struggled following a 3-for-4 start, going 1-for-12, before hitting a crucial two-pointer, Terrence Ross came up with some big defensive plays and chipped in 16 points and Jonas Valanciunas came up big on the boards and defensively against mammoth Kings centre Nikola Pekovic.

“It wasn’t easy, it’s like he’s getting bigger,” Valanciunas said of the 285-pounder.

Toronto improved to 14-6 since the Rudy Gay trade with the Sacramento Kings and Lowry is looking like a no-brainer all-star pick right about now.

Head coach Dwane Casey had challenged Valanciunas after he got soundly outplayed in a disappointing loss to Boston earlier this week and the sophomore centre responded with 11 rebounds against Pekovic and Kevin Love, the NBA’s No. 2 rebounder.

“The bigs redeemed themselves (from the Boston debacle),” Lowry said.

“We had a bounce back as a team from the other night,” added Casey.

“We were disappointed that we were ambushed in Boston.”

It showed. The Raptors refused to give ground to the bigger visitors and matched the Wolves on the offensive boards. The home side also prevented one of the league’s most run-happy squads from getting out on the break.

Love struggled, shooting just 6-for-18. Two years ago, Amir Johnson held Love to 3-for-16 shooting here.

Johnson said he was just following instructions and isn’t sure why he’s had so much success against one of the league’s top players.

“The game-plan was to stick on Kevin Love like white on rice,” he said, drawing chuckles

Toronto held Minnesota to just 15 points in the opening 12 minutes, a season-low for an opponent in a quarter.