Thursday , Dec , 16 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Toronto Raptors Team Report – December 16

=== Toronto Raptors Team Report – December 16 ===

(Sports Network) – Chris Bosh waited to face the reigning league MVP to have
his best game of the season, posting 24 points and 14 rebounds in Toronto’s
96-90 win over Kevin Garnett and the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Morris Peterson added 19 points in the victory that snapped the Raptors’
seven-game slide. Bosh was one point shy of his career high, shooting 11-
for-21.

With Minnesota ahead by three at the start of the final stanza, the teams
traded blows early until the Wolves went cold and Donyell Marshall’s shot from
long range propelled Toronto on a 16-2 burst.

Bosh was the catalyst during the rally, outworking Kevin Garnett inside for
two buckets in the paint, the latter pushing the cushion to 91-81 with 3 1/2
minutes remaining. Peterson added a three for good measure to hand the Raptors
their biggest lead of the night at 94-83.

During the same stretch, Minnesota was held without a field goal for over 6
1/2 minutes as Garnett’s two free throws on Matt Bonner’s flagrant foul
accounted for the team’s only points.

Bonner was ejected for the flagrant two foul that knocked Garnett on his back.
Latrell Sprewell immediately came to the aid of the fallen Garnett, but the
officials were able to maintain control.

Garnett drained a three with just under a minute remaining to narrow the gap
to 94-88, but that was as close as the Wolves would get.

Toronto returns to action on Friday against the Indiana Pacers.

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