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Toronto at Minnesota

Raptors rally to defeat Timberwolves; Parker leads with 24 points

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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MINNEAPOLIS -- The Toronto Raptors' depth helped them pull out another victory.

Anthony Parker had 13 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter, and seven Raptors scored in double-figures to help Toronto rally and beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 111-100 on Monday night.

Jose Calderon scored 11 of his 12 points in the fourth for the Raptors, who overcame a nine-point deficit in the final quarter to stretch their winning streak to four.

"We made some 3s at the right time," said Toronto coach Sam Mitchell.

The Raptors made 6-for-9 3-pointers in the fourth and outscored Minnesota 38-21. Toronto improved to 32-15 since Jan. 1 -- the best record in the Eastern Conference.

The Raptors, who clinched their first Atlantic Division title Friday, closed to within one game of idle Chicago and Cleveland for the second-best record in the East.

"Everybody is ready to help," said Calderon, one of three Raptors reserves who played all of the last quarter. "We started moving the ball more."

Chris Bosh had his ninth consecutive double-double with 16 points and 13 rebounds for Toronto, and T.J. Ford, who sat all of the fourth, contributed 17 points and 10 assists.

The Raptors boosted their record to 45-33 and have recorded 18 more wins than they had all of last season -- the biggest improvement in the NBA.

"It's a great feeling to come from last year, when we had all those losses," Bosh said. "I felt like I was a winner last year, but the record was what it was. This is just a lot of fun."

Ricky Davis led the Timberwolves with 28 points and eight assists. Kevin Garnett and Craig Smith added 17 points each for Minnesota, which lost its second consecutive game.

Garnett shot just 7-for-23 for the Timberwolves, who dropped to 4-10 in their past 14 games.

One more Minnesota loss or one more Los Angeles Clippers victory will eliminate the Timberwolves from playoff contention.

"I thought we played real well for three-and-a-half quarters, and then we kind of gave it away in the last six minutes," Smith said. "We have to make them adjust to us."

Minnesota has made a habit of blowing leads this season -- even at home. The Timberwolves gave up a 25-point advantage in a 114-106 loss to Seattle on March 27 and a 17-point cushion in a 100-95 defeat to Charlotte on Feb. 21. Both games were at Target Center.

"I thought a lot of the time we defended them pretty good, but they made shots down the stretch," Minnesota interim coach Randy Wittman said. "Hats off to Toronto."

The Raptors trailed 79-73 at the start of the fourth, and the Timberwolves made it 83-74 on Rashad McCants' layup with 10:39 remaining.

Toronto, however, grabbed control from there, ending the game on a 37-17 run. Calderon's 20-foot jumper gave the Raptors the lead for good with 7:48 left at 86-85.

"That's how he's been playing all year," Ford said of his backup at point guard. "He took over the game."

Calderon, Parker and Juan Dixon made two 3-pointers apiece and combined for 32 points in the fourth quarter for the Raptors, winners in nine of their last 11 games.

For the entire fourth, Toronto used a lineup of starters Bosh and Parker along with reserves Calderon, Dixon and Kris Humphries -- a former University of Minnesota star.

"We tried to make some stops in the fourth, but Parker hit some 3s, Dixon hit some big 3s. The young point guard hit some 3s and big shots," Garnett said. "It was great initial defense. They just hit shots."

Notes

  • The Raptors are 10-8 in the second half of back-to-back games this season, and have won their last four in that situation.
  • The 38 fourth-quarter points were a season-high for the Raptors.
  • Toronto has won the last six games between the teams and leads the series 12-11.
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Point guard T.J. Ford -- with 17 points -- is one of seven Raptors in double figures.  (Getty Images)
Point guard T.J. Ford -- with 17 points -- is one of seven Raptors in double figures. (Getty Images)

Scoreboard
Toronto (45-33) «25232538111
Minnesota (32-45) 27252721100
TOR:A. Parker 24 Pts
TOR:C. Bosh 13 Reb
TOR:T. Ford 10 Ast
MIN:R. Davis 28 Pts
MIN:K. Garnett 10 Reb
MIN:R. Davis 8 Ast
Players of the Game
MinnesotaToronto

R. Davis

A. Parker
PtsRebsAstPtsRebsAst
28382444
Toronto
C. Bosh, PF454-98-10132016
A. Parker, SG398-173-344224
T. Ford, PG286-134-4410117
R. Nesterovic, C236-80-071312
J. Graham, SF203-94-422310
J. Dixon, SG275-120-010313
K. Humphries, PF252-31-38035
J. Calderon, PG204-52-407112
M. Peterson, SG60-20-00010
L. Jackson, SF61-30-00102
D. Martin, PGDid Not Play
P. Sow, PFDid Not Play
U. Slokar, PFDid Not Play
J. Garbajosa, PFDid Not Play
A. Bargnani, PFDid Not Play
Totals 39-8122-28392717111
 48.1%78.6% 
Minnesota
R. Davis, SG399-176-638228
K. Garnett, PF347-233-4106417
M. James, PG275-101-223111
M. Blount, C220-32-29012
M. Jaric, PG221-30-04413
C. Smith, PF318-101-331517
R. McCants, SG215-80-011411
R. Foye, PG212-44-42059
T. Hassell, SF141-20-05212
M. Madsen, C80-10-03010
T. Hudson, PGDid Not Play
B. Wright, SGDid Not Play
J. Reed, SFDid Not Play
Totals 38-8117-21422525100
 46.9%81.0% 
Other Games
Det 91 Final
NY 83
Orl 117 Final
Mil 94
Port 96 Final
SA 112
LAC 86 Final
Dal 96
LAL 111 Final
Den 115
Hou 95 Final
Sea 90
Utah 102 Final
GS 126