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Raptors Tame Wolves To Keep Pace In Playoff Race
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SCORE RECAP PHOTOS VIDEOS
FINAL SCORE
RAPTORS 106 100 WOLVES
Jay Satur
March 22, 2010
Target Center
Minneapolis, MN
IT WAS OVER WHEN...

The Raptors pushed a one-point halftime advantage to as many as 14 points in the third quarter. But with Toronto ahead 91-82 in the fourth, the Timberwolves rattled off a 7-0 run to pull within one possession -- something they'd do another four times in the final 3:28.

Hedo Turkoglu, Antoine Wright and Jarret Jack all responded with timely baskets down the stretch to keep the Wolves at bay until a crucial Jose Calderon free throw gave the Raps the cushion they needed with 17.8 seconds to play.

THE GAME CHANGER

It was an up-and-down night from Bosh, who was quiet from the field in the first half and turned it over five times in the second. But he surged in the third quarter for nine points (4-4 FGM-A), which kicked off a crucial 20-7 run to start the frame and establish the Raptors' biggest lead of the night.

Bosh finished with 21 points and ten rebounds to record his 44th double-double on the season -- a new franchise mark.

THE UNDERRATED RAPTOR

Hedo Turkoglu struggled in the first half with foul trouble, but really responded when reinserted in the second half with improved shooting and strong playmaking ability.

During that final three-and-a-half minute stretch of the fourth, Turkoglu hit a three-pointer and a layup, set up two teammates for jumpers and pulled down two key rebounds. It was an impressive late display, albeit one Raptors fans want to see much more frequently.

THAT'S A RAP

"I think we had good energy on defense. I think the Nets went 13-of-30 in the second half. We were much more focused on the defensive end. Despite giving up some offensive rebounds, we were hungry for the ball. We were aiming at getting two or three stops in a row and we were able to do that. It’s something we have to grow on. For the most part, on defense, I think we disrupted the Nets with some changes and some trapping once in a while... We tried to change things up and keep our guys on their toes and the Nets off balanced"

- Head coach Jay Triano on the win.

3-GAME OUTLOOK

Wed., March 24 @ Utah Jazz
7:00 PM ET (TSN2, FAN590)

GAME NOTES:
The Raptors return to Air Canada Centre for a tough two games against Western Conference foes, starting with the Jazz on Wednesday night. Chris Bosh scored 32 points and hauled in 17 boards when the teams first met on Nov. 8 at Salt Lake City, but three members of the Jazz scored at least 20 points in a 104-91 victory. The Raptors have lost four straight games to the Jazz at home and nine straight overall.

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The Numbers
12 Number of consecutive wins for the Raptors over the Timberwolves
44 Number of double doubles on the season for Chris Bosh, a new franchise high
36 Number of games Chris Bosh has had at least 20 points, 10 rebounds -- a league high
29 Number of Raptors assists on 41 made field goals
12-8 Offensive rebounding totals favouring Toronto
They Said It...
Hedo Turkoglu "I always tell him shoot the ball. You've got to take that jumper, if you miss you miss. I always tell them with this style of basketball your confidence has to be high.”
- Hedo Turkoglu
Kurt Rambis "Overall our half court defense let us down in the second half; they shot 60% in the second half. We happened to shoot well in the second half too, but we just couldn't find ways to get stops."
- Wolves head coach Kurt Rambis on the second half..
Chris Bosh "... we have a tough stretch ahead of us, some tough games. It's going to be a photo finish to the last day of the season. It's really not going to be established until pretty much the last day."
- Chris Bosh on the road ahead.