Final

Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 2)

Series starts 12/15

Game 1: Wednesday, December 15th
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Raptors96
Game 2: Monday, January 17th
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Timberwolves91

Raptors 100

(16-23, 3-18 away)

Timberwolves 91

(19-18, 10-8 home)

    5:00 PM ET, January 17, 2005

    Target Center, Minneapolis, MN

    1 2 3 4 T
    TOR 30 28 16 26100
    MIN 24 21 23 2391

    Top Performers

    Toronto: R. Alston 18 Pts, 1 Reb, 15 Ast, 2 Stl

    Minnesota: K. Garnett 20 Pts, 14 Reb, 4 Ast, 1 Stl

    Marshall's 22 points help Raptors win

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Doynell Marshall's sharp shooting made the Toronto Raptors a winner in Minnesota for the first time in franchise history.

    Marshall made six 3-pointers and scored 22 points, leading the Raptors to a 100-91 victory over the Timberwolves on Monday.

    The Raptors beat the Timberwolves for the first time in Minnesota since entering the NBA in the 1995-96 season. They were 0-8 before Marshall, the Timberwolves' first-round draft choice in 1994, shot 6-of-8 from 3-point range and scored 11 points in the fourth quarter to hold off a late rally by the Wolves. Toronto snapped an 11-game road losing streak overall, one shy of the club record.

    "I just fell into a groove early, and even when I missed, I still felt good -- I didn't miss by much," Marshall said.

    Rafer Alston and Chris Bosh worked the pick-and-roll to near perfection as the Raptors raced out to an 18-point first-half lead. Alston scored 18 points and had 15 assists, while Bosh posted 19 points and 11 rebounds for Toronto, which has won four of five.

    "I want Rafer to frame that stat sheet," Raptors coach Sam Mitchell said. "Fifteen assists, two turnovers, but only three 3-point attempts. That's the thing we're trying to get him to understand. He's getting better at it. He's listening. As quick as he is, he has to keep pressure on the defense by turning that corner. When he turns that corner, most of the time good things happen."

    Wally Szczerbiak led the Timberwolves with 25 points, and Kevin Garnett added 20 points and 14 boards for Minnesota, which fell to 3-7 in January.

    "When you're going through difficult times, you have to always keep in mind that things could be a lot worse," Garnett said. "At this point, patience is the only thing we have to grasp. We've just got to continue to work hard."

    Minnesota jumped out to a 13-6 lead, but the Raptors surged ahead with a 24-7 run. Bosh and Alston combined to shoot 9-for-10 in the first quarter as Minnesota struggled to shut down Toronto's pick-and-roll offense.

    Toronto built its lead to as much as 18 in the second quarter thanks to a major disparity in 3-point shooting. The Timberwolves missed their first 12 3-pointers and were 0-for-7 from behind the arc in the first half, while the Raptors hit 6-of-8 3s in the first half.

    "That was the difference in the game," Szczerbiak said. "We were 1-for-16 on our 3s and they were 10-for-20. That's a tough discrepancy to overcome."

    Minnesota rallied in the third, getting within a basket twice, with the help of consecutive goaltending calls on the Raptors during an 8-0 run. Szczerbiak scored on three straight possessions late in the quarter to make it 70-68, but Bosh slammed home an offensive rebound and hit two free throws as Toronto extended its lead back to six after the third.

    Minnesota finally connected on a 3-pointer with 6:09 left in the game. Eddie Griffin's shot rattled around the rim and fell, cutting Toronto's lead to 81-80. But Jalen Rose scored on consecutive possessions and Marshall later hit 3-pointers on back-to-back possessions to seal the victory for the Raptors.

    "You just can't dig a hole like that. You can't give up 58 points in the first half because you have to exert so much energy to try to make it a game again," Timberwolves coach Flip Saunders said. "(Marshall) made seven shots, and six of them were 3s. If he misses those, it might be a different game. But he made big shots."

    Game notes


    Minnesota played without point guard Sam Cassell, who missed his sixth straight game with a strained hamstring, and center Michael Olowokandi, who sat out the second game of his four-game suspension after a Jan. 14 fight in Denver. ... Mitchell played 10 seasons for the Timberwolves and is the franchise leader in games played with 757. ... Bosh posted his eighth straight double-double, tying a team record last set by Marshall last February. Meanwhile, Garnett posted his 35th double-double in 37 games this season.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    TOR
    MIN
    Points 100 91
    FGM-FGA 35-76 (.461) 35-83 (.422)
    3PM-3PA 10-20 (.500) 1-16 (.063)
    FTM-FTA 20-28 (.714) 20-27 (.741)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 9-42 13-43
    Assists 23 23
    Turnovers 12 11
    Steals 6 6
    Blocks 4 6
    Fast Break Points 11 14
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 20 (0/0) 25 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 18 7

    Top Performers

    Toronto
    Minnesota
    Rafer Alston Alston
    Points: 18
    Reb: 1
    Ast: 15
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 0
    Kevin Garnett Garnett
    Points: 20
    Reb: 14
    Ast: 4
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0