NBA Game Summary - Minnesota at Toronto
(Tuesday, February 24th)
Final Score: Toronto 118, Minnesota 110
Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Chris Bosh and Andrea Bargnani both scored 26 points to lead six double-digit scorers, as the Toronto Raptors hung on to beat the Minnesota Timberwolves, 118-110, at Air Canada Centre.
Anthony Parker added 24 points, grabbed seven rebounds, and dished out six assists for the Raptors, who has won four of its last six outings. Jose Calderon ended with 15 points and 13 helpers, while Jason Kapono added 11 points off the bench in the win.
Toronto also claimed their 10th consecutive victory over the Timberwolves.
"We got off to a very slow start. I think our guys were down a step early, but we picked it up and I give them credit for that, they bounced back," said Toronto head coach Jay Triano.
Minnesota was paced by Randy Foye, who finished with 25 points, including five three-pointers. Ryan Gomes ended with 23 points for the Wolves, who have dropped three straight games. Kevin Love added 15 points, while Sebastian Telfair finished with 12 points and Mike Miller grabbed a season-high 12 rebounds in defeat.
"We had to stop their run and we didn't do that," said Love. "They made some big shots down the stretch and Andrea (Bargnani) and (Chris) Bosh really stepped up for them tonight."
After Miller's jumper tied the game at 84 early in the final quarter, Toronto used a 9-2 run to build a seven-point cushion. Parker's three-point play culminated the spurt with under 10 minutes remaining.
Kevin Ollie's jumper with just over 7 1/2 minutes remaining cut the margin to three, 97-94. But the Raptors outscored Minnesota 6-1 in the following minute to extend their lead to eight, 103-95.
The Wolves fired back with six consecutive points to cut the gap to two, 103-101, with about 5 1/2 minutes to go.
Ahead 105-103, Toronto essentially sealed the win with an 11-3 surge. Parker topped off the run with a trey from the corner with 1 1/2 minutes left.
Trailing 6-4 early in the contest, Minnesota took control of the quarter with a 21-7 run to go ahead by 12, 25-13. Love and Gomes combined to score 12 points during the surge, which was capped off with a Foye three-pointer with 5:18 to go.
The Timberwolves, who led by as many as 14 in the period, took a 37-25 advantage into the second frame.
"We want to get off to good starts but sometimes if they don't happen, we don't panic," said Bosh. "We just keep playing the ball that we want to play."
Down 49-33 with under eight minutes until half, Toronto found their groove and cut the gap to one, 51-50, with a 17-2 spurt. Bargnani tallied eight points during the run, which he topped off with a pair of foul shots.
During the less than six-minute surge by the Raptors, Minnesota shot a measly 1-of-9 from the field. But they held onto a 56-52 edge going into the locker room. Bargnani had 13 points in the half on a 4-of-8 shooting performance from the field.
Toronto carried its momentum from the end of the first half over into the third period. The Raptors started the third frame with a 13-4 run to take their first lead since early in the first quarter. Calderon stole the ball from Foye and hit Bargnani for a deuce to culminate the spurt. But the Wolves fought back with a surge of their own.
Minnesota responded with an 11-2 spurt to take a 71-67 lead with under seven minutes remaining. Foye hit two shots from beyond the arc to start the run, while Gomes capped it with a three-point play and a layup.
The Raptors closed the stanza on a strong note and held onto a 84-82 advantage after 36 minutes of play.
The Raptors went 20-of-21 from the foul line, while the Wolves shot 16-of-19 from the stripe...Minnesota has lost five straight and seven of its last eight at Toronto. It is 3-11 all-time at Air Canada Centre...Raptors forward Joey Graham left after three quarters with a strained right hamstring...Toronto guard Marcus Banks (back) did not dress for the second straight game...Minnesota's last win in Toronto was a 108-97 victory on Jan. 21, 2004.
02/25 00:35:07 ET