Wrights big three leads Raptors to third straight win, 94-88 over Timberwolves

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TORONTO - Antoine Wright hit a critical three-pointer with just over a minute remaining as the Toronto Raptors continued their mastery over the Minnesota Timberwolves with a 94-88 win Tuesday night.
Chris Bosh led the way with 21 points and 16 rebounds for the Raptors (10-13), who have won 11 straight meetings against the Timberwolves dating back to 2004.
Jarrett Jack had 17 points, Hedo Turkoglu added 16 and Andrea Bargnani and DeMar DeRozan chipped in with 15 apiece as Toronto won its third straight for the first time this season.
Kevin Love had 18 points off the bench to pace Minnesota (3-18), which lost for the third time in four games. Jonny Flynn scored 11 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter, while Ryan Gomes added 16 in defeat.
After Minnesota rallied from a late six-point deficit to tie the game 84-84, Turkoglu stole an errant pass and went in for an uncontested dunk. Toronto stopped the Timberwolves at the other end, and Wright buried a three - Toronto's second in 21 attempts - to send the Air Canada Crowd of 15,167 into a frenzy.
Jack was Toronto's most complete player Tuesday, adding eight assists and seven rebounds in place of starting point guard Jose Calderon, who missed out with a sore left hip.
After the Raptors saw their eight-point halftime lead whittled to three on a Damien Wilkins dunk, DeRozan converted a three-point play and added a two-handed breakaway slam later in the quarter to put Toronto up 56-48. The lead grew to 11 before Minnesota rallied, with a Ramon Sessions jumper that sent the Timberwolves into the fourth quarter down 64-63.
Toronto built a pair of five-point leads to open the fourth, only to see the Timberwolves rally back both times. With the game tied 75-75, Bosh hit a reverse layup while falling to the court, and made the ensuing free throw to put Toronto back ahead.
A Bargnani three restored the five-point edge, and he added a tip-in on Toronto's next possession. But the Timberwolves responded once more, a Love 14-footer tying the game 84-84 and setting the stage for the Raptors' late heroics.
The Raptors, who wore retro uniforms to honour the 1946-47 Toronto Huskies, won despite shooting just 32 per cent from the field. Minnesota finished at 37 per cent, but had 15 turnovers contributing to 15 Raptors points.
Bosh opened the game with emphasis, slamming home a dunk in the opening seconds. He finished the quarter with eight points and seven rebounds - both game highs - as the Raptors built a six-point lead before Love hit a long contested jumper with less than second left, then made the ensuing foul shot to cut the deficit to 23-20.
A pair of Gomes jumpers ignited a 6-0 Minnesota run midway through the second quarter that gave the Timberwolves a one-point lead. The Raptors answered back, with Turkoglu's driving layup sparking a 14-4 surge that helped Toronto build a 43-35 halftime advantage.
The first half was as ugly as it gets from an offensive standpoint: The Raptors shot just 31.6 per cent from the field but still managed to outdo the Timberwolves, who went into the break at a 29.5-per-cent clip.
Notes: Bargnani's three extended Toronto's streak of games with at least one three-pointer to a league-record 883. ... With Calderon out, the Bosh-Bargnani-Turkoglu-DeRozan-Jack quintet represented just the third different starting lineup the Raptors have used this season. Toronto used 15 different starting lineups in 2008-09. ... Original Huskies player Gino Sovran of Windsor, Ont., was honoured prior to the game. Sovran, 85, appeared in six games with the team before he was released. ... Ex-Raptors guard Dee Brown sat courtside, and was given a warm ovation in the first quarter.

Organizations: Toronto Raptors, Minnesota Timberwolves

Geographic location: TORONTO, Minnesota, Windsor

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