NBA Game Summary - Toronto at Minnesota
(Monday, April 9th)
Final Score: Toronto 111, Minnesota 100
Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) - Anthony Parker drained five three-pointers and finished with 24 points, as the Toronto Raptors downed the Minnesota Timberwolves, 111-100, at the Target Center.
T.J. Ford added 17 points and 10 assists for the playoff-bound Raptors, who have won four straight and seven of their last eight games.
Chris Bosh contributed 16 points and a game-high 13 rebounds in the victory, while Juan Dixon came off the bench to score 13 points. Bosh has recorded a double-double in nine straight games.
Toronto, which is currently the third seed in the Eastern Conference, now trails idle Chicago by one game for the second spot.
Ricky Davis poured in 28 points and donated eight assists for the Timberwolves, who have lost six of their last eight games. Kevin Garnett had 17 points, 10 rebounds and six assists, and Craig Smith also had 17 points.
Trailing by five points in the fourth quarter, the Raptors took control of the game and ripped off a 10-0 run to take a 90-85 lead with about 6 1/2 minutes to play. Dixon had five points during the stretch, including a three-pointer that started things.
Toronto increased its lead to 97-89 after Jose Calderon drilled a trey from the right corner with 4:41 remaining.
Minnesota was able to cut the deficit to six points, but a three from Parker gave the Raptors a nine-point advantage at 105-96 with a little under two minutes to play.
Toronto then put things away with 57.3 ticks remaining after Calderon was left open at the top of the key and he drained a three-pointer to make it a 10- point contest at 108-98.
The Raptors finished the game shooting 11-of-25 from beyond the arc.
"We just started moving the ball better," Calderon said. "We just tried to find the open guy like always. I don't know why we didn't do it for the first three quarters, but after we started moving the ball we started playing like we're used to."
The Timberwolves led 27-25 after the opening quarter paced by 16 points from Davis. The 16 points netted by Davis was a season-high scored in one quarter for the guard.
Minnesota went into halftime with a 52-48 advantage.
"We tried to make some stops in the fourth, but Parker hits some threes," Garnett said. "Dixon hit some big threes. The young point guard (Calderon) hit some threes and big shots. It was great initial defense; they just hit shots."
Toronto has won three straight against Minnesota on the road...Calderon finished with 12 points on 4-of-5 shooting from the field and also had seven assists...Toronto guard Morris Peterson was available to play for the Raptors after the league downgraded a flagrant foul call on Sunday from a Type II to Type I. He played just six minutes and did not score.
04/10 02:37:11 ET