Raptors 94, Timberwolves 88

The Raptors didn’t want to hear that they’d won ugly.

Chris Bosh had 21 points and 16 rebounds, Jarrett Jack had 17

points and eight assists and Toronto beat the Minnesota

Timberwolves 94-88 on Tuesday night for their first three-game win

streak this season.

The Raptors won despite shooting just 32 percent (26 for 81),

including 2 for 21 from 3-point range, but Bosh didn’t care.

“A win is a win to me,” he said. “I’ve never been picky in

that category. As long as you find a way, that’s what it’s

about.”

Coach Jay Triano, whose team had lost five straight and nine of

11 before its current streak, had no problem with the

performance.

“I think it was beautiful,” Triano said. “I wouldn’t take

away any of the shots we took. It just seemed like there was a lid

on the basket.”

Hedo Turkoglu scored 16 points, and DeMar DeRozan and Andrea

Bargnani each added 15 as Toronto extended its winning streak over

Minnesota to 11 games. The Raptors have not lost to the

Timberwolves since a 108-97 home loss on Jan. 21, 2004.

“These type of wins build character and show character,” Jack

said. “You’re not playing the way you’re capable of but you’ve got

to find a way, find something and gut the victory out. It wasn’t

pretty but it goes down as a W and that’s the important

thing.”

Jack started in place of Jose Calderon (sore left hip), who

missed his first game of the season after leaving Saturday’s win at

Chicago.

Al Jefferson had 12 points and 11 rebounds, and Kevin Love

scored 18 points for the Timberwolves in his third game since

returning from a fractured left hand he sustained in the

preseason.

Rookie Jonny Flynn scored 17 points, Ryan Gomes had 16 and

Damien Wilkins added 10 for the Timberwolves, the third straight

Toronto opponent to shoot less than 40 percent.

“We’re starting to dial in a little bit,” Triano said of

Toronto’s defense. “We’ve changed a few things and it seems to be

working right now.”

Trailing 64-63 to begin the fourth, Ramon Sessions gave

Minnesota its first lead midway through the second quarter with a

pull-up jumper. Jack quickly responded with a layup as Toronto

reclaimed the lead and never trailed again.

After starting 0 for 17 from 3-point range, Bargnani finally

connected from outside with 4:31 left in the fourth, putting the

Raptors up 82-77. The shot extended Toronto’s NBA-record streak of

consecutive games with at least one 3-pointer to 883.

Down 84-78 with 3:38 left, the Timberwolves tied it on a layup

by Jefferson, two free throws from Gomes and a baseline jumper by

Love. But on their next possession, a sloppy behind-the-back bounce

pass by Flynn led to a breakaway dunk for Turkoglu.

Minnesota coach Kurt Rambis, who spoke before the game about

Flynn’s struggles fitting into a rigid system, didn’t fault the

young point guard for the turnover.

“It wasn’t the greatest pass in the world,” Rambis said. “It

was the appropriate decision, it just wasn’t the greatest

pass.”

Flynn did not speak to the media but Love, who’d been open

outside the 3-point line, acknowledged being upset with himself for

not reacting quickly enough.

“I’ve got to go get the ball,” Love said. “I let the ball

bounce and that was a five-point swing right there. I know a lot of

things happened in the game, we fought back. I’ve just to go get

that ball.”

Flynn missed a jumper on the next trip before Toronto’s Antoine

Wright hit a 3-pointer in the corner, putting the Raptors up 89-84

with 1:03 remaining.

Toronto made 40 0f 48 at the free throw line, both season-highs,

while the Timberwolves finished 19 for 23.

“It’s awful tough to beat teams whenever there’s a wide margin

in the free throws like that,” Rambis said.

Bosh had eight points and seven rebounds as Toronto led 23-20

after one quarter.

Both teams struggled in the second, with the Raptors shooting 3

for 14 and the Timberwolves shooting 6 for 23. Jack made all six of

his free throw attempts in the second as Toronto extended its lead

to 43-35 at the half.

Toronto continued to shoot poorly in the third, going 7 for 22,

yet still led by 11, 63-52, with 2:45 left in the quarter.

Minnesota ended the third on an 11-1 run, cutting it to 64-63

heading into the fourth.

NOTES: Flynn, from nearby Niagara Falls, N.Y., left tickets for

a busload of more than 20 family and friends. … Toronto’s 54

rebounds were a season-high. … The Raptors wore the blue and

white uniforms of the 1946 Toronto Huskies of the Basketball

Association of America, the first of six games this season they’ll

wear them. The Timberwolves wore their original 1989 jerseys. …

Minnesota F Nathan Jawai, who played for Toronto last season, did

not travel with the team because of an illness.